The Farne Islands are arguably Britains finest wildlife experience

Farne Islands (National Nature Reserve)

A visit to the Farne Islands should be at the top of the “to do” lists for bird-watchers, historians, geologists…… fact everyone.

Landing is allowed on 3 of the 28 (14 at high tide!) islands.

LONGSTONE ISLAND has no breeding birds but does have a historic lighthouse.

STAPLE ISLAND has breeding Razorbill, Guillemot, Puffin, Fulmar, Kittiwake and Rock Pipt. Landings are in the morning from May – July.

INNER FARNE has breeding all of these plus Common, Sandwich and Arctic Tern. Landings in the afternoon from April – July.

Boats sail from Seahouses and you should always remember to wear a hat, particularly in June & July when the Terns are at their most vigorous protecting their eggs and chicks!


H.J.Hanvey & Sons

MV St.Cuthbert Boat Trips

Tel: 016650 720 388


Landing trips cost. £15.00 per Adult, £10 per Child. Plus National Trust charges.

1.5 hour sail around also available Adult £13.00 Child £9.00. Child up to 15 years.

Group rates and School parties catered for.


W. Shiel

Glad Tidings Boat Trips:

Tel: 01665 720308

Office: 01665 720316



Landing trips cost: £15 per Adult, £10 per Child (12 years and under), plus National Trust Charges. Trips begin 1st April, depending on weather.

1.5 hours sail around £13 per adult £9 per child.

By arrangement 5.5 hour tour 10.00am-3.00pm.

Holy Island trips 4 hours (depending on tides).  Also provide bird watching day trip. Dive boat hire.

Booking recommended

Group rates and School Parties catered for.


Serenity Boat Tours:

Tel: 01665 721 554 / 720 760

Office:01665 721 667

Landing trips cost £15 per adult, £10 per child, plus National Trust charges.

1.5 sail around available, adult £13, child £9



Golden Gate Boat Trips

Tel: 01665 721 210 / 721 819

Sail arounds and landing trips to Longstone Island, plus tour of Longstone Lighthouse and the National Trust islands. (plus national trust charges)

Group rates and school parities catered for. Child rates vary according to age of child. Dogs welcome ont Longstone Island.


Please contact individual operators fo times of sailings.

October is a great time to sail round the islands too, when the Grey Seal colony is at the height of the breeding season.

If that hasn’t convinced you, picture this “37,000 pairs of Puffins”!

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