Sailings available every day, weather permitting. Book online or ring us on 01665 720308.

Seal Tours

Welcome to Billy Shiel Farne Island, where you can embark on an unforgettable seal tour and experience the true residents of the Farnes – our magnificent colony of Grey Seals

Throughout the year, weather permitting, we offer trips that allow you to immerse yourself in the beauty of these fascinating creatures. Each season brings new and exciting experiences, making every visit a unique adventure.

From May until the end of July, you will be treated to the sight of thousands of birds that nest on the Farne Islands. Among them, the charming and beloved Puffins hold a special place in our hearts. Witness their lively presence and marvel at their colourful beaks as they go about their daily activities.

During the winter months, from late October until January, our seal pupping season is in full swing. This is an exceptional time to visit as you’ll have the opportunity to witness adorable baby seals. The sight of these precious pups is truly awe-inspiring and will leave you with lasting memories.

We welcome visitors of all ages to join our seal tours. Child prices apply to those between the ages of 5 and 15, while children under 5 are classified as infants. We regret that we do not offer any concessions at this time. If you are planning a school or youth group booking, we recommend contacting us directly to discuss the arrangements. To ensure a smooth experience, we highly recommend making an online booking in advance.

One of the unique aspects of our tours is that dogs are welcome to join you on the trip. Bring your furry companion along and enjoy the adventure together

Our 1½-hour cruise takes you around all of the islands, providing stunning views of the nesting birds on the cliff faces. As you sail, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the Grey Seals from several vantage points. With an informative commentary throughout the journey, you’ll learn fascinating facts and stories about the wildlife and history of the area.

The Farne Islands are home to an estimated 3 to 4 thousand Grey Seals, and you’ll be able to witness large numbers of them basking on the rocks. At low tide, more of the Islands are exposed, creating a captivating sight. With over a thousand seal pups born each autumn, our colony is thriving and growing stronger every year. By joining this tour, you’ll not only enjoy excellent value for money but also contribute to the conservation efforts protecting these incredible creatures.

Billy Shiel Farne Island offers a memorable and educational experience suitable for all ages. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a wildlife lover, or simply seeking an adventure, our seal tours are available year-round, allowing you to witness the wonders of the Farne Islands in any season.

Come and join us for an extraordinary journey that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature and its magnificent inhabitants.

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