Visit Holy Island and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Holy Island, Northumberland, is famed as the birthplace of English Christianity. It is reached from Beal on the Al. A 3-mile causeway connects the island to the shore at low tide and can be travelled during six-hour periods between tides. Holy Island makes a fascinating place to visit, with an invincible atmosphere of age and the lure of all island communities. The island even produces souvenirs in the form of mead, honey and liqueur.
In A.D. 635, St Aidan came on the invitation of King Oswald from Iona on the west coast of Scotland to teach Christianity to the Angles of Northumbria. Lindisfarne monastery was established and the first English diocese founded. The sixth bishop was St Cuthbert, who came to the island in 664 and was buried here until the monks of the time fled with his coffin ahead of the invading Danes in 875. The Danes destroyed the abbey and the island lay deserted until a priory was founded by Benedictines from Durham in the early 11th century. The picturesque remains of this red sandstone building are now in the care of the Ministry of Public Building and Works. They exhibit some of the same Norman features as Durham Cathedral, including carved pillars and zigzag ornament. Near to the priory ruins are those of the old parish church, built about 1140 but with the surviving fabric mainly of late-l2th- and early-l3th-century date.
On a small pyramid of rock overlooking the tiny harbour is the castle, built about 1500 and restored as a private dwelling for Edward Hudson by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1902; it now belongs to the National Trust. Stone from the monastery went into the castle.
Nearby towns: Alnwick, Amble, Dunbar, Kelso, Wooler
Nearby villages: Allerdean, Ancroft, Bamburgh, Beadnell, Belford, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Bowsden, Chatton, Cheswick, Chillingham, Detchant, Doddington, East Ord, Fentonhill, Fenwick, Holburn, Kyloe, Lamberton, Lowick, Lucker, Marshall Meadows, Middle Ord, Newham, North Sunderland, Seahouses, Smeafield, Spittal, Swinhoe, Tweedmouth, Warenford
Have you decided to visit Holy Island or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Holy Island bed and breakfast (a Holy Island B&B or Holy Island b and b)
- a Holy Island guesthouse
- a Holy Island hotel (or motel)
- a Holy Island self-catering establishment, or
- other Holy Island accommodation