Taxis serving the island are based in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Prices vary, but will usually be between £30-£33 between the island and Berwick station (£37-39 peak and Sunday rates).
Always check tide times!
Holy Island is located on the A1, about halfway between Newcastle and Edinburgh.
The road to the island includes a causeway that can only be crossed in low tide. The tides come in twice a day (at different times), and the road will then be closed for between three and seven hours, depending on the tide.
You should always check Northumberland Council’s advertised safe crossing times and NEVER cross outside of these times.
For further information about crossing the causeway safely click here.
Parking is available in the main car park, which you’ll see as soon as you arrive on the island (Pay & Display, credit card and app payments available). There is a disabled car park in the village at Green lane (drive into the village and take the first right). More details about parking are available here.
This free service (launched in 2023 as a pilot) allows people to share their rides for a small contribution towards fuel costs, or for free if they simply wish to help others.
The service is not likely to be very active in the winter months, when visitor numbers are low, but we hope it will provide a cost-effective alternative during high season.
477 bus to Holy Island (from Berwick)
The Border Buses 477 line travels to Holy Island from Berwick-upon-Tweed station, on a varying schedule that depends on the tides. It is infrequent, and requires careful planning. In winter it runs once or twice a week – more in summer.
A single journey costs £4.40 (correct as of September 2022) and you can pay by card.
Check bus times for the date of your travel on the Border Buses webpage.
The H1 bus from Belford (you can change at Belford from further afield)
Travelsure operates this bus over the summer. You can change at Belford from services arriving from Alnwick and Bamburgh (and stations along the way).
Details and schedules are available on the Travelsure website.
The Travelsure shuttle from Beal
The shuttle that operates between the island’s main car park and the castle also takes passenger from Beal to the island at the start of its shift and back to Beal and Belford at shift’s end. More details and links to schedules can be found under the Castle Shuttle tab on this page.
There is a car hire service that can meet you at Berwick station. They have manual Corsa and Meriva vehicles (or similar). Pick up and drop off are at the station.
Phone: 01289 307611
For details see East Coast Car Rental’s website.
The shuttle service between the Chare End (main) car park and Lindisfarne Castle is operated by Travelsure at regular intervals.
At the start of each service period (dictated by the tides) the shuttle will run from Beal to the island, travelling between the car park and castle until it has to leave, at which point it will go the other way around to Beal and Belford.
Details for specific dates can be found on the Travelsure website or on their Facebook page.
£2 per person per journey (July 2022). Under 5’s are free.
See Belvue’s website for a comprehensive write-up of how to get to Holy Island by public transport.