A Holy Adventure II

Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, to use its full name, is only accessible by the skinny causeway that is engulfed by the sea twice a day, enslaved by the tides.  Its current population is 162, but it holds historical and religious significance after the Vikings ('heathens' according to the Anglo-Saxons who resided there) raided it in 793AD, marking the start of Viking Age in the UK.  The island was also once home to a monastery, which was the base for Christian evangelising in the North of England.  It is now the home of Celtic Christianity.  For us Londoners, it was sparse, the few shops were squat and built from local dark stone. We checked into ourB&B cottage and set off to explore.   

We didnīt get too far.  Rather, bought a few bottles of wine and took them down to the pebbly beach. The view was gorgeous and we shared it with only a few pensioners, enjoying the view as we were, minus the 4 bottles of wine.  Think we gave them a bit of a shock, however, as we peeled off our clothes and skinny-dipped in the cold North Sea - for the next 2 hours!!  

The rest of our trip was rather drunken, and despite our best efforts to see the historic castle of the island the following morning, we got no further than the base of its hill, beaten by our fuzzy heads.  However, Holy Island was a beautiful, quaint and well-worth a trip for anyone looking for a weekend by the sea.  Rose Cottage is highly recommended, with private bathrooms and an excellent fry-up for those suffering a similar fate!!

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Rose Cottage B&B
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