"The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin" (now Anglican) offers as a first important feature its location, where was founded the first church on the island, in fact, historians and archaeologists have confirmed that parts of its structure dates from the seventh century. Like almost all Anglican religious centers, it has a quite sober interior, although we can find significant references to the holy founders of the island. We can highlight a large wooden sculpture, representing the monks moving the body of Saint Cuthbert to what would have been his grave. The exterior, made of stone tried to be as respectful of the original construction as possible, which gives this church a rather charming and vintage look.
One of the most spectacular castles in the UK for the simple reason that it is located on the beach, on a hillside where a long time ago there was a settlement of the tribe of the Britons. At the same spot with the arrival of the Normans the construction of the castle began. It is located on the coast of Northumberland (North - East) in front of the Holy Island or Lindisfarne and with time, became the headquarters of the Kings of Northumberland. In a perfect state of conservation, the visit lasts approximately 3 to 4 hours, without counting the beach, which can give some great rides (counting on good weather and its incelemency in this area). I hope to return soon to increase the photographic repertoire and include a video!
It had always drawn my attention, on Santa, the curious spectacle that offers the sky in that corner of the world. I really do not have a logical explanation, but in most cases, the sky is simply different. You're only 2 or 4 miles away from the island and everything changes. I think it must be its geographical location and orientation, since I can not think of anything else. According to local residents it has always been and it was, for the founder of the island, St. Aidan, a kind of divine sign that this was the site where he had to begin his mission. Again, the talks and legends mix with history, however, it still remains a strange phenomenon and a very appealing one.
Warkworth Castle, is currently in ruins, though it is one of the best examples of the constructions of the Normans after the conquest of Britain, after the conquest of Hastings in 1066. It is located in the village of Warkworth near the river Coquet. The castle was the residence of the noble family of Percy, eternal enemies of Douglas in Scotland, both protagonists of the famous Battle of Otterburn in the fourteenth century that led to one of the most famous literary ballads of medieval literary tradition in the area. The town and the castle are the most scenic. They are scenic despite being in ruins. I recommended finding a romantic and charming room to stay in the area. It is best to stay along the tourist route of Northumberland, where you roam along wonders like the Bamburgh Castle and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This is one of the numerous and great wonders along the North West coast of England
In the center of town and heir to the monastic tradition, is the cellar and liquor factories of St. Aidan, by virtue of a craft continuing to make wine and spirituous liquors based on fruits, like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, herbs and other natural elements. The most popular product is called Mead, a wine made of honey and other ingredients that are supposedly traditional secrets. This drink, enormously popular during the Middle Ages, with a mild delicious flavor, has remained alive and popular thanks to the work of this company over the past decades. There is another liquor, Liquor St. Aidan, which is kind of Baileys but paler and softer, also very good, though not as original or traditional as Mead. We also find traditional beers, made with imported recipes or introduced by the Vikings. In short, a place to take into account in any visit to Lindisfarne. Relax and try new tastes, as old as the island itself.
One of the UK's religious cribs and defined as "a place of pilgrimage for over 1,300 years" The priory (or abbey) of Lindisfarne is a must to understand the history, foundation and existence of this island, as holy as unusual. Founded by St. Aidan, sent from Iona to evangelize this area in the North-East of England (and by request of King Oswald), this monastery marked the origin and spread of the Catholic religion. Though, among other factors, the area was subject to the ravages of the Vikings, the monks of this monastery founded what is now known as the cathedral of York (York Minster) and Durham Cathedral. St. Aidan (who is a role model for life) built this priory with a type of building clay and it was later renovated in stone. It reached its peak with another saint, St. Cuthbert, who was abbot of the island and his life is immortalized in numerous history books, including those written by Bede. But his fame is due to the austerity and severity of life, values that appear to be out of use today. The building is now in ruins, again thanks to the "grace" and the work of King Henry VIII who ordered it to be burned. This place was, is and will be a sacred place of pilgrimage, where many come to see both saints (myself included). No doubt one of those mystical places where you can re-encounter faith - which one?
