The Rocks of St. Mary’s Island

This is why we like to explore outside of the tours, leave the path and find out what’s on the other side.


The lighthouse was beautiful, and while the visitor’s center and the climb to the top are worth doing, the real treat was outside.


Outside is where you find the life.


Outside is where you feel the wind and smell the sea, see the birds nesting and hunting, and where you have a chance to see what’s hidden underneath.


On St. Mary’s Island in Whitley Bay, outside is where the rock pools are, the caves that are only accessible on days like today when the sky was clear, the waves were calm and the tide was low.


I want to come back on a day after a wild storm at high tide and watch the waves roar through these little slots and explode a hundred feet in the air. (I want to see it from inside while I’m wrapped in a blanket with a cup of hot chai tea and some binoculars.)

Today, with no waves and bright sunshine beaming through the cracks, the caves and pools had light and color I haven’t seen anywhere else.

Fair credit – Brian took this one


Brian was thrilled. He is the king of climbing and touching everything, so he was all smiles as he climbed in and out of the holes and cracks.


We spent more time outside climbing in, under and around the rocks, than we did inside the lighthouse. We hiked the whole circumference of the island and were hoping to see a few seals soaking in the sun, but they decided not to come out and show off for us. Maybe we’ll see them next time.


We were smart to bring our jackets, it was really windy and cold, but that bright September sunshine and the crisp air made up for the chill.

We are so lucky. I can’t wait to bring my kids out here.

On the map: Click here to see this location on our Google Map.

and  then, she {snapped}

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8 Responses to The Rocks of St. Mary’s Island

  1. Jennifer Souza October 4, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Beautiful shot of the water and rocks. I love the clarity and the sparkle!

  2. Iota October 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Wow. Incredible photos!

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      October 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      Thank you!

  3. Expat Mum
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    October 5, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    Hi. Just came over from Iota’s blog when i saw you said you’d moved to Newcastle. I was brought up climbing these rocks but I have to say, your photography makes it look like a far more exotic place than St. Mary’s!! Hope you enjoy yourself in my homeland, or, as I like to call it “God’s own country”.
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      October 5, 2012 at 9:32 am #

      Toni, thank you so much for the compliment! Those rocks really are rugged and beautiful, aren’t they? I am enjoying Newcastle now that I’m figuring out how to get around on the metro and the bus. We’ve only been here two weeks, and every time I go out exploring I find something new that I love. We’re only here for a few months and I already know I’m going to miss it when I leave!

  4. Linda Makiej December 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    really lovely work! Wishing you a very happy holiday season…..
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      December 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Thank you, Linda!