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Puffin Boat Trips

Discover the Enchanting World of Puffins: A Puffin Boat Trip with Billy Shiel Farne Island Boats

If you’ve ever dreamed of witnessing adorable puffins in their natural habitat, then a puffin boat trip with Billy Shiel Farne Island Boats is an experience you won’t want to miss. Operating during the prime puffin season from April to July, our boat trip offers a captivating journey around the Farne Islands, where you’ll have ample opportunities to observe an array of fascinating birdlife and visit the Grey Seal Colony.

Join us as we embark on an unforgettable adventure

Puffin Spectacle: Witness the Return and Nesting Season

As April arrives, the Farne Islands become a haven for puffins, as these charming birds return from their winter migrations. The puffin boat trip operates during this time, allowing you to witness their arrival and settle down for nesting by mid-April. The nesting season continues until the end of July when the puffins begin to leave the islands. This limited window offers a unique chance to witness these delightful creatures in their natural habitat.

Plan Ahead: Online Booking Recommended

To secure your spot on this highly sought-after trip, we recommend booking online in advance. This ensures that you won’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to see puffins up close and personal.

A Wildlife Extravaganza: Birdlife Galore

During the two-hour boat trip, you’ll be treated to breath-taking views of a wide variety of bird species that call the Farne Islands home during the breeding season. Highlights include puffins, guillemots, shags, cormorants, kittiwakes, Arctic terns, razorbill auks, and eider ducks. Marvel at their unique behaviours, striking plumage, and the lively atmosphere of these vibrant bird colonies.

Encounter the Grey Seal Colony: Nature’s Grace

As part of this adventure, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Grey Seal Colony. With an estimated 3 to 4 thousand grey seals residing on the Farne Islands, you’ll witness a magnificent sight as they bask on the rocks, especially during low tide when more of the islands are exposed. Witness the thriving seal population and, if you visit during autumn and winter, you might even witness adorable seal pups.

A Journey Through History: Grace Darling’s Heroic Rescue

While aboard, your skilled skipper will take you on a journey back in time, retracing the route of Grace Darling and her father during their heroic rescue in 1838. Learn about the bravery and resilience of this remarkable woman and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Farne Islands.

Expert Guidance and Commentary

Throughout the journey, your knowledgeable skipper and crew will provide a full commentary, sharing fascinating insights about the wildlife, history and natural wonders that surround you. Feel free to ask any questions and deepen your understanding of this extraordinary ecosystem.

To book your place on this, or any other boat tour we offer, follow the steps on our website and book today to avoid disappointment!

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