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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a trip in a life time
the day out was brilliant we dropped on very good weather the trip was booked in Seahouses with Billy Shields and they could not have been more helpful, yes you need a hat on the islands not a hard hat put some bubble wrap under the hat trust me, If you are not a NT member they will get you a day pass on the harbour side, we went for the full day which was brilliant .
Boat trip to Farne Islands
Barbara W, Blackpool, United Kingdom
A great trip around the islands viewing wildlife before landing on the largest island in the group. Lucky to see a migrant Yellow Brower Warbler, recently arrived from Siberia. Buy crab sandwiches from the hut on the harbour before you sail, great eaten at the picnic area looking back to the mainland.
Mudeford123, Christchurch, United Kingdom
We took a boat trip with Billy Shiels from Seahouses. It was a lovely day and we went around all the islands. We landed on the main island for approx one hour. We were met by one of the National Trust guides who took us up to the church for a brief talk about the island. We then had a wander around. It was the wrong time of year for the puffins etc but we still saw some birds and plenty of grey seals. Would recommend the trip but remember that if you need to pay to go onto the island unless you are already a National Trust member.
Great boat trips around the islands.
If you are near Seahouses in Northumberland, make sure to put aside some time to enjoy one of the many boat trips around these beautiful islands taking in the abundance of wild life from various bird life including puffins to dolphins and a large seal colony. A great 90 mins (longer tours are available I believe) and don't forget your camera!
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becksbooboo, Loughborough, United Kingdom
this is the worst experience ever I got attacked by a fly and now I have a cut n my finger it might be infected now I blame you!