Sail around the Farne Islands during coronavirus

While landing on the islands is still not possible, a number of the private boat companies that operate from Seahouses are open and offer 'sail-around' trips. This page is to give you a few details to help you know what to expect when visiting.

You must only visit if you can do so safely. Do consider the community and if you are unwell please postpone your visit until it is safe for you to come.

How can I sail to see the islands?

There are private boat companies operating from Seahouses who will take you out to explore the islands from the sea. The numbers of visitors are limited to ensure social distancing can take place, as such you must be booked in advance; you will also need to wear a face covering for the duration of your sailing.

Billy Shiels boat trips:

Serenity boat trips:

Golden Gate are not currently opening but see their website for further details:

What will I be able to see?

Many of the species that call the Farnes home can easily be seen from sea. Grey seals and can be seen from boats and shags can be seen on the islands. You might spot our first fuzzy seal pup from September onwards, but October is the peak month to see them with their white fur.

As the nights draw in later in the month the chapel, lighthouse and landscapes all look spectacular in the morning and evening – you could get some fantastic photos at this time of year if the weather is right. It’s a great time of year to look for the last few autumn migrants.