Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Any road trip down the north east coast of England must include a visit to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne: a tidal island off the Northumberland coast, just south of Berwick-Upon-Tweed. It’s an island that has its roots in Celtic Christianity and latterly Norman influences, and being detached from the mainland accentuates the spiritual aura that many perceive to be associated with this island.

The island is famed for its tidally restricted causeway; the only access point to the island. This is a particularly dangerous causeway, however, due to the large tidal range of the North Sea in this part of the British Isles. Once on the island, you have to spend your time very wisely at the various attractions, as the tides can catch motorists unaware and leave you either stranded on the island, or in a perilous position on the causeway. Safe crossing periods are clearly marked, but the tourists have found themselves in difficulty in the past.

Once on the island, the Lindisfarne Castle provides a magnificent backdrop for landscape photography. Perched high above the eastern side of the island; there are numerous ways to incorporate the 16th century fortification into any shot. This includes from the bay at Holy Island beach, and from the east at the Castle Point Lime Kilns. One of the keys to successful landscape photography is the presence of an interesting foreground, or even lead lines. This usually takes the form of natural features and shapes which draw the eye towards a main focal point in the image. The dry stone masonry walls embedded within the low bluffs, or the rocky shoreline polished by millions of years of North Sea waves are some such examples.

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