holy island castle


Cobbles and sky by Tony
Via Flickr:
Out at sea the sky can get very wide.


One of the most celebrated gardeners of modern times, Gertrude Jekyll (1843–1932), laid out a tiny garden just north of the castle in 1911. The castle, garden and nearby lime kilns are in the care of the National Trust and open to visitors.Turner, Thomas Girtin and Charles Rennie Mackintosh all painted on Holy Island.

This is Northumberland.


skim over the sands and causeway to holy island and prepare to enter another world. lying just a few miles off the northumberland coast, holy island is cut off twice-daily from the rest of the world by fast-moving tides. Both an island and a picturesque village, holy island carries a wealth of history within its tidal walls.


A garden must combine the poetic and be mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy. Luis Barragan

Gertrude Jekyll created this garden in 1911 and it still creates wonderful color and scent every year.

The garden occupies the site of a vegetable patch which once provided the soldiers in the Castle with food. Gertrude’s combination of hardy annuals, colouful perennials and heritage vegetables provide a riot of color in the summer and a leafy, sheltered oasis all year round.

this is northumberland.