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Farne Islands

National Nature Reserve home to an internationally important breeding colony of thousands of seabirds and grey seals.

Near Seahouses, Northumberland, For Sat Nav use NE68 7RQ

Visitors watching grey seals from the boat on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

Important notice

There are no visitor landings (including arrival via kayak) on Inner Farne or Staple Island due to Avian 'Flu. Sailing tours around the islands continue to be offered by local boat operators, see below for details.

Planning your visit

Group of grey seals on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

Seals on the Farne Islands 

Learn about the grey seal colony on the Farnes, as well as other seals that call the Islands home.

Two rangers wearing PPE on the Farne Islands, with seabirds in the background.

Avian 'Flu on the Farne Islands 

2022 and 2023 saw an outbreak of bird flu on the Farne Islands that has killed thousands of seabirds. Find out what we are doing to try and mitigate the impact, and how you can help.

Visitors on a boat trip from Seahouses to Inner Farne, Farne Islands, Northumberland

Booking your 'sail around' tour of the Farne Islands 

To sail around the Farne islands, you need to catch a boat from Seahouses harbour. It's recommended that you book your boat trip in advance. Read on to find out how to book and what to expect from your tour.

Visitors exploring the festive interiors in the Entrance Hall at Castle Ward, County Down


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