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North Sea Collection

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the North Sea, where history and nature collide

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Scotland, Orkney Islands, Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

Scotland, Orkney Islands, Skara Brae Prehistoric Village. Skara Brae, a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland Orkney

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: England, Northumberland, Druridge Bay. A dramatic expanse of sand dunes fringing the picturesque

England, Northumberland, Druridge Bay. A dramatic expanse of sand dunes fringing the picturesque beach at Druridge Bay, viwed shortly after sunrise

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Dunvegan castle, isle of Skye, Inner hebrides, Scotland

Dunvegan castle, isle of Skye, Inner hebrides, Scotland

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: England, Northumberland, Newbiggin by the sea

England, Northumberland, Newbiggin by the sea. Coal dust revealed by a retreating wave on the Newbiggin by the sea beach

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: England, Tyne and Wear, Whitley Bay. Incoming tide engulfs the causeway linking St Marys Island &

England, Tyne and Wear, Whitley Bay. Incoming tide engulfs the causeway linking St Marys Island & lifehouse to the mainland

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: England, Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle. Bamburgh Castle and dunes near Bamburgh village

England, Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle. Bamburgh Castle and dunes near Bamburgh village

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Viking ship at sea

Viking ship at sea
Norsemen at sea following their raven pilot. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: View of the village of Alnmouth with River Aln flowing into the North Sea

View of the village of Alnmouth with River Aln flowing into the North Sea, fringed by beautiful beaches, near Alnwick, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Heavy Lift Barge

Heavy Lift Barge
Heavy lift barge Stavanger, North Sea oil capital, Rogaland, Norway, Scandinavia, Europe

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: England, Cleveland, Saltburn-by-the-Sea. View from the top of the funicular railway

England, Cleveland, Saltburn-by-the-Sea. View from the top of the funicular railway, one of the worlds oldest water-powered cliff lifts, towards the Victorian Pier and North Sea Beach

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Union Street, Aberdeen, 1962

Union Street, Aberdeen, 1962
Rosemount, Aberdeen, ABERDEENSHIRE, SCOTLAND facing North East. NCAP: Aerofilms Archive. - 26/10/1962

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Northern Friesland (Nordfriesland), and islands, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, lithograph

Northern Friesland (Nordfriesland), and islands, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, lithograph, published 1887
North Frisian Islands and Northern Friesland (Nordfriesland), the northernmost district of Germany, part of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Lithograph, published in 1887

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: UK, England, Northumberland, Embleton Bay, Embleton Bay Beach, Dunstanburgh Castle

UK, England, Northumberland, Embleton Bay, Embleton Bay Beach, Dunstanburgh Castle

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Sunrise at Rattray Head Lighthouse, north-east Scotland, January 2014

Sunrise at Rattray Head Lighthouse, north-east Scotland, January 2014. All non-editorial uses must be cleared individually

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: An elevated view of the fishing village of Staithes, North Yorkshire, England

An elevated view of the fishing village of Staithes, North Yorkshire, England
Looking seawards over cottage rooftops of the fishing village of Staithes, North Yorkshire, England

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: North Sea at night, satellite image

North Sea at night, satellite image
North Sea at night. Black marble satellite image of the North Sea at night. Lights from ships and flares from gas and oil platforms can be seen. On land, more densely populated areas are brighter

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) swimming towards camera, Orkney, Scotland, UK, August

Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) swimming towards camera, Orkney, Scotland, UK, August

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Map of the Netherlands, lithograph, published in 1877

Map of the Netherlands, lithograph, published in 1877
Map of the Netherlands. Lithograph, published in 1877

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Eroded arch called Marsden Rock

Eroded arch called Marsden Rock, Tyne and Wear, North Sea

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie, Moray, Scotland, United Kingdom

Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie, Moray, Scotland, United Kingdom

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Model of Murchison North Sea Oil Rig

Model of Murchison North Sea Oil Rig

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: PROY2A-00017

PROY2A-00017
Map of Europe in the time of Charlemagne, 768-814 AD. Printed color lithograph, 19th century

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh, 1949

Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh, 1949
Waverley Station, Edinburgh, MIDLOTHIAN, SCOTLAND facing West. NCAP: Aerofilms Archive. - 20/11/1949

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Gannets (Morus bassanus) diving to feed on discarded fish, Shetland, Scotland, UK, April

Gannets (Morus bassanus) diving to feed on discarded fish, Shetland, Scotland, UK, April

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Derelict fishing boats, Spiggi, Shetland Islands Scotland

Derelict fishing boats, Spiggi, Shetland Islands Scotland

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: England, Tyne & Wear, St Marys Lighthouse

England, Tyne & Wear, St Marys Lighthouse. St Marys Island and Lighthouse, a popular tourist destination near Whitley Bay

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Firth of Forth, UK, satellite image

Firth of Forth, UK, satellite image. The Firth of Forth is the major estuary of the River Forth in Scotland. The grey area at centre is the city of Edinburgh

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Oil drilling rig, North Sea

Oil drilling rig, North Sea
Oil drilling rig. Byford Dolphin semi-submersible oil rig moored in the Cromarty Firth at the town of Invergordon, Scotland

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Jackup oil drilling rig, North Sea

