Access and biosecurity on the Farnes

We need your help looking after the Farne Islands and you as visitors. This special place is vulnerable to all sorts of non-native species while the terrain is challenging and susceptible to wet weather.


When visiting the Farne Islands during the period 1 May to 31 July on sailings between 9.00 and 12.00, Staple Island is only suitable for able-bodied visitors with stout footwear. There are a series of wide crevasses and large steps over around 70 metres of terrain with no handrails.

In wet weather both islands may be subject to closure due to the sensitivity of the bird colony and/or the slippery terrain.

For information on the facilites on the Islands, please click on the Facilities and Access link on the homepage.

For more access information please refer to the following Site Hazard guides:

Inner Farne site hazard guide (PDF / 0.3MB) download

Staple Island Site Hazard Identification guide (PDF / 0.2MB) download


Home to 200,000 seabirds and over 6000 seals, the Farne Islands are a National Nature Reserve, internationally important for their wildlife. We can't protect this place without your help; when we welcome you to the islands, we have to make sure you are not bringing any unwelcome visitors with you! For example, rats or invasive plants could decimate the wildlife. 

Please have a read through our Biosecurity and Seabird Smart information before you visit to help us look after this special place. 

Biosecurity on the Farnes (PDF / 1.6MB) download

Seabird smart (PDF / 2.2MB) download


A visitor boat on the way to the Farne Islands

Getting to the Farnes

Boats sail from Seahouses to get to the Farne Islands. There are a range of different trips to choose from to suit all tastes.