Sailing every day, weather permitting, with reduced numbers and masks worn on board. The National Trust have stopped all boat operators landing at Staple or Inner Farne so please check out our new trips, all available for online booking.

COVID -19 During this time we are operating with restricted numbers and social distancing in place.  Face coverings/masks are mandatory.  Do not sail if you or your family are showing any symptoms of Covid 19.   We cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent Covid – 19 infections.

These trips sail all year round, weather permitting.

Child prices are for age 5-15.  Under 5’s travel free. No concessions.  For School/youth group bookings, please contact us direct – school group rate £12pp.

Dogs are permitted on this trip.

This is a great opportunity to spend more time viewing the true residents of the Farnes, our large colony of Grey Seals.

During the breeding season from May to the end of July you also have the opportunity to view the thousands of nesting birds at the Farne Islands which include Puffins, Guillemots, Terns, Kittiwakes, Shags and Cormorants.

Our 1½ hour cruise sails around all of the islands giving good views of the nesting birds on the cliff faces and viewing the Grey Seals at several vantage points along with an informative commentary throughout.

There are an estimated 3 to 4 thousand Grey Seals at the Farne Islands and large numbers can be counted basking on the rocks, especially at low water when more of the Islands are exposed. With over a thousand Seal pups born each Autumn our colony is growing strong. This trip gives excellent value for money and is suitable for all ages and available all year round.

Booking Conditions

The duration of our trips is approximate only and depends on a number of factors including weather and sea conditions. We reserve the right to cancel any of our trips if we deem the weather and/or sea conditions unsuitable for sailing. If trips are cancelled for any reason, you will be offered a different date/trip or receive a full refund. You may change/cancel bookings no later than 24 hours in advance for a full refund. Refunds are processed through our booking system to the card from which you made payment.

If you do not receive a confirmation for your trip please check your spam/junk and telephone us on 01665 720308/720316.

Please check in and collect your tickets from Billy Shiel’s Booking office at Seahouses Harbour NE68 7RN no later than 30 minutes before sailing. You will then be given instructions as to when, where and which boat to board. Please follow instructions to ensure you board the correct vessel as multiple companies and vessels use the same boarding point.

Please act responsibly on our vessels and follow our safety procedures. Children must not be allowed to climb on the sides of the boat and must be under parental/guardian supervision at all times.

Any belongings brought onto our trips are the responsibility of the owner and we can not be held accountable for breakages or lost/stolen items.

Safe access is provided for the embarkation and disembarkation on our trips but we can not be held accountable for any actions where due caution and restraint has not been undertaken.

COVID -19 During this time we are operating with restricted numbers and social distancing in place. Face coverings/masks are mandatory. Do not sail if you or your family are showing any symptoms of Covid 19. We cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent Covid – 19 infections.

Child prices are for age 5-15. Under 5’s travel free. No concessions.

Dogs are permitted on this trip.

This Sea Bird Cruise lasts approximately 2 hours.

As landings are no longer permitted by the National Trust, we spend 2 hours sailing around the Farne Islands without a landing.

This tour offers ample opportunities to view the prolific bird life which nests on these magnificent islands during the breeding season from May till the end of July.

Highlights include views of Puffins, Guillemots, Shags, Cormorants, Kittiwakes, Arctic Terns, Razorbills and Eider Ducks.

The cruise also visits the Grey Seal Colony. There are an estimated 3 to 4 thousand Grey Seals at the Farne Islands and large numbers can be counted basking on the rocks, especially at low water when more of the Islands are exposed. With over a thousand Seal pups born each Autumn/Winter our colony is growing strong.

During the journey, your Skipper will also take you back in time to follow the route Grace Darling and her father took during their heroic rescue in 1838.

A full commentary is given en route and our knowledgeable Skipper and Crew are available to answer any questions.

Booking Conditions

The duration of our trips is approximate only and depends on a number of factors including weather and sea conditions. We reserve the right to cancel any of our trips if we deem the weather and/or sea conditions unsuitable for sailing. If trips are cancelled for any reason, you will be offered a different date/trip or receive a full refund. You may change/cancel bookings no later than 24 hours in advance for a full refund. Refunds are processed through our booking system to the card from which you made payment.

If you do not receive a confirmation for your trip please check your spam/junk and telephone us on 01665 720308/720316.

Please check in and collect your tickets from Billy Shiel’s Booking office at Seahouses Harbour NE68 7RN no later than 30 minutes before sailing. You will then be given instructions as to when, where and which boat to board. Please follow instructions to ensure you board the correct vessel as multiple companies and vessels use the same boarding point.

Please act responsibly on our vessels and follow our safety procedures. Children must not be allowed to climb on the sides of the boat and must be under parental/guardian supervision at all times.

Any belongings brought onto our trips are the responsibility of the owner and we can not be held accountable for breakages or lost/stolen items.

Safe access is provided for the embarkation and disembarkation on our trips but we can not be held accountable for any actions where due caution and restraint has not been undertaken.

 

COVID -19 During this time we are operating with restricted numbers and social distancing in place. Face coverings/masks are mandatory. Do not sail if you or your family are showing any symptoms of Covid 19. We cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent Covid – 19 infections.

Child prices are for age 5-15. Under 5’s travel free. No concessions.

Due to the time spent on board, dogs are not permitted on this trip.

This non-landing Bird Watch Cruise lasts approximately 3-3.5 hours depending on conditions.

