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Lindisfarne Castle


Lindisfarne (Holy Island)



Sited atop the volcanic mound known as Beblowe Craig, Lindisfarne Castle is one of the most distinct and picturesque features of the Island and can be seen for many miles around. Following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, it was built in 1550 in defence of the realm against attack by Scotland and in pursuit of their Spanish allies. Constructed of stone taken from the Priory the most interesting recent feature (1997) has been the re-facing of north-facing walls which featured the use of Yak hair in the render.

The castle is excellently maintained by the National Trust and the view from the top truly magnificent - it is also unique.
If visiting the castle area of the Island, do also visit the Lime Kilns which are situated under the eastern embankment.

Up until the turn of the last century slaked lime featured highly in the Island's economy. Best viewed from seaward the well formed arches are well worth a look too.

OPENING TIMES                    

For the convenience of its many customers, the castle administrators have produced a schedule of varying opening times based on the Island's tidal accessibility.

This schedule is based on an opening core time of 12:00-15:00. (Note: The castle is closed on Fridays.) Entry is free to National Trust members.
(We are advised that the Castle will be open from 1st April.)
For further information: phone 01289 389244

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Following the Norman conquest and the ensuing religious changes the famous Benedictine Priory was built during the late 11th century. Contrary to popular belief it appears not to have been built on the site of the Franciscan monastery founded by St.Aidan. Indeed there may be evidence that the new landlords went to a great deal of trouble to remove all traces of the old order. Nevertheless, the Priory was undoubtedly, even for its time, a great feat of civil engineering. There are many unique features for the visitor to discover and it is certainly well worth spending some time in the associated museum. While you are there, do look around the parish church which does have connections with the ancient 7th century monastery as well as traces of Saxon architecture


Holy Island harbour is characterised world-wide by pictures of the large, upturned fishing boats lining the beach.
Now no longer seaworthy and used as work sheds for the small remaining seagoing fraternity, many of these boats were part of one of the largest Herring Fleets to sail off the east coast of England.

The fleet operated from Holy Island harbour up until the turn of the 19th century. It is often claimed (and even more often contested with nearby Craister!) that the first oak-smoked Herring was prepared in the adjacent Herring Houses. Whilst making for a lovely, tranquil stroll on a Summer evening, the views from the harbour of the tremendous seas breaking over the other Farne islands during severe Winter gales are absolutely spectacular - particularly knowing that one can then return to the comfort and warmth of one of the local friendly hostelries


During the 7th century and at the request of King Oswald, the missionary community of Iona were invited to introduce Christianity into northeast England. Under this Celtic influence Northumbria became one of the mightiest of all English Kingdoms.
Choosing to settle on Lindisfarne, the Celtic Christian influence which swelled down into England surpassed even that of Canterbury for quite some time.

There remain many communities all over the world who have drawn inspiration from the religious teachings and doctrine of Lindisfarne. Even today there are many who make their joint or private pilgrimage to our ancient shores. For those prepared to heed the call of the Island, The spark that set all those fires alight throughout the ages, is still here and burning even stronger - not only for Christians but for people of all creeds.

For more information on our religious history please visit the following web pages:

The Religious History of Lindisfarne       

The Life of St.Cuthbert (to us 'Cuddy')    

The Body of St.Cuthbert





February 09, 2016

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Lindisfarne is a wonderful and tranquil place, ideal for photography. This photo was take from the Lough hide recently.




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