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Rocky islands, habitat for seals and many species of seabird

The Farne Islands are possibly the most exciting seabird colony in England with unrivalled views of 23 species, including around 37,000 pairs of puffin.

It's also home to a large grey seal colony, with more than 1,000 pups born every autumn.

Historically, the islands have strong links with Celtic Christianity and St Cuthbert, who lived here in the 7th Century.

There's also a medieval pele tower and Victorian lighthouse here, plus a visitor centre and easy access boardwalk.

Many of the islands hide underwater at high tide. Visitors pass lots of these inaccessible islets on boat trips - a short journey to a different world!

Bring a picnic, relax, and enjoy the best view of Bamburgh Castle and the Cheviot Hills you can ever have

Opening 2015

The Farne Islands

Inner Farne will be open 28 March to 1 November while Staple Island will be open 1 May - 31 July. For boat information please go to:

Glad Tidings

Golden Gate


St Cuthbert Boat Tours

Spring update

As we get started with the new season, we have an update on some of the goings on on the Farnes including new faces and a few early bird sightings.

Join on the Farnes

As part of the puffin census, we need to take down all their particulars

If you join the National Trust here, your money helps directly with conservation work on the Farnes. You can get a 2 months free offer on the harbour wall or on the Islands themselves.

Breeding season report 2014

This 31 year old Arctic Tern was ringed on the Farnes as a chick

This 31 year old Arctic Tern was ringed on the Farnes as a chick

The Farnes has a diverse and ever-changing population of birds coming to breed on the islands. Our rangers carry out important studies on numbers and distribution of all of them and you can read about their findings in the below report. It was a good year for Shags and Kittiwakes, while the Farnes continue to welcome Northumberland's only breeding pair of Red Breasted Mergansers.

Stay with us nearby

While we don't have any holiday cottages on the Farnes, we do have four National Trust cottages nearby which are great bases from which to explore the area. Please click below to find out more