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Booking your boat trip to the Farne Islands

Visitors on a boat trip from Seahouses to Inner Farne, Farne Islands, Northumberland
What will you spot on your boat trip? | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

To land on Inner Farne or Longstone, or 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.

How to book

Tickets for your sail around or landing trip can be purchased in advance, or on the day, from one of the boat companies below:

When you arrive

On arrival in Seahouses, please park in one of the council operated pay and display car parks.

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. Once there, please also pop into the National Trust trailer to purchase your landing ticket or show your National Trust membership card.

What to wear

It can feel much colder just offshore than on the mainland, so do pack lots of layers and the essential waterproofs. We recommend that visitors wear sturdy footwear ( wellies or hiking boots are ideal).

Arctic terns do divebomb as a tactic to protect their nests and chicks, so a soft, wide - brimmed, wipeable hat is also highly recommended to protect heads from any tern pecks. Please don't wear hard hats, such as cycle helmets, as these can damage the birds' beaks.

What to bring

You never know what wildlife you may spot while you're here, so be sure to bring your binoculars with you! And if you are lucky enough to sail on a sunny day - remember your suncream.


There are some toilet facilities available on Inner Farne. Some of the boats also have a toilet ( check with individual operators) and there are council owned toilets next to the main visitor car park in Seahouses.


Due to the very sensitive nature of the colony, dogs, including assistance dogs, are not allowed onto the islands.

Some boat operators allow dogs to remain on the boat whilst their humans visit Inner Farne. Please note that owners aren't allowed to remain on the boat with their dogs, and all visitors on a landing trip are required to obtain a wrist band from the National Trust trailer on Seahouses Harbour. Please contact the indivdual boat operators for more information about their dog policy.

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