Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the north-east coast of England in Northumberland. It is only accessible from the mainland twice daily during low tide. The nearest town is Berwick-upon-Tweed, between Newcastle and Edinburgh on the East Coast Rail Line.

Lindisfarne Priory Ruins

Lindisfarne Priory: The monastery of Lindisfarne was founded by Saint Aidan in 635 AD. He was a monk at the monastery on the Island of Iona in Scotland before being sent to Northumbria at the request of King Oswald.

Lindisfarne Priory Ruins and Rainbow Arch

In 793 AD the Vikings raided Lindisfarne and that date is often used to mark the beginning of the Viking Age. The attacks, notably in 793 and 875 AD forced the monks to abandon the site. In the eleventh century the monks returned to build Lindisfarne Priory, the ruins of which can be seen today.

Lindisfarne Bay and Castle at Low Tide

Lindisfarne Castle:  In 1542, Henry VIII ordered the Earl of Rutland to fortify Lindisfarne against possible Scottish invasion. The fort built on Beblowe Crag between 1570 and 1572 formed the basis of the castle that exists today. It was converted into a private house in 1903 by British architect Edwin Lutyens.

References: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindisfarne, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle/, www.historvius.com/lindisfarne-priory-319/

4 thoughts on “Holy Island of Lindisfarne

  1. Thank you for the placement of this blog, missing being home in Scotland, Edinburgh. This makes my heart grow fonder for being home with family and friends. Like the pictures and factual input. Great…

  2. Thanks, I actually took the train up to Edinburgh after visiting Lindisfarne – only about an hour from Berwick-upon-Tweed and I got to see some great coastline from the train during that stretch of the trip!

  3. It’s a lovely unspoilt part of the world, Dan. Love your photos. The place has an atmosphere all its own. I was thrilled to discover recently that the Lindisfarne Gospels are coming to Durham University later this year. It’ll be good to see them again.

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