Jackup oil drilling rig, North Sea
Jackup oil drilling rig. Ensco 80 oil rig being towed up the Cromarty Firth passing the town of Invergordon. Photographed in the North Sea, Scotland

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: England, North Yorkshire, Whitby. One of the entrance piers of Whitby Harbour at dawn

England, North Yorkshire, Whitby. One of the entrance piers of Whitby Harbour at dawn

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Spanish Armada, 1588

Spanish Armada, 1588
Defeat of the Spanish Armada by the English navy, 1588. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: The long sandy beach beside the Ackergill Links at Sinclairs Bay

The long sandy beach beside the Ackergill Links at Sinclairs Bay

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Image taken with a Holga medium format 120 film toy camera of view out to North Sea at dusk with

Image taken with a Holga medium format 120 film toy camera of view out to North Sea at dusk with sea washing around old wooden groynes, Alnmouth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: MAP OF THE COURSE OF THE WEAR, in North East England rises in the Pennines and flows

MAP OF THE COURSE OF THE WEAR, in North East England rises in the Pennines and flows eastwards, mostly through County Durham to the North Sea in the City of Sunderland.Is one of the regions longest

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Sweden and Norway, lithograph, published in 1878

Sweden and Norway, lithograph, published in 1878
Ancient map of Sweden and Norway. Lithograph, published in 1878

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Antique map of Denmark

Antique map of Denmark

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Blackness Castle, Blackness, Firth of Forth, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Blackness Castle, Blackness, Firth of Forth, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Oil drilling rig at night, North Sea

Oil drilling rig at night, North Sea
Oil drilling rig at night. Byford Dolphin semi-submersible oil rig moored in the Cromarty Firth at the town of Invergordon, Scotland

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Oil drilling rig, North Sea

Oil drilling rig, North Sea
Oil drilling rig. Byford Dolphin semi-submersible oil rig moored in the Cromarty Firth at the town of Invergordon, Scotland

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: England, Northumberland, Bamburgh. Sea Thrift growing along a rocky outcrop north of Bamburgh Castle

England, Northumberland, Bamburgh. Sea Thrift growing along a rocky outcrop north of Bamburgh Castle

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Sandy beach, blue sky and clouds, Schiermonnikoog, West Frisian Islands, Friesland

Sandy beach, blue sky and clouds, Schiermonnikoog, West Frisian Islands, Friesland, The Netherlands (Holland), Europe

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: EXPL2A-00238

EXPL2A-00238
Danish Viking ship " Raven" at sea, showing oars and sails. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Map of Schleswig-Holstein, northernmost state of Germany, lithograph, published 1887

Map of Schleswig-Holstein, northernmost state of Germany, lithograph, published 1887
Map of Schleswig-Holstein, northernmost state of Germany. Lithograph, published in 1887

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Puffin (Fratercula arctica) swimming underwater, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, July

Puffin (Fratercula arctica) swimming underwater, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, July

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Map of Prussia, c1872. Creator: Unknown

Map of Prussia, c1872. Creator: Unknown
Map of Prussia, c1872. Showing the various regions including Holstein, Hanover, Westphalia, Lower Rhine, Lorraine, Nassau, Cassel, Saxony, Brandedburg, Silesia, Pomerania, West Prussia

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) just under surface, off Shetland, Scotland, UK

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) just under surface, off Shetland, Scotland, UK. First ever underwater images of humpbacks in British waters

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Map of the North Sea and the Baltic, c1914, (c1920). Creator: John Bartholomew & Son

Map of the North Sea and the Baltic, c1914, (c1920). Creator: John Bartholomew & Son
Map of the North Sea and the Baltic, c1914, (c1920). Northern Europe at the start of the First World War, including parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Germany, Denmark

Background imageNorth Sea Collection: Shingle beach and chalk cliffs along the North Sea coast at Yport, Normandy, France

Shingle beach and chalk cliffs along the North Sea coast at Yport, Normandy, France, June 2018




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Discover the breathtaking beauty of the North Sea, where history and nature collide. From Dunvegan Castle on the enchanting Isle of Skye in Scotland's Inner Hebrides to the stunning sand dunes of Druridge Bay in England's Northumberland, this coastal wonderland will leave you spellbound. Witness the captivating drama as the incoming tide engulfs the causeway linking St Marys Island and lifehouse in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear. Marvel at Bamburgh Castle standing proudly amidst rolling dunes near Bamburgh village, a true testament to Northumberland's rich heritage. Venture further north to explore Skara Brae Prehistoric Village on Scotland's Orkney Islands, a fascinating glimpse into ancient civilizations. Feel like a true Viking as you set sail on a majestic ship across these historic waters or witness the might of a Heavy Lift Barge navigating through its vast expanse. Take in panoramic views from Alnmouth village with River Aln flowing gracefully into the North Sea or immerse yourself in nostalgia at Staithes fishing village in North Yorkshire. The charm is undeniable. Embrace tranquility along Embleton Bay Beach with Dunstanburgh Castle looming majestically nearby or soak up seaside vibes at Newbiggin by-the-sea, where golden sands meet azure waves. And don't miss out on Saltburn-by-the-Sea's top-of-the-world view from its iconic funicular railway. The North Sea beckons adventurers and dreamers alike with its diverse landscapes and hidden treasures. So come experience this coastal paradise that seamlessly blends history, natural wonders, and endless awe.