Photographic Journey Around Lindisfarne, The Holy Island

How do you describe a place that seems magical, shrouded in myths and legends, been invaded by vikings and has hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting each year. You don’t, well at least I don’t. Plenty has been written about the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, (hint, follow the links through this post), so I’m just going to show you some photographs and do it my way by saying it with a camera. Well, I might add a few words just to keep it flowing. So let’s get going…..


That’s Holy Island in the distance. To reach it you have to cross the sea, well it is an island, but only when the tide is out. Otherwise you could find yourself in danger


Believe it or not about once a month someone does not look at the tide table….and when they get in trouble that little wooden box is their safe place. Of course their car is a total write-off and the insurers just love the fact that they didn’t look at the tables.


Lindisfarne has a castle

Lindisfarne Castle

….and a church, actually it’s got more than one

Stained Glass

and inside one church is an amazing wood carving

The Journey

oh, and don’t forget the ruins of the priory, visited by Viking raiding parties

Lindisfarne Priory

At this time of the year, spring flowers are in abundance, on the meadows, on rocky cliffs

Spring Flowers

and country lanes

The Lane

Fog on a hot sunny day, it can’t be, but it is. I told you this place was mystical.

Strange Mist

That’s it. I hope you enjoyed the photographs.


23 thoughts on “Photographic Journey Around Lindisfarne, The Holy Island

  1. ISABELLA ROSE PHOTO JOURNAL May 27, 2016 / 19:34

    Interesting article yet again with great photography. I was amazed when I saw the little hut to take refuge in. I can just imagine what it would feel like sitting there in the middle of the sea. Quite scary! The stained glass is wonderful – one of my favourite subjects. And the wood carving is fantastic. And a great final image of the fog on a sunny day. I experienced this on Porthmadog Beach last year. Yes, truly mystical. Thank you, Mike.

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  2. Ann @Ann Edwards Photography May 27, 2016 / 20:19

    great photographs, Mike. It is on my wish list of places to visit.

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    • Mike Hardisty May 29, 2016 / 11:37

      Allow plenty of time to cross the causeway, wander around the island and taking photographs, Ann. I didn’t visit the castle, we didn’t have time due to the imminent tide change.


  3. Thomas Hamilton May 27, 2016 / 23:28

    Well documented, great photo’s and has brought to my attention a place I had never considered visiting…….until now.

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  4. cassieborodenko May 28, 2016 / 00:34

    I loved these photos of Holy Island! I went there many years ago with a walking club. The bus waited for us on the mainland and we walked across the causeway to Lindisfarne. This was fine on the way to the island, but we were a little late on the way back and the tide was beginning to come in as we returned. Needless to say, we got very wet feet!

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    • Mike Hardisty May 29, 2016 / 11:32

      It’s all too easy. I live on the North Wales coast and I’ve been caught out a few times by not paying attention to the tide times.

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  5. shellsshizzle May 28, 2016 / 00:57

    I love your images; beautifully captured. I’m adding this to my visit list too !! Thank you 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty May 29, 2016 / 11:28

      It’s a great place for photography, Cynthia. It’s just a shame the lighting conditions were quite harsh.

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    • Mike Hardisty May 29, 2016 / 08:32

      All of the stained glass is modern but the church is very old, Yvonne. I enjoyed wandering around Lindisfarne, but there were too many tourists which mad photography difficult without including them. I waited a while in the church for a people free moment but in the end I decided I had to include them as I would be waiting a long time otherwise. It’s one of those places I want to go back to

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      • petspeopleandlife May 29, 2016 / 21:25

        I hope that y0u can go back. Scotland is beautiful from what I’ve seen in photos.

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    • Mike Hardisty May 29, 2016 / 08:28

      I could have spent more time there Sue, but the tide times meant we had to leave early afternoon. I’d like to go back and do some early morning/evenings shots.


  6. RealMaryZ May 28, 2016 / 18:40

    Thank you! I’d never even heard of this place, but now I want to visit.

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    • Mike Hardisty May 29, 2016 / 08:09

      Really worth the visit as is a lot of the North Northumbrian coast, beautiful beaches, great little fishing villages, lots of castles, amongst other things

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  7. Janet Sunderland May 30, 2016 / 23:16

    The land and mist and water makes me think of the mystic isle of Avalon. Nice shots, Mike. Thank you.

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    • Mike Hardisty June 8, 2016 / 15:41

      Don’t know about Avalon, Janet, but with all those castles along the coast it is quite mystical


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