One of the UK's best wildlife experiences is just a boat ride away - the Farne Islands lying off the coast of North Northumberland.
In summer the Farne Islands are 'home' for over 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds, including 55,000+ pairs of puffins. When the birds leave in late summer the Islands become the pupping grounds for the second largest colony of grey seals in England.
Then there is the human story with St Cuthbert and Grace Darling taking centre stage, whilst the view from the Farne Islands back towards Bamburgh Castle rival any seen from the mainland.
The Farne Islands are open to visitors from 28th March to the 1st Nov.
The best time to visit, for the breeding seabirds that is, being mid-April through to late July, when landing is possible on Inner Farne, Staple Island, and Longstone.
The seal pups can be viewed from visitor boats from late October until mid-December.
Car parking available
In Seahouses - Pay and Display, non National Trust
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Awesome Beautiful Kid's favorites Seals in huge numbers in one place Variety of bids Historical places Rocks and light houses A great place to experience for all age groups Natural!!!!!
Farne Island Tour
julian3764, East Retford, England, United Kingdom
We went with Serenity Tours(booking office at the main car park in Seahouses). £15 each for the boat plus £9 to land on the islands (national trust members free to land). The tour went around the islands with a very informed commentary both of the history and wildlife. Crew were also well informed and very welcoming and answered any questions Landings are subject to weather and nesting/bird welfare issues , we had a good hour on the inner farne island with rangers on hand to answer any questions and a thousand photo opportunities I would say this is a must do if you're in the area!!!!
Stunning Islands, Wonderful Wildlife
Went round the islands courtesy of billy sheil boat trips, was about an hour and a half in length and was a real eye opener and glimpse into the lives of the birds and other animals that inhabit these peaceful islands. Beware, these are a boat trip away, WRAP UP because the weather changes VERY quick out there.
No shortage of puffins
ChrisBrown38, Brentwood, United Kingdom
The islands were heaving with birds and seals, and the best time to visit seems to be June/July before they all go off island out to sea. The noise of the birds is best described as a cacophony. Inner Farne stinks of bird poop; they probably all do, but this is the one on which you can land, and get real close to puffins, terns, kittiwakes and shags. Expect to be bombed June and early July as the terns defend their young.
BarryD974, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
I travelled to the farne islands on the three hour cruise boat and paid the additional fee to land on the island. Our party had a wide range of ages from 84 to two and a half but we all loved the visit. It was special to see so many puffins flying around us as we approached the farnes but also to get up close to them as we landed. The information given was good and the types of birds and seals we could see were identified for us. It's always good to know what we are looking at and some details about them. We all felt safe throughout the trip. This isn't a cheap trip but as a one off adventure it's really good and some of the money goes to the national trust so is well used to preserve the life on the famous islands.