Lindisfarne / Holy Island

Holy Island is where St Aidan founded the Christian monastery of Lindisfarne in 635. A later Bishop, St Cuthbert, is buried at Durham Cathedral. The Lindisfarne Gospels, magnificent illuminated manuscripts of 700AD, are now housed in the British Library, London.

Lindisfarne Castle was built in 1550 to protect the harbour of Holy Island. It was restored and converted into a private residence by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1903.

Holy Island can only be visited when the tide is low enough to drive across the causeway.