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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Diving with Seals
AquaticDinosaur, Sheffield, United Kingdom
I travelled to the Farne Islands at the weekend to dive with seals. We went out on Mara Mhor with Sovereign Diving Ltd. After being unsure wether the weather would be good enough for us to go out on the boat, we were relieved to hear that the diving was going to go ahead. We manged 4 great seal dives over the two days. We even managed to see a beautiful sunset on the return boat trip on the Sunday evening. I would recommend diving here whenever you get the chance!
Martin N, Nuneaton, United Kingdom
The trip to the Farne Islands was the main focus of my holiday and it didn't disappoint. I'd booked to go on the visit to the Staple Islands, which I did with the Billy Shiels boat company, and found them to be most professional, friendly and knowledgeable. The National Trust staff on the island were also excellent and gave a great account of the birds inhabiting there. The place really is wonderful and there are so many great opportunities for photos.
It's well worth visiting. Boat guides are very knowledgeable & know where to go for the sights. If you plan to land on the island it costs £7 unless you are a member of the National Trust.
Love this little island ...
Great place to sit and bird watch or just wander in your own thoughts. This is such a peaceful place and worth the boat ride.
Mind the waves
Rita L, Newcastle
We went to the visit Islands with Sunset cruise, it was windy and very cold. First 10 mins on the boat to the white light tower, we experience few big waves, it felt like riding on the pirate in tge theme park. There was family which asked for the life jackets, scream and crying... I was scare too. However, my boys enjoy got on the boat and enjoy the big waves. It got extremely cold on the way back to the shore..not suggest to take sunset cruise in the end of Auguest and check the wind scale on the weather app before