lunatictravel.com
Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Follow us at
follow lunatictravel.com at twitter


Lindisfarne Castle lunatictravel.com style,

A fairy tale castle in a truly magical setting if you are on Holy Island this place is a must.
Come with me and find out why

A view of Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A Magical view of Lindisfarne Castle


View of Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland from the village

This is the first view of the Castle as you leave the village just keep following the road straight ahead


Wildlife on Lindisfarne Holy Island Northumberland

After leaving the village walk past the Wildlife Centre as shown in this shot. We will come back to this later


The path to Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

The road to the castle is self explanatory


from afar Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

As we walk along the road the castle is always in view


Man playing bagpipes Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

As we reach the end of the road there is a gate where the footpath takes over (there is a shuttle bus from the village to here) from here on in it is definitely foot only. The day I was here this was well marked by a chap playing the bagpipes. You can just make him out in his white stockings and kilt


The path to Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Once through the gate we can see the path ahead to the castle


Looking back towards the mainland from the path to Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland the Cheviot hills can be seen in the distance

As we look back towards the mainland we can see the Cheviot Hills in the distance


Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland England

The castle gets closer


Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland Great Britain

As we get closer the Castle seems more imposing


The North sea from Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Looking towards the Farne Islands as we head towards the Castle entrance


Yhe path up to Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Heading towards the entrance


Information for Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

As we approach the entrance on the left hand side is a sign giving information on opening times of the Castle


Pay point to enter Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

We then come to the entrance to the Castle which is the hut on the left. The entrance fee was 6.80 when I visited in July 20014


The final pull up to Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

After making payment follow the path up to the Castle

As we walk up the path here is a brief explanation of what we are about to see and how it came about
Lindisfarne Castle as you see it today is an old fort converted into a comfortable holiday home at the beginning of the twentieth century by one of the great Arts & Crafts designers of the day.
The empty and neglected Castle was discovered by Edward Hudson, the founder of Country Life magazine in 1901, while on holiday in Northumberland. He scaled the walls, fell in love with the deserted Castle and its location, and took out a lease on the building, before buying it from the Crown and hiring his designer friends, architect Edwin Lutyens and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, to make him a holiday home to be proud of - a home he would bring guests to in summer for extended house parties and summer breaks.
Lutyens responded with enthusiasm to the challenge of making a new home inside a Castle. He created austere but beautifully designed interiors, linked by dramatic corridors, galleries and stairways. The austerity was tempered with whitewashed walls, patterned brick floors, shiny brass, old carpets china and good honest furniture. The contents currently in the Castle are mostly Hudson's own.


The entrance to Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

At the end of the path turn right this is the entrance to the castle


The first set of stairs in Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

After passing through the entrance turn right again although you have no choice and follow the steps upwards


The lower Battery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

At the top of the steps we emerge on the lower battery


Views of the Farne Islands from the lower Battery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

The views of the Farne Islands and out to sea are something else


Looking at Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland from the lower battery

A quick look back at the castle


Looking out to sea from the lower battery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Another look out to sea


Entrance into Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland from the lower battery is on the right hand side

When you are ready to enter interior of the castle take the door on the right


View inside Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland from the entrance door

This is the view that greets you


Fireplace Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland entrance hall

Look to the right there is a small counter selling souvineers not shown, but there is also a wonderful arched fireplace that can be seen in this shot


Wind indicator Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Above the fireplace a beautiful wind indicator can be seen


Ornaments and cabinet Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Look to the left


Tools of a Lunatictraveler Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

There seems to be some tools of an early twentieth century lunatictraveler


Entrance to the kitchen Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Pass through the door on the left


The kitchen Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

This will bring you into the kitchen this is the view to the right


The Kitchen table Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

And the kitchen table


Door to the Scullery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Take the door in the far left hand corner


Scullery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

This will bring you into the Scullery


View outside from the Scullery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A Scullery with a view


The boiler Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

The boiler for the castle also seems to be in the scullery


Door to take you deeper into Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

When you are ready to leave the scullery retrace your steps back to the entrance hall and proceed through the door you saw when you entered


Entrance to the dining room Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

After this take the first door on the right


The dining room Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

This brings you into the dining room


Cabinet in dining room Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Quite a cabinet stands in the dining room


Entrance to the ship room Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Once out of the dining room turn right and proceed throughbthe door into the Ship room


The Ship room Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

The Ship room. This room takes its name from the wooden ship that can be seen hanging from the ceiling


View out to sea from the Ship Room Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

View from the Ship Room


Steps Leading upstairs Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

When ready to leave the ship room retrace your steps towards the entrance hall but before you get there take the steps on your right upwards


Steps in Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Just before the top of the stairs turn right and carry on up the next steps


Steps to the long gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Climbing the the steps


Long Gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

This brings us out in the Long Gallery notice the model of Lindisfarne Castle on the right


loooking back down the stairs from theong gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Looking back at the stairs we have just climbed. The passage on the left we will look at later


Entrance to room 7 and room 8 Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Have a look through the door on your right at the top of the stairs at room seven and 8


