The iconic Holy Island lies off the Northumberland coast and is part of a National Nature Reserve. Steeped in history, its monastery can be traced back to the 6th Century and there’s also a 16th Century castle here. Access is via a causeway that’s covered at high tide. There are two sandy beaches on the north shore, by Emmanuel Head, although most visitors follow the road towards the Priory and the castle on the landward south side of the island.
What the beach means to Ian.
Beaches near and far for Barbara.
A view of the nature reserve by the causeway.