Visiting Inner Farne: What you need to know

To visit the Farne islands, you need to catch a boat from Seahouses harbour. The boat trip over to the islands is a magical experience; you will be able to spot seals and seabirds, and, if you’re really lucky, pods of dolphins and the occasional Minke whale have also been seen from the boat.


On arrival in Seahouses, please park in one of the council operated pay and display car parks. There is currently no parking available on the harbour.
There is a short walk to the harbour, where we recommend purchasing your boat ticket first from one of the boat companies (or confirm your booking with the boat company). Spaces on the boats will be limited for the first few weeks of opening, so it’s important to check that the boats have tickets available first and booking in advance is recommended.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from one of the boat companies below:

Our admissions team will then be on hand to greet you at the National Trust trailer, where you will need to purchase your ticket to land on Inner Farne or show your National Trust membership card. We don’t have facilities to look up memberships, so it is your responsibility to ensure that you have your cards with you please. For safety, the welcome team will be operating predominantly outside of the trailer.  
Landings will be for 1 hour only; there will be no all-day landings in 2021.

Staying safe

When you are disembarking from the boat onto the jetty do take your time and be very careful. The boardwalk around the island can be slippery in wet weather, so again, do take care.

As there are ground nesting birds on the island it’s really important to watch where you step and to stay on the board walk chicks and eggs can also make their way onto the boards, so do take your time and go carefully around the designated route.

To help keep everyone safe, please follow  government guidance when you visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Facilities that are open / closed

The visitor centre and the toilets are all closed. The nearest toilet facilities can be found in the centre of Seahouses, next to the main visitor car park.

St Cuthberts Chapel has now reopened to visitors.

The National Trust shop in Seahouses is open – please follow the social distancing measures in place to help keep everyone safe.


For accessibility information please see our property access statement further down the page, and check the webpages of the individual boat operators.