A TIDAL ISLAND: Holy Island is linked to the
mainland by a long causeway. Twice each day the tide sweeps in
from the North Sea and covers the road. Tide times and heights can
be accurately predicted from the phases of the Moon. Severe
weather can produce offsets, particularly with strong winds from
the North and Northeast. The causeway crossing times are
forecasted 'safe' crossing times. Nevertheless, travellers should
remain vigilant if crossing near the extremities.
Climatic charts indicate that Holy Island, on average, is one of
the driest parts of the country. It is a rain-shadow area. But
yes, of course it does rain - sometimes!
Proceed along the main A1 roadway
to the crossroad at Beal which is approximately 8 miles South of
Berwick-upon-Tweed and about 65 miles from both
Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Edinburgh - halfway between
From the A1, Beal appears to consist of `The Lindisfarne Inn' and
`Lindisfarne Services' both to the East (or seaward) side of the
road.) `Holy Island' is signposted East from Beal - distance 5
Road access to the Island is via the tiny hamlet of Beal and its
crossroad with the A1 trunk road - distinguished by Lindisfarne
Inn and Lindisfarne Services (Penny Petroleum
). Beal is
located around 65 miles from international airports at Newcastle
and Edinburgh - and is only 8 miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Beal is the focus for ALL island traffic: commercial/private
vehicles, local/regional bus routes as well as cyclists and
'The Holy Island of
Lindisfarne' is a tidal island and can only be accessed via a
metalled causeway. Tidal closure affects all forms of transport. A
notice board at the Beal side of the causeway provides tide and
causeway opening times
It can also be sought from the English Tourist Information Centre
. More frequent visitors might wish to purchase the "Islanders'
version" in a convenient booklet from either the 'Holy Island Post
Office' or 'Lindisfarne Centre'. Guests are usually provided with
causeway crossing times when confirming bookings with their
Our nearest international airports
are Edinburgh and Newcastle each about 65 miles distant.
The nearest mainline station is at
Berwick-upon-Tweed on the London (Kings Cross) to Edinburgh LNER
line and also the cross-country links from the Midlands and
Southwest. [www.thetrainline.com] A public bus service (route 477)
operates from the station to the Island although the frequency
varies considerably from Summer-to-Winter and according to the
prevailing tide. Throughout the year, there are several taxi
services that operate from the station to the island.
REGIONAL BUS (Routes X15 and X18):
regional service operates between Newcastle-upon-Tyne and
Berwick-upon-Tweed. Buses will stop, on request, at Beal. From the
Beal crossroad there is a 5 mile walk to the island unless your
journey is timed to coincide with the above route 477 Holy Island
bus from Berwick-upon-Tweed.
LOCAL BUS - Route 477:
A bus service operates
to the Island from Berwick Station on most days during summer months
but sometimes as few as once a week between September and May.
LOCAL TAXI MINIBUS:
There are several local
taxi and minibus services in Berwick and the surrounding area. Our
link here takes you to our regular providers who have intimate
knowledge of the tides and local conditions. They are able to suit
most requirements from collection at the nearby airports of
Edinburgh, Newcastle and Edinburgh and Berwick mainline railway
station - even from the bus stop at Beal! information
Other than for residents, PARKING is
NOT permitted within the village. Please use either the main or
coach car parks.
MAIN CAR PARK:
Vehicles entering the village are directed into the main car park where there are payment machines for cash or cashless payment.
