Covid-19. Staple Island and Inner Farne remain closed to the public. During this period we are operating Grey Seal Cruises, Holy Island trips and Private Charters. All trips have reduced numbers to maintain social distancing and face masks/coverings are mandatory for over 11's. Online booking recommended.

Please Note: No trips Saturday and Sunday due to gale force winds.
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Our Cruises & Trips

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Grey Seal Cruise Trip

Seahouses, Northumberland

Due to National Trust Island closures, this trip is currently not available

Duration: 90 min

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Price (GPD): £15

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Sunset Cruise

Seahouses, Northumberland

Due to National Trust Island closures, this trip is currently not available

Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)

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Price (GPD): £20.00

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Holy Island/Lindisfarne

Seahouses, Northumberland

Due to National Trust Island closures, this trip is currently not available

Duration: 4 hrs

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Price (GPD): £40

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Private Hire

Seahouses, Northumberland

Due to National Trust Island closures, this trip is currently not available

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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Private Charter Ocean Explorer Scenic Fast Blast

Seahouses, Northumberland

Due to National Trust Island closures, this trip is currently not available

Duration: 60 Minutes (approx.)

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Price (GPD): £200.00

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Dive Charters

Seahouses, Northumberland

Due to National Trust Island closures, this trip is currently not available

Duration: All day pp

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Price (GPD): £50

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Inner Farne Trip

Seahouses, Northumberland

Due to National Trust Island closures, this trip is currently not available

Duration: 150 min

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Price (GPD): £20

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Staple Trip

Seahouses, Northumberland

Due to National Trust Island closures, this trip is currently not available

Duration: 150 min

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Price (GPD): £20

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All Day Bird Watch Trip

Seahouses, Northumberland

Due to National Trust Island closures, this trip is currently not available

Duration: 6 hrs

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Price (GPD): £40

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Holy Island with Ocean Explorer

Seahouses, Northumberland

Not running due to Covid-19 social distancing

Duration: 4 hrs

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Price (GPD): £40

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Pelagic Trips onboard Ocean Explorer

Seahouses, Northumberland

Due to National Trust Island closures, this trip is currently not available

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