Saints and Stones: St. Cuthbert's Island (Hobthrush Isle)

Hobthrush Island (now called St. Cuthbert's Island) is connected to Lindisfarne at low tide in the same way Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland, but it is an island at high tide. It was here, within sight of the main island, that Cuthbert first attempted living as a hermit. He soon realized it was still too close to Lindisfarne; monks could still shout over to him. After that he went to Inner Farne, where no one had ever stayed for long.

Any structure Cuthbert may have used would have been wooden. A later stone hermitage was built, a few foundation stones of which remain.

About St. Cuthbert's Island

New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia: Ancient Diocese and Monastery of Lindisfarne
Wikipedia: Lindisfarne
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Cuthbert
Wikipedia: Cuthbert

Journey to St. Cuthbert's Island

St. Cuthbert's Island is located just offshore of Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in Northumberland, England. St. Cuthbert's Island is accessible by foot at low tide. Lindisfarne (Holy Island) is located off the A1 and just offshore of the Northumberland coast in Northeast England. Holy Island is linked to the mainland by a long causeway. Twice each day the tide sweeps in from the North Sea and covers the road to the island.

Streetmap UK NGR NU1289042630.

Visitors Information

Visitors information for St. Cuthbert's Island may be found at the Holy Island of Lindisfarne website. General tourist information may be found at the Visit Northumberland website.

Additional Photos of St. Cuthbert's Island

Approaching St. Cuthbert's Island at Low Tide
Remaining Foundation Stones of a Later Hermitage on St. Cuthbert's Island
Looking Back to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) from St. Cuthbert's Island

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