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Lindisfarne & Farne Islands
I visited these islands in early May 2013

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Link to Photogallery of Lindisfarne
Link to Photogallery of Farne Islands

In northeast England, off the shore of Northumberland, we find some interesting small islands. The largest island is Lindisfarne, with a length of about 4 kilometers; at low tide, you can reach it on foot, by bicyle or by car. Lindisfarne has a small village, a castle from about 1550 and a spectacular monastic site from a much earlier date; according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the site was pillaged by Vikings in AD 793.

Further south, we find a group of tiny rocky islands called the Farne Islands, which can be reached by excursion boats from the village of Seahouses in the tourist season. The island of Inner Farne has a lighthouse from 1811 and a chapel from the 14th century. Two other islands have lighthouses or the remains of them. At present, the most important lighthouse is Longstone Lighthouse, situated on one of the outer islands.

The Northumbrian shore, including Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands, is a great area for botanists and birdwatchers. The Farne Islands have important colonies of Grey Seals and seabirds, such as Shags, Kittiwakes, Sandwich Terns, Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Puffins and Eider Ducks.

Travel and tourism
The islands are in the touristic area of Northumberland. Lindisfarne can be reached by a causeway at low tide, and the island has tourist accommodations. The Farne Islands can be reached by various boat companies from the village of Seahouses that has many tourist facilities. Tourists are not allowed to stay overnight on the Farne Islands.

Island list
Inner Farne (main island of the Farne Group)
Staple Island
and many others
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