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Iconic Lindisfarne

  • Location Northumberland
  • Price from £50.00
  • Attractions
  • Historical
  • Tours
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Learn new skills
  • Microadventure


If you are learning photography, why not learn how to capture two iconic subjects....Lindisfarne Castle and the Holy Island Causeway! 

Lindisfarne Castle has dominated the horizon since the 16th century, on clear days it is even visible from the Scottish Borders. It is sited upon Beblowe Craig, a huge volcanic mound. The castle has been present during many significant historical events. It has seen Monks, Viking raids, Normans, the Scottish Wars of Independence, the island become Tudor ownership under the one and only Henry VIII, the castle itself being captured by Jacobite rebels....and now it has to deal with the army of sheep inhabiting its land! 

The causeway becomes completely submerged by the sea twice daily, meaning the island is cut off from the mainland. But when it is open, you can experience the raw natural beauty that is presented once the sea subsides. The road across the causeway has a little hut alongside it, which is very photogenic...especially under a moody, grey sky! There are posts marking the old crossing, Pilgrim's Way. These are a great subject to practice shooting minimal, fine art photographs, paired with the Refugee Boxes, you can get some incredible images.
Even with the accuracy of the tide times which allow you amble time to enter or leave the island safely, there are still people who think their cars can somehow beat the incoming tides! The Refugee Boxes and the Hut have been used by those people because they were caught out! So don't risk it, your car is not stronger or faster than the sea.

We have taken the time to explore many different shooting angle in multiple lighting conditions, which means we can help advice you on how to take the best images of these two iconic subjects. We focus on capturing a story, we think about the 'why?' when we compose an image. Why is Lindisfarne Castle iconic? How can we create an image that shows an 'iconic' feeling? How can the lighting we are presented with e.g. pink sunrise, dark moody clouds exaggerate that feeling? 
We will challenge you to think about these aspects when you compose your shot. 

  • We will meet at the main car park on the island and walk to Lindisfarne Castle for either sunrise or sunset (this depends on the tide times for access onto and off the island)
  • We will explore the castle from the grounds outside and then you will be..
  • ...given tips on how to create a composition based on the subject, and how to take the components you are presented with to create an image that tells a story.
  • ...advised on how to control lighting, depending on what weather is available on the day.
  • ...introduced to camera settings such as ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture, practiced in manual mode.
  • After we have finished at the castle, we will set off to explore the causeway where the tips you have learned and practiced at the castle will also be put to use.
  • We have set aside two timeslots with 4 hours each, an early morning timeslot focusing on a potential sunrise, and an evening timeslot to capture the sunset. Be sure to book with those in mind.

You should join this workshop if:
  • You want to learn a new skill or 
  • Enhance photography skills 
  • Achieve a goal 
  • Reduce stress, anxiety and depression 
  • Gain self confidence 
  • Improve mental health and wellbeing 
  • Reduce loneliness and social isolation 
  • Put your limits to the test 
  • Overcome a fear 
  • Experience the extraordinary 
  • Learn how to create powerful photographs
  • Become part of a community that offer support and guidance with anything 
  • Become a photographer

This workshop will leave you asking questions about what makes a good image. This workshop is for camera users only. 

We have to take the tide times into account when running this workshop to ensure the safety of both ourselves and you, the participant. With this in mind, please be aware that the workshop times may be altered to correspond with the tide times of the island.

5% of the workshop price will be donated to Lindisfarne Castle through The National Trust throughout the month of April.

Due to covid-19 restrictions, we will be adhering to social distancing rules. We will wear masks if we need to show you something up close on your camera/smartphone. As it is an outdoor workshop, it is not a requirement for you to wear a mask but you are welcome to wear one if you would like to. If you can, please bring hand sanitizer so we can reduce the amount of potential transmission.

This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:

  • Charity fundraising

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Effort Level

You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination

  • Chilled
  • Active
  • Tough


    What you'll need

  • Warm Clothing
  • Waterproofs Wellies!!
  • Food
  • Drink Water, flask of tea etc
  • Other Photography equipment (camera, lenses, filters, tripod, batteries, memory cards!)


Custom Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours before the workshop is scheduled to start.




Sassenach Photography

Sassenach Photography

Sassenach Photography is the experience provider for Iconic Lindisfarne