Farne Islands

Farne Islands information

adult/child excl boat transport £6.80/3.50
Opening hours
by reservation, season and conditions permitting
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During breeding season (roughly May to July), you can see feeding chicks of 20 species of seabird, including puffin, kittiwake, Arctic tern, eider duck, cormorant and gull, as well as some 6000 grey seals on this rocky archipelago about 3 miles offshore from the fishing village of Seahouses, reached from its dock with operators including Billy Shiel .

Crossings can be rough (impossible in bad weather); wear warm, waterproof clothing and an old hat to guard against the birds!

Inner Farne is the more interesting of the two islands accessible to the public (along with Staple Island); its tiny chapel (1370; restored 1848) commemorates St Cuthbert, who lived here for a spell and died here in 687.