Opening times for 5 December 2023
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Limited toilet facilities on Inner Farne. No toilets on Staple Island.
Inner Farne has a boardwalk around the island. Due to the very sensitive nature of the colony, no dogs (including assistance dogs) are allowed on the Islands. Toilets on Inner Farne, no toilets on Staple Island.
Level access to shop
Boardwalk on Inner Farne. Staple Island terrain is uneven and challenging. Steep steps from the landing jetty onto the island.
Boardwalk on Inner Farne
Parking: in Seahouses opposite harbour (pay and display), not National Trust. Northumberland County Council discs are not valid, but keep your tickets for use at other coast car parks on the same day.
Chathill, 4 miles (not Sundays, limited service). Alnmouth (Alnwick) and Berwick offer more regular service but a bus/taxi would then have to be taken to Seahouses.
X18 - Newcastle to Berwick calling at Alnmouth railway station - or 418 Alnwick to Berwick calling at Berwick railway station.
NCN1, ¾ mile from Seahouses harbour
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.
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.
These rocky islands off the Northumberland Coast are home to Atlantic grey seals and many species of seabird, including around 43,000 pairs of puffins, terns, guillemots and eider ducks.
'Sail around' tours
Hop on a boat at Seahouses and sail around the Farne Islands to get a close look at the thousands of birds and seals that come here to breed each year.
Pop into the shop in Seahouses before or after your boat trip round the Farne Islands for puffin souvenirs, postcards, homewares, gardening tools, books and more.
Find out what you might see when you take a boat trip around the Farne Islands, from wildlife such as puffins and grey seals, to centuries-old buildings including St Cuthbert's Chapel.
Stop by the National Trust shop in Seahouses before or after your boat trip to the Farne Islands for puffin souvenirs, postcards, homeware, gardening tools, books and more.
A former lookout, this simple but snug cottage is next to a HM Coastguard radio room.
A former fisherman’s cottage next to a cosy pub with sea views and a bright, contemporary living space.
Close to the sands of Embleton Bay, this coastal cottage is a great spot for wildlife watching.
A Grade II listed cottage on Holy Island, designed by Lutyens, reached by crossing a tidal causeway.
The Farne Islands are possibly the most exciting seabird colony in England with unrivalled views of 23 species, including around 43,000 pairs of puffin.
It's also one of the most important grey seal pupping sites in England, with more than 2,000 pups born every autumn.
Inner Farne is home to dive-bombing terns, a medieval chapel and Victorian lighthouse.
Historically, the islands also have strong links with Celtic Christianity and St Cuthbert, who lived here in the 7th century.
You can't currently land on Inner Farne or Staple Island due to avian flu but you can book a 'sail around' tour around the islands with local boat operators to see the wildlife on the islands from the boat.
A short journey to a different world!
Find out more about how we care for Farne Islands in Northumberland, from repairing the boardwalks to tagging seals and ringing birds to track their movements.
Our new nature series, The Wild Life, is full of inspirational stories about protecting wildlife and harnessing the power of nature in a changing climate. Join our presenters as they explore five places in our care to find out how the climate crisis is affecting oceans, rivers, woodlands and grasslands.
We're urging everyone to help us stop the destruction of nature in the UK with the launch of Save Our Wild Isles, a joint campaign with charities RSPB and WWF. Discover a new documentary about the changes needed to save nature and find out what you can do to help.
Many people have called the Farne Islands home over the centuries, from hermits and monks to soldiers, lighthouse keepers and even shipwrecked sailors.
Discover how the Farne Islands have proved to be the ideal location for many structures over the centuries, from a monastery and chapels to a pele tower and several lighthouses.