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 bird watching at Ferne Islands
duncanjensen, Copenhagen, Denmark
One cold, rainy day in May, we went on this boat trip to Ferne Islands with Billy Shiel Farne Islands Boat Trips. It was a bit expensive but worth every penny. The boat sailed close to the cliffs so we'd a great view to the birds. There's to be paid entrance to National Trust, who take care of bird sanctuary but again, it was totally worth it. We're cold. Very cold when we came back to Seahouses but so very happy we've done the tour. It's an experience we wouldn't have been without
A once in a life time experence
michellemccue72, Durham, United Kingdom
If you have opertunity to vist the Farn islands please take it . To see the seals puffins and other variety of wildlife in there natural enviroment is just breath takeing and one of my well travelled childrens favourite experence of all time.
21gabrijela, Maribor, Slovenia
Simply wonderful! Friendly guides on the boat, beautiful nature and thousands of birds. The ship brings you close enough to the islands, so you can observe seals and birds.There was also a great experience on the island, as you can be near the birds. I felt like in the documentary film from Discovery Chanel. :-) Worth the money!!
Lots to see
David H, Manchester, United Kingdom
The Farne Islands are amazing for the amount of wildlife you will see, predominantly birds but we did also see a harbour porpoise and lots of grey seals.
One with Nature at the Rocky shores
CharlotteHesterman, The Netherlands
Get away and enjoy the thousands of birds around the Farne Islands. Sterns, puffins and way more birds can be seen. But also the seals ofcourse. Walk around on one of the Island an if you get cold get a nice cup of tea/coffee at the shop to support the National Trust.