The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Mysterious and mystical, wild and windswept are the words which best describe the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in November.

Lindisfarne is a tidal island, its insular status ebbing and flowing twice daily with the tide.

The island is accessed via a causeway at strictly controlled times:

The Causeway ©HelenBushe

It’s a small island, just over three miles east to west, and one-and-a-half miles north to south. The castle, built as a fort in 1550, dominates the landscape:

Lindisfarne Castle ©HelenBushe
A Boat and a Castle ©HelenBushe

Upturned hulls of old fishing boats are used as fishermen’s huts:

Fishermen’s Huts in the Mist ©HelenBushe
A Fisherman’s Hut ©HelenBushe

The island is popular with recreational sailors:

Yachts on Lindisfarne ©HelenBushe

Holy Island has been a place of pilgrimage since the 7th century. The original priory was founded by St Aiden in 634AD. The parish church is built where it stood:

Church & Priory ©HelenBushe

The remains of a later priory, established in 1093 can still be explored today:

Lindisfarne Priory ©HelenBushe

I had the privilege of staying on Holy Island for six days last month. The island captivated me. I hope to return sometime soon.

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