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.
Due to the potentially devastating impact of avian flu (bird flu) on seabird colonies, visitor access to Inner Farne and Staple Island is restricted, with no landings for the beginning of the 2023 breeding season. Visitors are still able to experience the magical wildlife of the Farne Islands from the sea by taking a 'sail around' tours, with dolphins and seals spotted regularly and occasionally even Minke Whales.
How to book
Tickets can be purchased in advance 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. 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.
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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.
Learn about the grey seal colony on the Farnes, as well as other seals that call the Islands home.
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.
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.