Parking charges between 8.00am and 6.00pm ( October 2023 )
24hours (all day) (£9.50),
72hours (£28.50). Our Car Parks are
managed by Northumberland County Council. For enquiries or faults:
please phone 0345 600 6400
commercial vehicles is available within the village - follow the
road to the left outside the Lindisfarne Hotel. A limited amount
of 'blue-badge' parking is available here and next to the west
wall there are 4 parking stands for electric and hybrid vehicles
with 11kw(16Amp) and 22kW(32Amp) capacities.
charging points for electric and hybrid vehicles
The main toilet bock is
situated within the Coach Park. At the time of writing, the county
council is conducting extensive refurbishment and provided a
number of mobile cubicles on the east side. However, the original
'Crossgates' toilet block remains functional - adjacent to the
For further village layout checkout the
ALL ROAD USERS:
Please keep in mind that you are using the only road connecting
the island and the mainland. This main road enables vital
emergency services as well as 24/7 vehicular access for our
farmers, fishermen and other businesses together with their
whilst a car can cover the 5mile distance to the mainland
comfortably within 15 minutes - during the holiday season this
can ramp to over an hour!
After leaving the A1 the road narrows and there will be many
blind, zigzag bends throughout the journey to the main Holy Island
Shortly after leaving the A1 you will be passing over the level
crossing where the road rises steeply past Beal Farm. At the top
of the hill, you will have a spectacular view of the island in the
distance. Footpaths cease and the road quickly descends into a
zigzag bend. To the left, is the entrance to 'The Barn at Beal'
and ahead is a path for walkers and cyclists.
'path-to-causeway' for walkers and cyclists
The zigzag descent continues to the causeway. In places narrowness
forces opposing traffic to slow. Drivers should be wary of heavily
eroded road-edges. With no highway-drainage, rain water can run
off the fields and form deep puddles at dips in the road. Be wary
of your speed. Walkers and cyclists may have missed their special
route to the causeway and be using the road instead. Throughout
this stretch there is little room for them to step aside. Visiting
foreigners may have little UK highway code knowledge...
At the bottom of the hill, you have reached the 'Beal-End' of the
causeway. Here you will find tables of safe crossing-times. Often
vehicles will be temporally parked whilst browsing the tables.
Please be aware that other traffic may well be approaching this
bottleneck very much faster than expected - unaware that people
have wandered across the road! For your own safety, be alert and
prepared to step off the main road to allow the passage of motor
Beal-End Car Park - now closed!
Within 200 yards the road reduces to a single file as it crosses the
bridge. Take extra care as there is little room for walkers to step to
one side. You will be passing the steps to the refuge box - provided
for those in the event of become stranded by rising tides. Take note
that under adverse conditions advancing sea water can reach the top
single lane only - prepare to give way
The sun is not always shining and the ebbing tide can leave obstacles
and debris covering road markings. Puddles of seawater may obscure
potholes. Do be courteous to other users. Some vehicles may well have
parked or be manoeuvring and unaware of the problems they are causing
to other road users. There remains barely a couple of miles of roadway
ahead before reaching Holy Island car park.
be courteous to other road users
The approach to the main car park is via a particularly narrow, blind
zigzag bend. During the holiday season expect to discover massive
foreign coaches coming towards you; child-cyclists and animals
unexpectedly darting out onto the road.
turn left - main car park
A 20mph speed
limit sign stands just past the car park entrance.
Coaches and blue-badge vehicles heading for the 'Coach Park' should be
wary as huge visitor numbers and narrow pavements frequently force
pedestrians onto the highway. The road continues a short distance then
veers sharply to the left as it passes the Lindisfarne Hotel. In the
picture - turn left just beyond the village post office to the Coach
You have arrived!!
A clearly marked route links
the mainland to the island across the sands and mud. Newcomers are
cautioned against using this route unless accompanied by a person with
local knowledge. Never attempt this route at dusk or on a rising tide!
Open times are NOT published ANYWHERE for the Pilgrims' Way. AONB
Tide times are subject to vast
variations throughout each month and in particular during strong
winds. Tide tables can only be advisory. Ensure that you observe the
warning signs particularly along the road side. The tidal currents can
be very strong. Should you become stranded use the refuge boxes
FOR THE CAUTIOUS:
Whilst a visit to the Island
is always an adventure - well over 650,000 people visit us without any