29 September 2011

27 September 2011

On the causeway

Holy Island is only accesible from the mainland at low tide by means of a causeway, which can be reached from the village of Beal. To the south of the more modern road-surface causeway, a series of stakes mark the old route across to the island called the `Pilgrims Way' which was used in ancient times by visitors to the Christian centre of Lindisfarne. Again this could be crossed only at low tide.

26 September 2011

25 September 2011


Just got back from a week on Holy Island in Northumberland. Here's a few images of Lindisfarne Castle on the Island.

First built in 1550, it sits romantically on the highest point of the island, a whin stone hill called Beblowe. The Castle has never witnessed any major battle or Border siege although it was occupied by some Northumbrian Jacobites at the time of the 1715 Rising. Lindisfarne Castle was converted into a private residence by the well known British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1903. A small but superbly rugged looking building, it has been a National Trust property since 1944.

12 September 2011

5 September 2011