Farne Islands

Important notice -

Inner Farne now open for landings dependent on weather conditions, please check with your boat operator before travelling to Seahouses. Staple Island will open for landings 1 May - 31 July

Rocky islands, habitat for seals and many species of seabird

Farne Islands

Things to see and do

Kittiwakes and other seabirds have struggled because of the lack of sandeels in our oceans

Visiting the Farne Islands: What you need to know 

Inner Farne opens to visitors 1 April 2022, and Staple opens 1 May 2022. You don't need to book an admission ticket, but you do need to book a boat ticket. We do recommend that you do this in advance.

Visitors looking at shags close up on the Farne Islands rocks

Things to see and do 

From puffins to seals and Arctic terns to eider ducks, there's bountiful wildlife for you to discover on your visit to the Farne Islands. Find out more about what species you might see, when and where, as well as the other features of the Islands, such as St Cuthbert's Chapel.

Child with rock pool creature

Family adventures on the Farne Islands 

You can tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ on the Farne Islands and we sometimes have ranger-led activities and events.

A visitor on Staple Island, Farne Islands

Access and biosecurity on the Farnes 

We need your help looking after the Farne Islands. This special place is vulnerable to all sorts of nasty invaders, so here's some advice to make sure you don't bring any with you!

Visitors walking into Low Newton with Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance

Spring on the Northumberland Coast 

There are lots of ways to have fun and make memories on the Northumberland coast this spring.

Visitors in the forest at Cragside, Northumberland

Inland from the Northumberland Coast 

Ros Castle and St Cuthbert's Cave are great places for walking, for views and for soaking in the ancient history of this landscape.

Farne Islands

Wildlife

Terns flying above rangers on the Farne Islands

Wildlife on the Farne Islands 

Find the seals, puffins and over 100,000 seabirds, that call our special place home each year, on your visit.

Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

Puffins on the Farne Islands 

The puffin is one of the country's favourite birds. There are few better places to see them up close than on the Farne Islands in Northumberland.

Guillemots with an egg on the Farne Islands

Breeding birds report 2021 

Ranger Tom Hendry writes about the fortunes of the Farne Islands seabird colony in 2021.

Visitors watching a puffin on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

Wildlife calendar 

The Farne Islands are most famous for the puffins and seals, plus many other species. Have a look at our wildlife calendar to find out what you'll see when.

Grey seals on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

Ten facts about the Farne Islands' seals 

The Farne Islands are home to thousands of grey seals, and each autumn hundreds of pups are born here. Here are ten facts about seals on the Farnes.

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Our work

Four National Trust rangers counting guillemots on the Farne Islands

Our work on the Farne Islands 

Maintenance work to the boardwalks needs to be done regularly as well as painting and redecorating the Chapel and Tower. Our status as a Marine Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest mean we've other important work to do too.

Aerial view of seals and pups on the Farne Islands

Cutting edge technology for annual seal pup count 

Thermal imagery from a drone will be used for the first time by rangers on the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland to help verify seal pup numbers at one of the largest grey seal pup colonies in England.

Farne Islands

History

The stained glass window in St Cuthbert's Chapel on the Farne Islands

Discover our history 

St Cuthbert spent over 10 years living as a hermit on Inner Farne, monks, lighthouse keepers, soldiers and even shipwrecked sailors also called this island home.

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Eating and shopping

Two puffin products in Seahouses shop

The shop for the Farne Islands

The shop for the Farne Islands is in Seahouses (where you get the boats from): Much of the range is inspired by the Farne Islands.