Visiting the Farne Islands: 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. Parking can fill up very quickly, so do allow yourself plenty of time to park before your booking.
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).
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.
Landings will be for 1 hour only; There will be no all-day landings in 2022.
The puffins begin to arrive back to the islands in late March / early April, with sightings guaranteed in very good numbers between May and July. The breeding season is short, and they all leave the islands for a life back out at sea usually by the first week in August.
There is lots to experience on a trip to Inner Farne. As well as the presence of thousands of breeding seabirds during the breeding season, dolphins have been spotted regularly from the boat, and you will see grey seals hauled out on the rocks or popping curious heads up out of the water.
On the island, enjoy the wonderful views back towards the mainland, explore inside the beautiful St Cuthberts Chapel and learn more about the history of this special place.
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 do take care
Facilities that are open / closed
The visitor centre are open.
Toilets open on Inner Farne. There are no toilets on Staple Island. The nearest toilet facilities can be found in the centre of Seahouses, next to the main visitor car park.
The National Trust shop in Seahouses is open.
St Cuthberts Chapel is open
For accessibility information please see our property access statement further down the page, and check the webpages of the individual boat operators.