Grey Seal Cruises, Puffin Seabird trips, Staple Island trips, Inner Farne trips, Ocean Explorer Rhib rides and Sunset trips sailing every day, weather permitting. Holy Island trips as per our online schedule. Online booking recommended or ring us on 01665 720308.

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Our Cruises & Trips

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1.5 hour Grey Seal Cruise with Seabirds

Seahouses, Northumberland

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: 90 min

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Price (GPD): £20

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Inner Farne Landing Trip

Seahouses, Northumberland

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: 150 - 180 min

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Price (GPD): £30

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2 hour Puffin Seabird Cruise with Seals

Seahouses, Northumberland

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: 120 mins

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Price (GPD): £25

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Holy Island/Lindisfarne

Seahouses, Northumberland

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: 4.5 hrs

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Price (GPD): £45

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Staple Landing Trip

Seahouses, Northumberland

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: 150 - 180 min

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Price (GPD): £30

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Sunset Cruise

Seahouses, Northumberland

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)

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Price (GPD): £25.00

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Ocean Explorer RHIB ride

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: 60 Minutes (approx.)

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Price (GPD): £25 per adult £20 per child (no under 5's or dogs)

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Private Charter Ocean Explorer RHIB ride

Seahouses, Northumberland

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: 60 Minutes (approx.)

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Price (GPD): £250.00

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GIFT CARD (by email)

All trips depart from Seahouses harbour.

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: As per chosen trip

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Price (GPD): Can be purchased from £10 and multiples of £10.

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Dive Charters

Seahouses, Northumberland

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: 2 dives pp

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Price (GPD): £60

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Private Hire

Seahouses, Northumberland

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: On request.

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

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Birdwatch Cruise

Seahouses, Northumberland

We are currently working together with the National Trust to agree our landing schedule for 2022. As soon as this is finalised, we will add this schedule. Apologies for the delay

Duration: 180 - 210 mins

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Price (GPD): £40

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All Day Bird Watch Trip

Seahouses, Northumberland

Sorry, due to landings being limited to one hour by the National Trust - we are unable to operate this trip in 2022.

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Duration: 6 hrs

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Price (GPD): £40

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Pelagic Trips onboard Ocean Explorer

Seahouses, Northumberland

Not currently operating.

Duration: 4 hrs

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Price (GPD): £65

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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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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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Glad Tidings VIII received support from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), Rural Economy Grant (REG) North East Small Business Growth Fund through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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Billy Shiel's Boat Trips