Holy Island or Lindisfarne is a place of mystery, escape and sanctuary.
Sitting on the top of the easterly section of the Whin Sill, this small island is separated from the mainland by a narrow causeway which is covered by water at high tide.
Lindisfarne Priory is the site of one of the most important early centres of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England.
In the 7th Century, Aidan and his monks sought solace and retreat here, establishing their church and a monastery on the island in 635AD.
The monks set up the first known school in this area and introduced reading and writing.
They also became known for their skill in Christian art and the Lindisfarne Gospels are an outstanding example of this work.
However, the monks received a huge blow when the Vikings attacked in 793AD and the holy men fled to Durham.