From across the vast expanse of cyberspace, welcome to the Holy Island
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Holy Island falls under English law in that
what is permissible on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne may not
necessarily be the same in Scotland, Ireland or Wales - perhaps not
even in different parts of England...
advice for international visitors.
at 29th March
no earlier than 12th April
no earlier than 17th May
no earlier than 21st June
for those visiting this area.
Holy Island is 5miles from the A1 trunk road and visitors are
cautioned to take this into account in the government advice.
On the island, the status of Car/Coach Park as well as Public
toilets and Roads are managed and maintained by Northumberland
County Council (NCC). Currently, the toilet block remains closed;
there is limited parking in both car park.
The island streets and pathways are narrow - many streets without
pavements. Some houses have entrances directly onto the street - in
places you may find yourself brushing past their doorways and
Visitors should remember that our beautiful historic island lies in
a very remote part of Northumberland. The Island is tidal in that it
is separated from the mainland by the North Sea twice daily. Long
distances are involved should a hospitalisation emergency develop.
For emergency services phone:
Our delightful, historic island lies just off the extreme Northeast
corner of England near Berwick-upon-Tweed. The small population of
just over 160 persons is swelled by the well over 650,000 visitors
coming from all over the world every year.
A tidal Island:
Lindisfarne is a tidal island reachable via a paved causeway only when
the North Sea tides permit. Safe times to cross are predictable and
can be found here:
. Study them carefully or consult your accommodation provider.
Lindisfarne versus Holy Island:
Locally the island is rarely referred to by its Anglo-Saxon name of
'Lindisfarne'. Following on from that murderous and bloodthirsty
attack on the monastery by the Vikings in 793AD, it obtained its local
name from the observations made by the Durham monks: 'Lindisfarne -
truly a 'Holy Island' baptised in the blood of so many good men....
But its more appropriate title is, 'The Holy Island of Lindisfarne' -
a little lengthy for most maps!
Lindisfarne is a place of uniqueness:
Lindisfarne is internationally famous both for its medieval religious
heritage and also its more recent picturesque 16th century castle.
These, together with most of the community, are located on the
Southern part of the island - the main focus for tourists and
holidaymakers. Many are also attracted by the peace and tranquility
which pervades the Island and the remote Northern conservation area,
with more than its fair share of quiet beaches and unique natural
People visit the Island from all walks of life:
We have a wide range of visitors which includes: bird-watchers,
walkers, fishing-parties, artists, writers, photographers and
film-makers, historians and natural historians, scientists,
journalists, industrialists, politicians, actors, theologians,
wildfowlers, yachters, golfers (resting overnight in-between the
excellent nearby Northumberland golf courses) as well as thousands of
Christian and non-Christian pilgrims.
Do not be misled into thinking that you can see it all in a day's
Even a couple of overnight stays at one of the Island's excellent
hotels, guest-houses and retreats will be sufficient for the briefest
overview. Often the majority of the guests sharing accommodation with
you will, like yourself, have started with a day visit. Thousands
return year after year smitten by the spiritual enchantment of a
special very place sought out by man (and woman!) since prehistory.
To avoid disappointment try and book ahead:
There are barely 40 letting rooms on the island and demand can far
outweigh availability throughout the year - particularly in the main
season, weekends and bank holidays. When you do decide to stay, do
make sure that you book accommodation as far ahead as possible. Our
lists a range of places both on the Island and nearby mainland. Please
note that camping and caravaning is not permitted on the Island.
Above all we are a community:
New visitors should note that there is a small, friendly Northumbrian
community living on the island. However, although tourism is a major
industry here there are still a large number of islanders who derive
their living from a vast range of other means - including fishing,
farming and writing as well those who have now retired.
Be a welcome visitor:
The island is our home. Do not expect it to be like the city. Expect
to meet country life and nature in the raw at times. Please keep to
the footpaths provided, use the litter bins, do not disturb the sheep,
seals or other wildlife or wander onto private premises. Keep dogs on
leads and under control.
We trust and hope that you enjoy your visit to our web site. Perhaps
at some future stage we can also look forward to you visiting our
Island. If you do, please be a welcome visitor and treat our home with
Webmaster Sunday 7th March 2021