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:
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:
Upturned hulls of old fishing boats are used as fishermen’s huts:
The island is popular with recreational sailors:
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:
The remains of a later priory, established in 1093 can still be explored today:
I had the privilege of staying on Holy Island for six days last month. The island captivated me. I hope to return sometime soon.