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.
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In Seahouses - Pay and Display, non National Trust
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625phyllisR, Grangemouth, United Kingdom
Great trip for £15 with billy shiels boat trip, you can just tour isles or land paying national trust before you leave harbour, i have national trust ticket so landed for free. Great chances for seal pics and longstone lighthouse pics and all sorts of birds close up. Landed on inner farne, saw st cuthberts church and saw lots of birds nesting close up,
Puffins all around
E4299IWjohnt, Johannesburg, South Africa
Did a trip with Billy Shiel Boat Trips to the Farne Islands, well worth it. Did the 3 hr tour and saw everything, Gannets, Shags, Artic terns and Razorbills. Safe and comfortable trip, very cold weather. Interesting Chapel on the Island.
Wow - Amazing!!!
Sam F, Leeds, United Kingdom
Having visited as a little girl and again when my children were young I was keen to show my partner the puffins and seals on the Farnes . It did not disappoint the National Trust staff on the island were fantastic and very informative. Explaining their work and their life while volunteering for months on end. It is definitely worth landing to experience the birds close up amazing place nature at its best.
What a fabulous trip
Had been wanting to visit these islands for many years we did a national trust special 1.5hours no landing, and boy was I impressed, but did'nt have my camera. Nature at it's best. The sea was so calm and the weather so warm. Because we didn't land we could take the dog's with us, but they weren't that impressed, this is trip is highly recommended.
Brilliant for Puffins
BT3rd, Windsor, United Kingdom
This is a wonderful place to see puffins and shags. The shags next right up to the walkways and you can get very close. They were sitting on their eggs this time of year. The puffin burrows are so close too. It was lovely to see the birds emerging and flying off very very close to us as they passed. Then there were all the guillemots on the rock edge. This reserve is a great place to go to get close to nature and we throughly enjoyed seeing the wildlife.