Skim over the sands and causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and prepare to enter a world where a wealth of history and stunning views await.
Ransacked by marauding Viking raiders in the 8th century and the epicentre of Christianity in Anglo- Saxon times, the now serene setting of Lindisfarne Priory was once the home of St Cuthbert and the birthplace of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
Rising from the sheer rock face at the tip of the island is Lindisfarne Castle. Built to defend a harbour sheltering English ships during skirmishes with Scotland, the idyllic location of the castle has intrigued and inspired for centuries.
The renovation by celebrated architect Edwin Lutyens both hides and emphasises the old fort which overlooks Gertrude Jekyll's enchanting walled garden and the unexpected grandeur of the Lime Kilns, an imposing reminder of Lindisfarne's industrial past.