Journeys 2019

Lindisfarne - A Place to Be

Northumberland, England

Date

Saturday 22nd - Saturday 29th June

Nights

7

Cost

£750 for single occupancy, discounted to £550 each for a shared room, when booked together with a friend or partner. Please note on the booking form the name of the person you will be sharing with.

Description

Lindisfarne or Holy Island just off the coast of Northumberland is an island at high tide but linked to the mainland by causeway at low tide. Thousands of Pilgrims, over the years, have walked across the sands to visit the Abbey founded by St Aidan in the C7th. The island is a 'thin place', a popular venue for Christian retreat with a rich history and tradition of prayer and worship.

We will take time to relax and enjoy the peace of the island and learn about the Celtic saints, most notably St Aidan and St Cuthbert, who brought Christianity to the Anglo Saxons of Northumbria.

Walks and Excursions

We will walk the Pilgrim's Way from the mainland to the island, explore the sand-dunes, coast, heartland and farmlands of the island at a relaxed pace. There are no hills on Holy Island, all walks will be rated short in length with easy terrain. You will have time to visit Lindisfarne Castle and the Abbey ruins or to sample the local mead.

A day excursion off the island will take us south to Seahouses to catch a boat trip around the Farne Islands with an hour on Inner Farne now a National Trust bird sanctuary, but in the seventh century a refuge for St Cuthbert. Puffins and seals a-plenty with the Longstone lighthouse made famous by Grace Darling.

Accommodation

We will be staying in 3 linked eighteenth century picturesque Cottages; Farne View House, Farne Court Cottage, Farne View Cottage in the heart of the village on Holy Island. We can enjoy wonderful views of Lindisfarne Castle from the main sitting room. There is a private garden. We will self-cater as a group and eat all together in the kitchen at Farne View House. Having the use of three cottages offers space to spread out, relax and simply 'be' at points in the day. (Farne Court Cottage is dog-free space).

Getting there

Lifts can be arranged from Berwick upon Tweed train station up to 4pm. Access to and from the island is limited by the incoming tides. You MUST arrive on Holy Island before 5pm or wait until after 10.30pm [Departure before 11am or after 3.30pm]

Contact

Sue Degnan (01422 386998 / 07443452381 degnan558@btinternet.com) and Marion Clutterbuck. We will be accompanied by Sue's dog, Banjo, a friendly Labradoodle.