Farne Islands

Important notice -

We’re working hard to reopen many of our places where it is safe to do so. However, the Farne Islands are currently closed. In line with government guidance the shop at Seahouses is now open.

Rocky islands, habitat for seals and many species of seabird

More about this place

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Terns flying above rangers on the Farne Islands

Discover our wildlife 

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

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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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Our work

Terns sitting on the Welcome to the Farne Islands sign

Diary of essential works on the Farnes 

What is happening on the Farnes during the current crisis?

A puffin with a beak full of fish

World oceans day 

What impact do healthy oceans have on the Farnes

Little Tern, in flight, carrying a fish

Experienced travellers  

Who make the furthest journey to reach the Farnes each year?

High cliffs of Staple island, towering over the sea, various birds nesting

Environment Day 

To celebrate World Environment day, we're taking a look at the Fanres

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.