The North’s Cradle of Christianity, Holy Island or Lindisfarne Abbey, lies off the Northumberland coast seven miles south of Berwick upon Tweed. St Aiden, the first of 16 Bishops, founded Lindisfarne Abbey in 635AD and the Lindisfarne Gospels illuminated manuscripts were produced here between 698 and 710AD. First attacked by Viking raiders in 693, the monks were eventually forced to flee in 875, taking the body of St Cuthbert, which now rests in Durham Cathederal.

Lindisfarne Priory dates from 1093 and Lindisfarne castle from 1550: both are open to visitors. The island village is home to 180 residents and is surrounded by a National Nature Reserve of international importance. Twice each day tides cover the 2.5 mile vehicle causeway and Lindisfarne reverts to island status for a few hours. The tide comes in extremely quickly, please check safe crossing times at either end of the causeway. If you arrive to early to cross we recommend going for a coffee at the Barn at Beal which has a fantastic viewing point across to the island.


How to travel from Berwick to Holy Island:

By Car;

Please adhere to safe crossing times. The tidal water is very fast at covering the causeway. To travel by car head south on the A1 to the Beal junction then follow signposts. If you plan to travel around our beautiful coast why not hire a car, East Coast Rental Ltd (Tel:01289 307 611, Web:


Public Transport

There is a direct bus route, Perryman’s route 477 (this is the only bus that travels onto the island) – Arriva route X15/X18 stops at Beal garage. From Beal it is a 5 mile walk so again please allow for the tide.


Cycle Route

There is a cycle route, The tracks of the Monks to Holy Island. We have secure bike storage at our house.  To hire a bike we recommend our local bike shop, a few doors down from Sallyport. Wilson Cycles where Norman and Ian are on hand to advise and help.



A local taxi from Berwick upon Tweed to Holy island will cost approximately £23. we recommend Premier Taxis 010289 330680 or A1 Taxis 01289 308 524.

Lindisfarne Castle © l.bailey_beverley on Flickr
Barn at Beal
Where to eat on Holy Island

Barn at Beal – Beal Farm, Beal, Mainland Restaurant Lovely Restaurant on the mainland with stunning views of Holy Island.
Tel: 01289 540 044
Crown and Anchor – The Marketplace, Holy Island Public House Bar and Accommodation, allows dogs in the bar area.
Tel: 01289 389 215
Manor House Hotel – The Marketplace, Holy Island Restaurant Bar and restaurant open daily for lunch and dinner.
Tel: 01289 389 207
Pilgrims Coffee House – Falkland House, Marygate, Holy Island Cafe Beautiful little coffee house for the coffee connoisseur.