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Our Cruises & Trips

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Inner Farne Trip

Seahouses, Northumberland

Duration: 150 min

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Price (GPD): £20

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Staple Trip

Seahouses, Northumberland

Duration: 150 min

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Price (GPD): £20

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All Day Bird Watch Trip

Seahouses, Northumberland

Duration: 6 hrs

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Price (GPD): £40

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Holy Island/Lindisfarne

Seahouses, Northumberland

Duration: 4 hrs

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Price (GPD): £30

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Holy Island with Ocean Explorer

Seahouses, Northumberland

Duration: 4 hrs

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Price (GPD): £40

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Grey Seal Cruise Trip

Seahouses, Northumberland

Duration: 90 min

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Price (GPD): £15

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Duration: 4 hrs

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Price (GPD): £65

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Dive Charters

Seahouses, Northumberland

Duration: All day pp

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Price (GPD): £45

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Sunset Cruise

Seahouses, Northumberland

Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)

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Price (GPD): £15.00

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Private Hire

Seahouses, Northumberland

Duration: On request.

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Price (GPD): Price on request - this varies according to date, length of hire and number of passengers.

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About Us

The 'Shiel' family (Billy Shiel's father) started taking boat trips to the Farne Islands in 1918 - just after the First World War.

The name 'Shiel' has long associations with the Sea on this rugged Northumberland coastline.

Pictured on the right is the late Billy Shiel MBE whose grandfather founded Farne Island Boat Trips in 1918 shortly after the 1st World War. We currently have 11 boats, 8 Glad Tidings, 2 St Cuthberts and our high speed Rhib Ocean Explorer.

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The other women blog

Billy Shiel's Farne Island Boat trips is run by William Shiel, son of Billy. A true family business since 1918. William currently has 11 other women (the boats!). This is his wife's point of view of their daily life which revolves around these other women and the Farne Islands.

Our journey since 1918

It was only in the late 1930’s that the business as we see it today really got going. Billy Shiel joined his father at the age of 14 years and now Billy Shiel’s Farne Island Boat Trips have been operating out of Seahouses for over 60 years. Today, truly a family tradition, the business is led by Billy Shiel Junior, otherwise known as just William. The business which started with a simple open Northumbrian coble has now grown to 11 boat, 8 Glad Tidings, 2 St Cuthbert boats and our high speed Rhib Ocean Explorer.

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