The Sykes Cottages Guide To Lindisfarne, the Holy Island

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Any holiday cottage stay in Northumberland would be incomplete without a pilgrimage to the region’s most spiritual and beautiful site, atmospheric Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, a tidal island which is completely cut off from the mainland by North Sea tides twice a day. The island is described as the ‘fountainhead of England’s Christian heritage’ and holds a number of popular visitor attractions in Lindisfarne Castle, Lindisfarne Priory and Lindisfarne Heritage Centre. The island is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where wildlife proliferates and where nature can be enjoyed in the raw.

Northumberland’s Christian heritage stems from Holy Island, which in the seventh century became home to St. Cuthbert. At Lindisfarne Heritage Centre, the St. Cuthbert’s fortunes are chronicled, bringing history to life. The Lindisfarne Heritage Centre is staffed by islanders and is open every day of the year. It is a fascinating place in which to dig deeper into the heritage of this unique and enchanting place.

Lindisfarne Castle is a prepossessing 16th century fortress built from the ruins of the original Lindisfarne Priory, remodelled in Edwardian times into the National Trust country house and walled garden tourists flock to discover today. Lindisfarne Priory lies in ruins but a tour of the remains provides time and space to contemplate the remote beauty of this isolated spot and to appreciate the religious importance of the site as chronicled in the nearby Museum.

Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, is a National Nature Reserve where bird, wildlife and marine life flourish. Rare flowers and insects may be found in the sand dunes to the north of the island, and bird watchers, nature lovers, painters and photographers will be richly rewarded, particularly with an off-season visit.  All visitors will find good food at a variety of outlets in the village; locally caught crab makes a popular lunchtime choice whilst Lindisfarne mead forms a staple purchase of the modern pilgrim. First produced by monks on the island in medieval times, the famous mead is still brewed and sold to this day at St. Aidan’s winery.

Why not take a look at our self catering cottages near to the Holy Island?

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