Room 8 Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Room 8


Room 7 Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Room 7


 The door on the right at the far end of the long gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Walk to the end of the Long Gallery and have a look through the door on the right


A bedroom Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A quick look


A bedroom with a view Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A quick look through the window this is definitely a bedroom with a view imagine waking up to this every morning


Plans of the garden Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

These seem to be plans for the garden


Door to the upper Battery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Then go back to the Long Gallery and pass the door on your left to the outside


The upper Battery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

We emerge onto the Upper Battery


A view of the upper battery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A view to the right


The Cheviot from the upper Battery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A view to the mainland the Cheviot Hills can be seen in the distance


A view to the garden from the upper battery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

From here we get a good view of the garden we shall see this close up later


A view to Holy Island village from the upper battery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

We also get a good view to Holy Island village from up here to


Another view of the upper battery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Another view of the upper battery


Door back into Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland from the upper battery

Once you are ready to leave the upper battery head back to the door we came out of that can be clearly seen in this shot


Fireplace Long Gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

As we return inside we get a good view of the fireplace in the Long Gallery


Steps to the upper Gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Then from the long Gallery take the steps to the Upper Gallery


The Upper Gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

At the top of the stairs we enter the Upper Gallery this is the highest room in the castle


Holy Island Village from the upper gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

We get a good view of Holy Island village from the Upper Gallery


Various Arty Things Upper gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Various bits of artists paperwork in the Upper Gallery


Music Sheets the Upper Gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Music sheets in the Upper Gallery this room is where a lot of music was played


Portraits on the wall in the Upper Gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Various portraits on the wall in the Upper Gallery


A painting of Lindisfarne Castle in the Upper Gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A painting of Lindisfarne Castle although on picture it is reffered to as Holy Island Castle


Castle of Holy Island Painting Upper Gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Another painting of Lindisfarne Castle this time reffered to as the Castle of Holy Island


Various Records in the Upper Gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A selection of records. A the time these were made I doubt the MP3 would ever have been dreamt of


Cello and music stand upper gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

As we turn to retrace our steps out of the Upper Gallery a beautiful Cello and music stand can be seen


The steps at the end of the Long Gallery Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

After leaving the upper Gallery walk back to the steps at the end of the Long Gallery go down the first set of steps and take the corridor on the left


A quick look into a room with a wide sreen tv Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A quick look into a room wit a widescreen tv. The TV looks totally out of place !!!!!!


Look over the balcony at the stairs leading down in Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A quick look over the balcony at the stairs leading down


Heading for the main bedroom Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Then carry on round this corner


A large bedroom Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

This will bring you out in this magnificent bedroom with a 4 poster bed


A bedroom fireplace Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

With a fireplace which must have been cosy on a cold winters night in Northumberland


A writing desk Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

The bedroom also contains a writing desk


A gentlemans outfit Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

It even contains a gentlemans outfit that looks like its ready for use


Heading down the path from Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

When you are ready to leave retrace your steps out of the castle and as you emerge onto the path down from the castle this is the view that awaits you


Looking back at the castle from the path to the sea Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Once at the bottom of the path from the castle follow the path down to the sea in this shot we are looking back at the castle from this path


Looking back at Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

As we head towards the sea a view back to the castle


Heading to the sea from Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

The way ahead


Bridge that formed part of the waggonway from the limestone quarries to the lime kilns Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

As we head to the sea we cross a bridge this formed part of the wagonway from the limestone quarries to the lime kilns that we will see shortly


Wagonway to limestone quarries Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Looking along the wagonway we head right towards the rocky beach and sea we can see


Rocky beach Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Looking out to sea across the rocky beach. Note the stone towers


Stone towers on the beach Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Someone has been busy building these towers. They give an almost alien appearance


Stone statues on the beach Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

And from a different angle


Lime Kilns Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Then look behind you and the lime kilns can be seen

The lime kilns at Castle Point on Holy Island are among the largest, most complex and best preserved lime kifns in Northumberland. These kilns produced quick lime for a variety of uses such as agricultural fertilizer, mortar for buildings and whitewash.

Why were kilns built here?

Limestone has been roasted for various uses on Holy Island far thousands of years. By the 19th century however, the process was being carried out on an industrial scale, mainly for export to Scotland. The industry operated from several different sites around the island, but this massive structure at Castle Point was the most substantial - and final - site used- The position here was useful because of its proximity to the sea for transportation, and kilns at Castle Point could he easily connected to the limestone quarry on north of the island. The quality of the limestone on the island was well known in the early 19th century- By March of 1860 permission had been granted to the merchant William Nicoll of Dundee to begin work at Castle Point

The structure of the kilns

The Castle Point lime kilns are made up of six pots and a network of access tunnels. The three nearest the Castle have four draw arches - from where the roasted lime was removed - while the three furthest from the Castle have only three arches. Inside, the pots are lined with firebricks to withstand the intense heat generated by the lime burning process, up to 1000'C. Some buttresses have been added to the structure to give extra support to the kiln block

The lime works

5tone was quarried on the north of the Island and dragged in wheeled tubs by a horse down a wagonway to the kilns. Labourers would push the cart to the top of the pots in order to spare the horse the heat corning from the kilns. Meanwhile, ships would have moored by the wooden jetties (or 'staithes') at the Castle Field gate and their cargo of coal was dragged in tubs by horses around the north side of the Castle to the top of the kilns. The kilns were then lit. While burning they were carefully monitored to ensure the correct temperature was reached. The finished quick lime was then taken back to the staithes for export.

