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Coast | Holy Island

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Holy Island or Lindisfarne is a wilderness location which boasts a diversity of wildlife habitats.

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.

Golden beaches, blue seas and a vast array of wildlife are some of the highlights of a trip to this natural treasure trove.


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Holy Island- Visitor Guide

Address:Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.
Postcode: TD15 2SH
Telephone:01289 389244
01289 330733 - Berwick Tourist Information Office
Fax:01289 389349
Ordnance Survey:Explorer 316 - map ref:159655
Key attractions:Rock pools, beaches and mud flats. Lindisfarne Castle. Lindisfarne Priory.
Essential kit:

Don't forget your Wellington boots, a plastic container, a net and a good guidebook for rock pooling. Wet suits and snorkelling kit for snorkellers. Binoculars for bird watchers.
Take sensible precautions when rockpooling and scuba diving - don't do these activities on your own. Get some help from your local scuba club if you want to try snorkelling.

Nature watching:Best season: Rock pooling can be done all year. The best time to go rock pooling is during ultra low tides or spring tides, which occur twice every month.
Access:Castle - access very limited; steep, cobbled access ramp, many steps and stairs within the castle. Braille guide. Access to Priory - tarmac path, then five steps to priory. Fairly steep slope in outer courtyard. Access to beach varies.

Getting there:Located one hour's drive north of Newcastle upon Tyne just off the A1. Holy Island is cut off from the mainland at high tide so plan your visit to allow plenty of time. Get a copy of the tide times from the tourist office, the BBC or Admiralty websites or local newspaper. Nearest rail station is Alnmouth but requires journey onwards by car or taxi.
Opening times:All year round. Opening times of attractions vary depending on tide times - check before travelling. Priory open Monday-Sunday 9.30am-5pm from 24 March-30 September, 9.30am-4pm in October, and 10am-2pm from 1 November-31 March.
Charges:Free entry to island. Lindisfarne Castle - £5, child £2.50, family £12.50. Lindisfarne Priory - Adults £3.60, Children £1.80, Concession £2.70.
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