It was an early Sunday morning departure from Melrose as the causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne closed to traffic at 9.35am. Due to the early closure of the causeway, the island was surprisingly quiet. We visited Lindisfarne Priory, St. Mary’s Parish Church, Lindisfarne Centre and Gospels Garden during the morning then stopped for a lovely lunch at Pilgrims Coffee House. The morning had been overcast, however the afternoon was glorious for our visit to Lindisfarne Castle where we could admire the stunning view to Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands. Gertrude Jeckyll’s Garden was a blaze of colour plus the perfume from the flowers was amazing.
There’s more to Holy Island than it’s religious history, there are some lovely walks around the island. From the castle we walked down to Castle Point then along the coast at Sheldrake Pool then onto The Lough. Entering the Nature Reserve we headed for Emmanuel Head; the 35 feet white pyramid was completed in 1810 as a navigation aid plus to warn shipping away from the rocky coastline. The north coast of the island has several long secluded beaches, we walked along Sandham Bay before returning to Lindisfarne for afternoon refreshments. Several shops worth visiting are Lindisfarne Scriptorium, National Trust Shop and Celtic Crafts.
Lindisfarne Castle from the Harbour
Lindisfarne Castle from Gertrude Jekyll’s Garden
White Pyramid at Emmanuel Head
Sandham Bay from the Nature Reserve at Emmanuel Head
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