Rising from a rocky bluff, Lindisfarne Castle beckons ramblers across the causeway. Check the tides before driving across: the road to Holy Island is submerged twice a day. Then enjoy a wonderful five-mile walk around the island.
Feel the ghostly presence of the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and monks, who claimed the island across the centuries. Watch out for some of its present day occupants, too: grey seals and migratory birds. Lose yourself in the rolling sand dunes, sandy bays and historic landmarks that dot the island.
From Holy Island Car Park, walk back along Chare Ends Road until you see an information board and fingerpost on the right. Go through the gate and follow the grassy path along the fence. Continue along the meandering path through dunes until you meet a sandy bay. Turn right to cross the beach before climbing back onto the sandy dunes. Continue eastwards to Emmanuel Head.
From here, head south along the coast, with views to the Farne Islands, Bamburgh Castle, and the Cheviot Hills. Ignoring the path leading back to the village, keep walking south. The path curves round to Castle Point Lime Kilns and on to the castle.
Keep going along the grass above the beach, with its upturned boats (storage huts), to Lindisfarne Priory, the ruins of an expansive medieval monastery, and round to Holy Island village. Finish your walk at the 16th century, National Trust-owned castle, then relax in the Ship Inn or one of the village coffee shops.