In the year 635AD a visitor arrived on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne that would change this Island for ever. This man was St Aidan, he came from Iona and decided to set up his Monastery on the Island and from here the Christian faith spread across the world. Holy Island is located on the far North of the Northumberland Coast, a short distance below Berwick-Upon-Tweed. As such it has become a centre of pilgrimage for some 650,000 visitors to the Island each year, with many choosing to walk ‘the Pilgrim’s Path’ at low tide. Marked by tall wooden poles, this path can be seen from the main causeway. It’s an amazing number of visitors considering the population of the Island stands at just of 160! You don’t need a religious reason for visiting Holy Island.
Getting to Holy Island takes a bit of planning! Access to the Island is limited by the tide, twice a day at high tide the Island becomes inaccessible. Safe crossing times are published by Northumberland County Council and are available via the link. This doesn’t seem to stop people from getting stuck however! Each year there are many reports of people ‘risking it’ and having to be rescued from one of the raised safety points on the causeway.
Getting there by car is easy, the causeway is not far from the A1, approximately 8 miles South of Berwick-Upon-Tweed, you need to take the crossroads East at Beal. From here it’s just five miles to the Island. As you enter the Island by car, follow the road along for about a mile and on the left you will see a car park. Unless you have a disabled badge you must park here, there is no longer parking available on the road to the Castle as there used to be many years ago. If you require disabled parking continue on this road and take your first left where you will see the Coach and disabled car park. There is a minibus service on the Island that links the two car parks and the Castle during it’s opening hours for those not able or willing to walk from the Village.