The Magical Holy Island of Lindisfarne

When Sir Walter Scot visited Holy Island he was so moved by the sights and sounds he wrote:

For with the flow and ebb, its style
Varies from continent to isle;
Dry shod o'er sands, twice every day,
The pilgrims to the shrine find way;
Twice every day the waves efface
Of staves and sandalled feet the trace

This unspoiled, historic island lies just off the extreme Northeast corner of England near Berwick-upon-Tweed. The small population of just over 160 persons is swelled by the influx of over 650,000 visitors from all over the world every year. Lindisfarne (particularly the castle) is the setting of the Roman Polanski film Cul-de-Sac (1966) with Donald Pleasence and Lionel Stander, shot entirely on location there. you can marvel at the ornate carvings on the extensive ruins of the monastic buildings and enjoy the serenity that first drew the monks here. It is a place of mystery, escape and solitude - which boasts a diversity of wildlife habitats. The island is a fantastic sanctuary for wildlife and a great place to watch birds and go rock pooling boasting one of the most stunning beaches in Britain, and some of the best rock pools in the whole World. In winter about 50,000 birds visit the island and its mudflats, including Wigeons and Geese ccommodating 40% of the world population.

 

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