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Notice: Landings by kayaks are restricted on the Farnes during the breeding season, for info email

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

90 years on the Farnes

In 1923 a public subscription was set up to buy the Farne Islands and give them to the National Trust, which was made official on 10 August 1925. Ninety years on, we are still going strong.


At this time of year...

  • We are now past the main breeding season
  • There are still lots of birds around
  • Arctic terns aren't pecking now, but still worth taking a hat
  • Hats are available from our Seahouses shop!
  • Staple Island is has now closed for the season but...
  • Inner Farne is open 10.30 - 18.00
  • Dolphins and porpoise have been spotted recently
  • Check opening before you travel, the islands may have to close in bad weather
  • There are no cash points or PDQ machines on the Islands

Looking after the North East coast

We're proud to look after some amazing stretches of coastline in our bit of the North East, from the amazing wildlife on the Farne Islands and the stunning sweep of Embleton Bay to the iconic castles of Dunstanburgh and Lindisfarne. We couldn't do what we do without your support, so thank you to everyone who enables us to continue our work

Northumberland Coast Blog

The Farne Islands are part of our Northumberland Coast group. You can read about some of the work we get up to on the Islands in our Coast Blog, which is added to by staff and volunteers.