p h o t o g r a p h y
Gallery 1 > North-East of England > Holy Island & Lindisfarne, Northumberland
01. Refuge Hut, Pilgrims Way
02. Painting With Light, Holy Island Causeway
03. Star Trails, Holy Island Causeway
04. Statue Of St. Aiden
17. Aurora Borealis, Upturned Boat Huts
18. AstroScape, Lindisfarne Castle
13. On The Rocks, Lindisfarne Castle
14. Low Tide, Lindisfarne Castle
15. Priory Ruins, from the Heughs
16. Perseid Meteor, Holy Island Causeway
09. Parish Church Of St. Mary The Virgin
10. Searching For The Milky Way
11. Abandoned Coble, Holy Island Harbour
12. Gateway To Lindisfarne Castle
05. Statue Of St. Aiden
06. Fishermans Blues
07. Lindisfarne Priory Grounds
08. Entrance To Lindisfarne Priory
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the northeast coast of England. It is also known just as Holy Island. It constitutes the civil parish of Holy Island in Northumberland. Holy Island has a recorded history from the 6th century. It was an important centre of Celtic Christianity under Saints Aidan of Lindisfarne, Cuthbert, Eadfrith of Lindisfarne and Eadberht of Lindisfarne. After Viking invasions and the Norman conquest of England a priory was reestablished. A small castle was built on the island in 1550.
Warning signs urge visitors walking to the island to keep to the marked path, check tide times and weather carefully and to seek local advice if in doubt. For drivers, tide tables are prominently displayed at both ends of the causeway and also where the Holy Island road leaves the A1 Great North Road at Beal. The causeway is generally open from about three hours after high tide until two hours before the next high tide, but the period of closure may be extended during stormy weather. Tide tables giving the safe crossing periods are published by Northumberland County council.
Despite these warnings, about one vehicle each month is stranded on the causeway, requiring rescue by HM Coastguard, Seahouses Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboat, or RAF helicopter. A sea rescue costs approximately £1,900 (equivalent to £2,224 in 2015, while an air rescue costs more than £4,000 (equivalent to £4,681 in 2015. Locals have opposed a causeway barrier primarily on convenience grounds.