From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present
Lindisfarne
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Northumberland
55° 40′ 8.58″ N, 1° 47′ 5.46″ W
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Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island, a small tidal island located on the Northumberland coast.

The island can be reached by a causeway that is flooded twice daily by the sea and is accessible about three hours after high tide until two hours before the next high tide. From time to time a motorist is stranded on the causeway, requiring rescue by the RNLI or RAF. Tide tables giving the safe crossing periods are published by Northumberland County council.

A monastery was founded on Lindisfarne in the 6th century but was destroyed by Viking raids. After the Norman conquest a new Benedictine priory was established but was dissolved in 1537.

A small castle was built on the island in 1550. A Dundee firm built limekilns on Lindisfarne in the 1860's but were abandoned by the beginning of the 20th century. The island is also famous for its Mead. The recipe is kept a secret by the St Aidans Winery.