Tidal crossing to Holy Island from The Crown and Anchor
Reached only by a narrow causeway, Holy Island is a tiny tidal outpost that gets cut off from the mainland twice a day – remember to check the tide times before setting off! Those in the know understand that the trick is to arrive before the tide comes in, so everyone else leaves and you get the island to yourself. The rewards are rich: deserted beaches, shy roe deer and basking seals, varied bird-life and spectacular sunsets. Stroll along the rocky coastline to 16th-century Lindisfarne Castle, perched high on a rocky outcrop, and remodelled by Edwin Lutyens in the early 1900s. Pick up a plant from the Gertrude Jeckyll garden, visit the ancient priory, built by monks almost 1400 years ago, then revive with a pint and a pie at the characterful Crown and Anchor inn.
Stay at Bottle Cottage, where walkers and cyclists will enjoy being on the edge of the Northumberland National Park AONB in this village cottage with views.
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