Come to test water taken from the sea
Pilgrims covered great distances like migratory birds
In a landscape of still life cut off after dark
Receding water complicated their options
A narrative of mythical gods
Undeterred like troops rallied by an enemy
They survived the crossing like crossing time
A lifeline never ending
Saved from themselves figures stark and simple
Followed marker poles across the dunes
As if following directions on how to get to Heaven
Written by James Tierney
Born in Northumberland, James now lives in Italy working at the University of Milan. He still considers Northumberland his true home.
Image: Pilgrim's Way, Gail Johnson
Experience the serenity of Lindisfarne Priory, cut off from the world on the beautiful Holy Island. Take in panoramic views of the Northumbrian coast, unpack a picnic in the priory grounds, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of life.
Important notice - Lindisfarne Castle is now closed for major restoration: the Gertrude Jekyll Garden, the Lime Kilns and the shop remain open. The Castle is scheduled to reopen April 2018.
Iconic Tudor Fort converted into an intimate holiday home in 1903 for Edward Hudson by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. With charming Gertrude Jekyll walled garden and stunning coastal views to Bamburgh and the Farne Islands - an unusual holiday home by the sea.
Please check our website for opening times and causeway safe crossing times http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle/