The island is mostly occupied by sheep and it seems to rub off! Thus next morning we joined the flock of folk on the trail towards Lindisfarne Castle. Of course most of them only went as far as the castle but as rain was forecast humph! I decided that we should walk to the obelisk at the eastern tip. It’s a beautiful walk

Sounds of seals

caterpillers munching 🙂


But I have to admit the decision was probably Oonahlateral. Not everyone has my liking for walking to the edge of beyond and then walking back for no other gratification than having done so — and my visitors were city folks. But if it’s your ‘thing’ then I heartily reccommend a walk all the way round Holy Island – just for the sake of it and for natural quietude of the place (my favourite sound).
We didn’t get wet and we visted Lindisfarne Castle in the afternoon.

Steep climb to enter the castle


Lytton Strachey was singularly unimpressed with the castle as a dwelling when he visited in the early 20th century (he would have been impressed with Nathan’s beard as he sported something similar). He thought all the stariways a death-trap if one was late for dinner! I have to say I am inclined to agree with his assessment and I was also thankful to be only 4ft 11 as I saw more than one visitor rubbing their head! Nonetheless, a good place to go so if you can — do.

It affords wonderful views.

What else to do on the Island? Eat at The Crown and Anchor. Visit the shop and try some Mead or Alnwick RUM. RELAX when the other visitors have gone and listen tyo the sheep and seals competing for your attention.