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.
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.
The puffins have now left Inner Farne, returning to a life at sea. They will spend the winter in the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, and pairs will return to the islands to breed in the spring. If you're lucky you may spot some groups of puffins "rafting" on the water from the boat.
There is still lots to experience on a trip to Inner Farne. 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 again, do take care
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
St Cuthberts Chapel and the visitor centre have now reopened to visitors.
The toilets are all closed. 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.
For accessibility information please see our property access statement further down the page, and check the webpages of the individual boat operators.