Shipping

Wiiliam Nicoll, the Dundee-based businessman behind this industry on Holy Island, owned a fleet of ships. These vessels brought coal from Scotland to the staithes below the Castle and took the quick lime away. Six ships sailed regularly during the 1860s and these were sloops, schooners, or the larger brigs. The remains of the two staithes where the ships would have been tied up can still be seen today on the foreshore near the Castie gate, along with several of the iron mooring rings where the ships were tied up.

The end of rhe coastal industry

Even as early as the 1870s, the industry was in decline. While 1 in 5 of the Island men had worked in the Lime Industry in the 1860s, by the I88Os only I man was working at the kilns, with 4 employed at the quarry. Shipping records Show that the industry had become highly seasonal and fewer ships were involved. The last of Nicoll's ships recorded to have left Holy Island with a cargo of lime was the Agnes which set sail on l?th September 1883. This may be partty due to a breakdown in the relationship between Nicoll and Major Grossman (the landowner). More telling however was that Nicoll relied on the sea for transport whilst the Lime industry on the mainland was increasingly making use of the coastal railways.


Inside the lime kilns Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Inside the lime kilns


Interior of the lime kilns Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Another view inside the lime kilns


Bridge under the wagonway to the lime kilns Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Once you are done at the lime kilns pass under the bridge you have just walked across to the beach


High above us Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Once under the bridge the castle comes into view high above us


The back of Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

We are looking at the back of the castle at this point which certainly forms an imposing structure


Path to the Garden Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

At this point on our right hand side is a path that will take us up to the garden of Lindisfarne Castle


Approaching the garden Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Follow the path up to the Garden


A look round the garden Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A quick look round the garden. It certainly has a unique feel very different to the surrounding area pherhaps its the surrounding wall that protects it that give it this feeling.
The garden was designed by Gertrude Jekyll between 1906 and 1912


A plan of the Garden Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A plan of the garden


Looking at Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland from the garden

Looking at the castle from the garden


Heading back to gate at the entrance to Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

From the garden you can then make your way back to the gate where we entered the grounds of the castle. Where the chap was playing the bagpipes which is the direction we are heading in in this shot


Wildlife hide on Holy Island Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Head back to Holy Island village but just before we arrive is the wildlife centre we saw earlier, lets have a little look


Window on the wild side of Lindisfarne Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

The sign that greets us as we walk in


Pictures on the wall as we head into the wildlife centre Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

As we head in there are plenty of pictures lining the walls


Corrider to the bird hide Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Making our way in to the centre


Interior of the wildlife centre Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

We then arrive at the viewing area


View ffrom the Wildlife centre Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

The view from the wildlife centre


Information about geese Lindisfarne Wildlife centre Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Looking round the wildlife centre a board on the wall giving information on geese


Boards on the wall in Lindisfarne wildlife centre Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

Some great pictures are on the walls in the centre


A map at the centre giving some ideas for a walk round Holy Island Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland

A map at the centre giving some ideas for a walk round Holy Island


Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Northumberland with a beautiful sky

As you head back across the causeway to the mainland you can't help but feel you have just been somewhere incredibly special and unique I suspect St Aiden and his monks got the same feeling all those years ago. It is a place most people would revisit time and time again given the chance



Lindisfarne Castle Website

Lindifarne castle exhibit line




lunatictravel.com
The last bus stop a travel site like you have never seen before

lunatictravel.com journeys that include Holy Island Lindisfarne

A bus ride from Berwick Upon Tweed to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) 477





If you like this page why not visit

Museum of Science and Industry Manchester

Maritime Museum Albert Dock Liverpool

Maritime Museum Albert Dock Liverpool

A visit to Thrybergh Country Park lunatictravel.com style





How to link local buses to make long distance travel

To see a map of the bus routes. of lunatictravel.com and start to build up a picture of how to make long distance travel using local buses
click here





How to link from lunatictravel.com


If you have a website and would like a link from lunatictravel.com
click here
for more info



 lunatictravel.com
lunatictravel.com guestbook book with pen


lunatictravel.com you tube video's

cheapwebpage.co.uk web building

Good value tickets

Good value tickets


click here for lunatictravel.com links page


Contact me.

If you have any questions or travel enquiries feel free to contact me I will always try to help. Also I would value Any feedback or suggestions to help me improve this site. To go to my contact page click on the email button below.


Contact me


Why not visit these interesting Sites


zombiesuk.com


Walks around Sheffield

walks armageddonuk.com Armageddon in the UK a site dedicated to the protection of zombies


The camera never lies



Cheers From The Beers


Tomato Art



The last bus stop a travel site like you have never seen before



© lunatictravel.com 2012