LINDISFARNE: A HOLY ISLAND TOUR

FROM £92 PER PERSON

8 HOURS

PREMIUM MINIVAN TOUR

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YOU PLUS UP TO 5 OF YOUR GUESTS

CUSTOM TOUR OPTIONS

FROM £92 PER PERSON

8 HOURS

YOU PLUS UP TO 5 OF YOUR GUESTS

PRIVATE VEHICLE TOUR

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YOUR PERSONAL HOLY ISLAND TOUR EXPERIENCE

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, just off the coast of Northumberland, is a true magnet for visitors from far and wide. Intriguingly only accessible via a causeway at low tide twice a day, it was the cradle of English Christianity in Anglo Saxon times and has remained an important site of pilgrimage to this day.

Although any day trip culminates in a visit to the island itself, the journey there is equally stunning: it follows the magnificent coastline of the Northumberland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lined with impressive castles or castle ruins such as Warkworth, Dunstanburgh or Bamburgh, it also boasts charming fishing villages, the Farne Islands, a seabird haven and miles of sandy beaches.

A short detour via the hinterland offers a spectacular contrast to the serene coastal views with the Cheviot Hills looming among the surrounding moorland and a brief glimpse of the historic capital of the county, Alnwick and its spectacular castle, home to the Dukes of Northumberland for over 700 years.

Oh, by the way, let us know if you wish to walk over to Holy Island via the pilgrimage path (approx. 2h walking time) and if there is anything on the island that is a must-do for you. We will ensure you have the perfect experience when visiting Holy Island and the Northumberland coast.

At Newcastle Tour Company, the safety & health of our guests are always of paramount importance to us. This Holy Island tour has been optimised for post Covid-19 tours & follows our health protocols.

ARRIVING BY CRUISE SHIP? 

You can book this tour as a shore excursion and benefit from private vehicle pick up right outside the cruise terminal at your chosen tour time.

Simply tick the “Cruise Shore Excursion” tab during your tour booking and all is taken care of. Booking your tour as a cruise excursion also offers you the following perks.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

100% private shore excursions
Professional local tour guide
Pick up & drop off right at the cruise terminal (Port of Tyne)
Guaranteed on-time return to your cruise ship
Full refund should your cruise ship skip port
Lower cost than official shore excursion equivalent tours
Multiple language options
Should the tide times at Holy Island not work in conjunction with your cruise schedule, we will ensure we communicte with you personally and seek alternatives for your visit to North East England

HOLY ISLAND TOUR ITINERARY

Warkworth Castle
THE NORTHUBERLAND COASTAL ROUTE
WARKWORTH CASTLE & VILLAGE
Setting off from central Newcastle, your Holy Island tour heads north towards the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Following the coastal route past Druridge Bay, we will pass the fishing town of Amble with its “friendliest port” and follow the course of the River Coquet to Warkworth with its mighty castle, famously described by Shakespeare as a “worm eaten hold of ragged stone”.
THE NORTHUBERLAND COASTAL ROUTE
Warkworth Castle
Alnmouth
GOLDEN SANDY BEACHES
BEAUTIFUL ALNMOUTH
Next up is the peninsula of Alnmouth with its picture-perfect line of colourful houses on the mouth of the River Aln. A formerly prosperous grain port it’s become a popular holiday destination since Victorian times, boasting not just one but two golf courses, a glorious stretch of sandy beach and a great array of hotels, B&Bs and cafes.
GOLDEN SANDY BEACHES
Alnmouth
Holy Island Tour Bamburgh Caslte
FORMER CAPITAL OF THE NORTH: BAMBURGH
THE HEART OF THE NORTHUMBERLAND COAST
Passing through typical Northumberland bucket-and-spade seaside villages like Beadnell and Seahouses with views of our “Galapagos of the North”, the Farnes Islands populated by thousands of breeding sea birds in the spring, we’ll stop at the picturesque village of Bamburgh. Its majestic castle towering on top of an outcrop of dolerite rock was once the seat of the Anglo-Saxon kings of ancient Northumbria and it offers a great opportunity for a break and photo stop.
FORMER CAPITAL OF THE NORTH: BAMBURGH
Holy Island Tour Bamburgh Caslte
Holy Island Tour: Pilgrim's Way
OPTIONAL: PILGRIM'S WAY TO HOLY ISLAND
REACH THE ISLAND AS THE PILGRIMS HAVE SINCE AD635
Ever since 635, when King Oswald gave the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to St. Aidan to establish his monastery, the island has been a place of pilgrimage. The sight of the poles stretching across the sand and mud is one of the most iconic views in Northumberland and to walk the route away from the road and follow in the footsteps of our medieval ancestors is a wonderful experience. Add this option at checkout if you wish to walk instead of drive onto Holy Island.
OPTIONAL: PILGRIM'S WAY TO HOLY ISLAND
Holy Island Tour: Pilgrim's Way
Holy Island Tour
HOLY ISLAND CAUSEWAY & EXPERIENCING THE ISLAND
THE MAGIC OF LINDISFARNE
Taking in more fantastic coastal views of Budle Bay and the island of Lindisfarne on the horizon the tour continues to Holy Island. An extended stop gives the opportunity to soak up its unique atmosphere, immerse yourself & simply unwind... Visit its many sites such as Lindisfarne Priory, Lindisfarne Castle & Gardens or discover the story behind the Lindisfarne Gospels. Or take a stroll around the natural landscapes of the island, sample some of local produce or simply enjoy a picnic by the coast.
HOLY ISLAND CAUSEWAY & EXPERIENCING THE ISLAND
Holy Island Tour
Cheviot Hills Northumberland
THE CHEVIOT HILLS
LAND OF THE FAR HORIZONS
Just ten minutes away from the coast towards Northumberland’s hinterland the scenery couldn’t be more different. Climbing up into the hills we’ll take in far-reaching views of the coast and the distant Cheviot hills. Passing Chillingham Castle, allegedly the most haunted in England and some typical stone-built estate villages.
THE CHEVIOT HILLS
Cheviot Hills Northumberland
Alnwick Castle
WINDSOR OF THE NORTH
QUICK DROP INTO ALNWICK
The historic market town of Alnwick on the River Aln is Northumberland’s traditional county town. Its famous for its castle, home to the Dukes of Northumberland for over 700 years dubbed the “Windsor of the North” it has featured in many blockbuster movies. We’ll stop for a perfect picture just outside town.
WINDSOR OF THE NORTH
Alnwick Castle

HOLY ISLAND TOUR DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Professional local tour guide
Choose your start/end points
Private premium transport to/from Holy Island
Guaranteed return to ship on-time (if cruise tour)
Water provided onboard
Time on Holy Island to experience & enjoy the setting

EXCLUSIONS

Entry fees into attractions (although these can be booked in advance if requested)
Food & drink
Gratuities

GOOD TO KNOW

Consider bringing layers of clothing / rain jacket
Don't forget your camera
We will provide you with a map
Public transport nearby - ask us for details
Consider comfortable shoes suitable for your tour
We can alter routes to make your tour wheelchair / stroller accessible
If you would like to walk across to Holy Island, speak to us at the time of booking and we can arrange this for you

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