Things to Do

Holy Island and this part of North Northumberland offer unprecedented beauty. This is a place to escape. There are countless things to see and do and places to explore. In our eyes there is nowhere better in England to holiday.

Here are some of our favourites.

On the island

  • Take a walk out and around the Castle including Gertrude Jekyll’s garden (For those who need a ride the Lindisfarne shuttle minibus service runs regularly when the castle is open)
  • Cup of coffee in The Post Office, just up the road from the cottage, or down the road at Pilgrim’s Cafe
  • Picnic and crabbing on Cuthbert’s Beach
  • Seal spotting at Emmanuel Heads
  • Picnic and running wild on Snook beach
  • Fish and Chips in The Crown & Anchor
  • BBQ in the garden, but make sure the wind is blowing in the right direction
  • Star gazing on the Heugh
  • Geocaching around the island


  • Horse riding with Dickie & Jane Jeffries at Kimmerston Riding Centre
  • A trip on the railway at Heatherslaw Mill to Etal
  • A trip to the Farne Islands – with Billy Shiel’s boats
  • Visit to Bamburgh Castle and a walk along the beach from The Wynding
  • Eat at the renowned Potted Lobster which has featured on several tv series.
  • A visit to Alnwick Castle and Gardens and a must do browse around Barter Books
  • A drive through the College Valley from Wooler
  • Lunch and a walk at Floors Castle gardens
  • A walk to Dunstanburgh Castle and lunch at The Ship in Low Newton or The Jolly Fisherman in Craster
  • A walk around the historic Elizabethan Walls of Berwick-upon-Tweed and a walk down the pier. There is also a riverside walk up the River Tweed under the historic and famous bridges including the famous Royal Border Bridge.
  • Both Edinburgh and Newcastle are only 45 mins by train from Berwick-upon-Tweed.