The first highlight of the castle is the amazing views. It is right on the top of a rocky hill, therefore, it's the highest point on all of the island. The views reach almost every corner of the island, the most impressive of the bay - from that point, you can see all of the town and Bamburgh Castle on the sands of the beach (a few miles away), another high point of the area. It was Originally built in the time of the Tudors (XVI century) although throughout history it has suffered multiple reforms. The most interesting and the last reform was when it turned it into a summer residence in the Edwardian style by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Finally it was donated to the National Thrust, a foundation that is responsible for its maintenance, and it runs the castle as a museum. b Basically, the construction of the castle with the cessation of operation of the priory and its goals were defensive and strategic direction meniconado with Bamburgh Castle. The most strategic was the views, not about defense, as any invader came before the people to the castle ... Sounds more like refuge for the nobles, and the people of the town ... As so often in the history of mankind.
At one end of the Isla Santa, opposite the Priory, there is a small island, which is accessible by boat or on foot (only when the tide is very empty and for a very short time because you take the risk of getting trapped). This island was called San Curthbert by an Anglo-Saxon saint, patron of Northumberland. Since he retreated there to pray daily, he built a cross, that produces spectacular effects when the sun aligns with it that is hard to define. This makes giving messes on the beach, looking at the island and the cross with the sunset, quite a different experience. This saint, whose remains (after having opened the grave 3 times) are claimed uncorrupted, is considered one of the most miraculous of the history of the UK, so many people just go to touch his cross. At a layman level, the island is very small, but it offers beautiful landscapes, whether the landscape is the island itself or what the island scenery offers. The sky in that spot seems to take quite peculiar shapes and colors. In my opinion it is a beautiful and special place.
To say the least it was curious that one of the seeds of the Catholic religion in England did not count until recently as a Roman Catholic church, first to settle as a pioneer in this corner of the North. The funny thing is that the Anglican, Presbyterian and evangelical church did have a presence on the island with many more historical buildings. That means, the church and congregation with more seniority, is the one with the most modern building with so much history in its location. Completed late last year (2009) the Church of St. Aidan wanted to represent the austerity that the mentioned saint always showed, founder of the island as well as other illustrious clerics before him, like another saint , St. Cuthbert. This sobriety and simplicity is shown, mainly when decoration is concerned, it is not odd being in a cozy and pleasant place. the difference between both is what makes it attractive. As in many other artistic representations, the beauty lies in the simplicity rather than in complexity.
Taking advantage of my stay in Edinburgh, I decided to visit these islands because I didn't want to leave Scotland without getting to see a colony of puffins, one of the icons of that country. I hired a boat online that would take me from Seahouses to the islands, a few kilometers from the coast. Only two of the islands are accessible to tourists (provided they have booked in advance as places are limited). The distance from Edinburgh to England is about 120 km.
It was June 17th and the birds were in full breeding season. The drive wasn't too long for me because while traveling on the roads of Scotland; you are surrounded by enjoyable landscapes that makes the time fly. Once you are on the boat, the journey is not very long. The islands are close and you will begin to see wildlife (both in the air and on water). As the ship gets closer to the islands, a strong odor similar to ammonia caused by bird droppings seizes the environment. You will also start seeing gray seals resting on the rocks near the islands, although they are timid, because if you approach them with a boat they will dive back in the water.
We landed on the first island, populated mainly by puffins, shags, kittiwakes, razorbills and guillemots; sporadically seeing a cormorant and a gull. Unlike seals, birds had no problem with our presence, we could be a meter away and neither is undeterred. The comings and goings of the birds were constant, because they had to go fishing continuously. That, coupled with the short distance that separated us, made it easy to get some great snapshots. The second island was populated mainly from arctic terns, we could also see puffins, razorbills, eiders and a shag, but certainly the main attraction of the island were the terns, which like other birds were already with their babies. However, unlike the others, they were extremely aggressive as we got close to their nests and did not think twice to go to pecking at the heads of visitors. Luckily I was wearing a cap. It was definitely an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and especially bird lovers.
Access to the sacred island of Lindisfarne is usually by road, at low tide. This was not always the case, of course, and in ancient times people had to cross the water on foot. For this it was necessary to pay attention to the tides, but also to know the terrain of the area. St Aidan and St Cuthbert were the founders of this famous abbey, and their pilgrimage route was subsequently marked by wooden posts, indicating the safest way to cross. Today it is still a busy route, with some pilgrims even making the 5 km crossing barefoot! So last weekend I decided to try the walk. It was beautiful but difficult in sections, where the sand becomes mud that makes walking difficult. But it's a rewarding historical journey that is worth doing.