or Holy Island is a place that really does live up to its billing in the brochures.
It's an atmospheric landscape of mud flat,
sand dune and salt marsh which is reached by a narrow causeway which is flooded
at high tide, cutting it off from the mainland.
Islands offer fantastic opportunities for wildlife lovers
with birds, marine life and small mammals.
- Islands offer fantastic opportunities for wildlife
lovers including bird watching and rock pooling.
- Visitor Guide
Island/Lindisfarne, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.
Castle - 01289 389244
Berwick Tourist Information Office - 01289 330733
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attraction:||Autumn and winter birds.|
kit:||Walking shoes and warm clothing.
Binoculars and scopes for birds. Tide timetable. Net and waterproof footwear for
watching - autumn is a great time for migratory birds including thousands of Pale-bellied
Brent Geese. One of the best places to see the birds is around The Causeway and
Fenham Flats. This is also a good area to spot waders feeding on the exposed sand
and mud banks at low tide including Curlew, Redshank and Dunlin.
Point and Snipe Point are good places for sea watching - look for birds such as
Eider Ducks, Velvet Scoter, waders and a variety of gulls.
the fields back from the dunes for small birds such as pipits and warblers as
well as for Curlew.
Rock pooling - great at low tide (check tide
Seals - sometimes to be seen lounging on the mud banks by
The Causeway at low tide.
and visitor attractions in the town. National Trust information centre on main
high street. Food at pubs and hotel. Overnight accommodation (no camping on island).
access: Varies depending on area of island. Footpaths to Snook Point and north
of island are flat but the ground is uneven and the walkways run through dune
Lindisfarne Castle - access very limited; steep, cobbled access
ramp, many steps and stairs within the castle. Braille guide.
to Priory - tarmac path, then five steps to priory. Fairly steep slope in outer
courtyard. Braille and large print guides available on request.
to shoreline varies depends on location and terrain. Rock pools closest to castle
Located off the Northumberland
coast between Belford and Berwick. Take the A1 north and turn off four miles north
of Buckton towards Beal and Holy Island (Lindisfarne). The Causeway is flooded
at high tide so check tide times before departing.
Nearest rail station
is Alnmouth but this requires journey onwards by car or taxi.
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.
entry to island.
Lindisfarne Castle - Adults £5.20; Children
£2.60; Family £12.50. Lindisfarne Priory - Adults £3.60, Children
£1.80, Concession £2.70.
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