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Linidisfarne -The Isle Of Rich History, Nature

Linidisfarne; The Isle Of Rich History, Nature... And Natural Aphrodisiacs

Located off the North Eastern coast of Northumberland, England - Lindisfarne is widely renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, its rich religious history and the world famous Lindisfarne Mead; although many may be surprised to learn of its aphrodisiac virtues.

Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island is tidal and the causeway that connects the island with the UK's mainland is flooded in the morning and afternoon and visitors should check the safe crossing times for the island before setting out.

Lindisfarne is home to a natural nature reserve and a vast array of native birds can be viewed whilst on one of the many walking tracks. There is also a full day bird watching tour where visitors are accompanied by a local bird expert , you might even be lucky enough to sea a grey seal which live on the neighbouring Farne Islands year round.

If relaxation is on the cards, visitors can wind down in the serenity of the island with a trip to St Aidan's winery where you can enjoy a glass of world famous Lindisfarne Mead.

The mead which is made from honey and wine is thought to possess a natural aphrodisiac and was originally consumed by honeymooners for a whole moon (hence the term 'honey-moon') in order to increase fertility and provide them with a joyful and fulfilled marriage. Visitors can also take a walk around the winery and see how the Mead is made.

Another famous natural aphrodisiac found on the island is the Lindisfarne oyster. The local high quality pacific oysters (Crassostrea Gigas) are grown on the seashore within the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve and were believed to have been established by the monks of Lindisfarne Priory around 1381 after buying a boat of oysters from a Scotsman for 100 shillings.

Lindisfarne is also acknowledged as the origin of modern day Christianity in Britain. It is the birthplace of the distinguished Lindisfarne Gospels, widely regarded as some of the greatest remaining religious and artistic treasures. These gospels are now in the British museum.

The Lindisfarne Heritage Centre houses an electronic copy that can be viewed along with other photographic exhibitions capturing recent archaeological digs and life on the island.

The Castle and the Priory, where these documents were written can also be visited. The Priory ruins were the site of a monastic community founded in AD 635, destroyed by Vikings, and then abandoned in 875 after more Viking lootings. The Castle, standing dramatically on top of the highest hill on the island, was once built as a fort to keep out the Scots. It has now been renovated and decorated in an Edwardian style and holds many antiques from the 17th century.

"North East England is full of unexpected pleasures and Lindisfarne is no exception," said Stacy Hall, Director of Communications & Tourism at One NorthEast, which is responsible for tourism in North East England.

"Visitors can experience beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife, religion, gourmet food and wine all with that little something extra, a sprinkling of history!" added Stacy.

For more information on Lindisfarne go to www.northeastengland.co.nz

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