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
Film / TV location
Amazing day exploring
What can I say booked with Serenity Boat Tours online no hassle at all booked three hour trip round island stopping at Inner Farne Island landing for an hour - what a crew - amazing so friendly so informative and ensuring everyone had time to capture the breeds of birds and the seals amazing we were blessed with glorious sunshine but what a trip so excited to photograph the puffins amazing
AMAZING boat trip to Farne Islands
1peacefrog, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
We took a boat trip around the Farne islands on June 14th 2017 with a landing on Staple Island. The trip began in Seahouses and lasted approximately 2 1/2 hours including time spent on Staple island. The commentary was very informative and we saw huge numbers of seals and a variety of birds including close up views of puffins! It is truly a trip that should not be missed. Boat crew were very helpful and carefully assisted my 81 year old father-in-law on and off the boat. Cost was 15 pounds for the trip and landing fees for the island are free with National Trust membership (not sure how much the landing fee would be without membership). If you enjoy wildlife and stunning scenery then this is the trip for you!
Another amazing visit this time with Serenity
St39, England, United Kingdom
This was our second visit to Farne Islands. Like our previous visit it was spectacular, seeing many thousands of birds, plus seals, as we sailed round the various islands and on Inner Farne where we disembarked.The puffins were magical as ever and the turns seemed even more daring in their attacks and protecting their young! On our first visit we used Billy Shiel - whilst very good, this time we tried Serenity and are glad we did as it's a lot better: catamaran means it's easy to stand and walk around to take photos; skipper's (Andrew) knowledge and passion for birds is second to none; it was nearly 30 mins longer (same price). Overall, relaxed, informative and very enjoyable. I'm sure we will return to Northumberland - such a beautiful county - and Farne, when we plan to take a trip (with Serenity) that stops at Staple Island.
Andy B, London, England, United Kingdom
Due to termpremental weather I only managed to get across to Inner Farne twice ... but what an experience. The arctir terns were particularly protective of their areas and were not shy at reminding you who was in who's home ... if you were lucky they would just peck you on the head (hats are necessary) ... but wear something that can easily be washed as the odds are that you will be 'hit'! The puffins were all over the place, plenty flying in with sand eels in their bills, others around their burrows and the rest on the cliffs. Farne Islands is an amazing opportunity to see these beautiful creatures. I'm not an ornithologist and went specifically for the terns and puffins, but there was a huge amount of other two-winged wildlife as well as quite a few seals to be seen on the way over.
A must visit
9mike9, Bewdley, United Kingdom
If you are in the area a boat trip-with landing- is a must. Great close up views of seals; puffins; eider ducks; turns; kittiwakes; guillemots; razorbills; kittiwakes etc totally untroubled by humans.National Trust members land free -so take your membership card and , of course, your camera.