Land, sea, sky

The Farne Islands are a rocky outcrop of islands, lying two or three miles off the Northumberland Coast, which are home to many types of seabird including puffins, and Atlantic grey seals. Visitors can sail round the Islands or - from April to October - land on one or two of the Islands.

The Farne Islands consist of 28 islands - many of which are submerged at high tide. The islands are divided into two groups, the Inner Farnes and the Outer Farnes. The main Inner islands are Inner Farne, Knoxes Reef and East and West Wideopen (which are all joined together at low tide) and Megstone; the main Outer islands are Staple, Brownsman, North and South Wamses, Big Harcar and Longstone. The National Trust looks after the Islands, and visitors can land on Inner Farne and Staple at certain times of year.

A great day out

The Farne Islands can only be reached by boat – and the trip is an experience in itself. The boat trips run all year (weather permitting) from Seahouses, Northumberland, and some land on Inner Farne and Staple, when they are open to the public. 

For more information, see our Overview, Opening times, Prices, How to get there, and Facilities and access sections on our home page.

Staple Island

Open from 1 May to 31 July, Staple is home to puffins, shags, guillemots and many Atlantic grey seals.

Inner Farne

Open from 30 March to 3 November, Inner Farne is home to puffins, shags, guillemots, Arctic terns and many other birds. There are also some buidlings with fascinating histories on Inner Farne (see our History page) plus a visitor information centre and a small shop. The National Trust rangers live on Inner Farne for nine months of the year and welcome the visitors arriving by boat. You can see them at work and talk to them about their life living on the Farnes and ask them questions about the wildlife.