Getting to the Farnes

A visitor boat on the way to the Farne Islands

Everyone visiting the Farnes needs to get on a boat at Seahouses harbour. There are 28 islands, of which 3 are accessible; Inner Farne, Staple (May-July only), and Longstone.

Getting around the Farnes

If you are visiting the Islands please have a look at our Site Hazard Identification guides for Inner Farne and Staple so you can be aware of the layout of the islands and any dangers of which you need to be aware.

Sailing to the Farnes

All sailings in April and from August to October go to Inner Farne only and allow for one hour landing on Inner Farne. There are usually sailings every hour between 10.00 and 15.00 but  check with the boat companies before you arrive at the harbour. 

As a general rule, if you are visiting between May – July then there are sailings on the hour between 9.00 and 12.00 to Staple, while those between 13.00 and 15.00 are to Inner Farne.

All day-trip boats sailing May - July visit both islands but have limited capacity.

Four private companies sail to the Farne Islands from Seahouses on the Northumberland Coast. They all offer a range of different trips to suit all tastes so please have a look at the following websites to help decide how best to experience the islands.

Glad Tidings or St Cuthbert landing on Inner Farne and on Staple Island

Golden Gate - landing on Inner Farne, Staple Island, and Longstone. (please note Golden Gate are the only company licenced to land on Longstone Island and offer access to Longstone lighthouse, former home of Grace Darling).

Serenity - landing on Inner Farne and on Staple Island

There is a charge for the trip, payable to the boat company and varying depending on which type of trip you choose.

The National Trust charges a landing fee per island: you must puchase your landing ticket, or present your membership card at the National Trust trailer at the harbour after picking up your boat ticket.