As landings are no longer permitted by the National Trust, this non-landing trip allows extra time to view and photograph the abundance of bird life which nests out at the Farne Islands between May and July.

Where possible, the boat will be anchored to allow extra viewing and photographic opportunities.

Highlights include views of Puffins, Guillemots, Shags, Cormorants, Kittiwakes, Arctic Terns, Razorbills and Eider Ducks.

The tour also includes a visit to the Grey Seal colonies and we follow the route Grace Darling and her father took during their heroic rescue in 1838.

A full commentary is given en route and our knowledgeable crew are available to answer any questions.

Booking Conditions

The duration of our trips is approximate only and depends on a number of factors including weather and sea conditions. We reserve the right to cancel any of our trips if we deem the weather and/or sea conditions unsuitable for sailing. If trips are cancelled for any reason, you will be offered a different date/trip or receive a full refund. You may change/cancel bookings no later than 24 hours in advance for a full refund. Refunds are processed through our booking system to the card from which you made payment.

If you do not receive a confirmation for your trip please check your spam/junk and telephone us on 01665 720308/720316.

Please check in and collect your tickets from Billy Shiel’s Booking office at Seahouses Harbour NE68 7RN no later than 30 minutes before sailing. You will then be given instructions as to when, where and which boat to board. Please follow instructions to ensure you board the correct vessel as multiple companies and vessels use the same boarding point.

Please act responsibly on our vessels and follow our safety procedures. Children must not be allowed to climb on the sides of the boat and must be under parental/guardian supervision at all times.

Any belongings brought onto our trips are the responsibility of the owner and we can not be held accountable for breakages or lost/stolen items.

Safe access is provided for the embarkation and disembarkation on our trips but we can not be held accountable for any actions where due caution and restraint has not been undertaken.

COVID -19 During this time we are operating with restricted numbers and social distancing in place.  Face coverings/masks are mandatory.  Do not sail if you or your family are showing any symptoms of Covid 19.   We cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent Covid – 19 infection.

These trips are available mid May – mid September.

Child prices are for age 5-15.  Under 5’s are infants. No concessions. Dogs are welcome on this trip.

A relaxing end to the day as we enjoy a sunset cruise around the Farne islands.  During the breeding season from May to the end of July there are thousands of nesting birds at the Farne Islands which include Puffins, Guillemots, Terns, Kittiwakes, Shags and Cormorants.

There are also an estimated 3 to 4 thousand Grey Seals at the Farne Islands and large numbers can be counted basking on the rocks, especially at low water when more of the Islands are exposed. With over a thousand Seal pups born each Autumn our colony is growing strong.

Following your cruise around the Farne Islands, we continue to sail along our beautiful coastline to enjoy scenic sunset views as the sun sets behind the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, with the occasional visit from our local dolphins.

Booking Conditions

The duration of our trips is approximate only and depends on a number of factors including weather and sea conditions. We reserve the right to cancel any of our trips if we deem the weather and/or sea conditions unsuitable for sailing. If trips are cancelled for any reason, you will be offered a different date/trip or receive a full refund. You may change/cancel bookings no later than 24 hours in advance for a full refund. Refunds are processed through our booking system to the card from which you made payment.

If you do not receive a confirmation for your trip please check your spam/junk and telephone us on 01665 720308/720316.

Please check in and collect your tickets from Billy Shiel’s Booking office at Seahouses Harbour NE68 7RN no later than 30 minutes before sailing. You will then be given instructions as to when, where and which boat to board. Please follow instructions to ensure you board the correct vessel as multiple companies and vessels use the same boarding point.

Please act responsibly on our vessels and follow our safety procedures. Children must not be allowed to climb on the sides of the boat and must be under parental/guardian supervision at all times.

Any belongings brought onto our trips are the responsibility of the owner and we can not be held accountable for breakages or lost/stolen items.

Safe access is provided for the embarkation and disembarkation on our trips but we can not be held accountable for any actions where due caution and restraint has not been undertaken.

COVID -19 During this time we are operating with restricted numbers and social distancing in place.  Face coverings/masks are mandatory.  Do not sail if you or your family are showing any symptoms of Covid 19.   We cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent Covid – 19 infections.

Scheduled trips available May – October. This trip is only available on the scheduled dates and times due to tidal restrictions at Holy Island/Lindisfarne.

Child prices are for age 5-15.  Under 5’s are infants. No concessions. Dogs are permitted on this trip.

This excellent, unforgettable trip will be on one of our Glad Tidings/St Cuthbert boats and lasts approximately 4.5 hours including the 2 hours spent on the island. Commentary is given en route.

Departing from Seahouses, we sail around the Farne Islands to view the many nesting sea birds and Grey Seals before sailing up the coast to Holy Island/Lindisfarne. The journey to and from Holy Island provides a good opportunity to see porpoise and dolphins.

The boat reaches Holy Island at high tide when the island is cut off from the mainland so that the true peace and tranquillity of island life can be experienced. Two hours are spent ashore, allowing time to explore this historic island. Popular places to visit are the Priory Museum (English Heritage), Lindisfarne Castle (National Trust), St Aidan’s Winery (where a free sample of mead can be enjoyed), and the Museum of Island Life and Visitor Centre. Holy Island also has several cafes, pubs and shops. (Opening times of the attractions vary so please check before sailing).

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/lindisfarne-priory/

http://www.lindisfarnecentre.org/

On our return journey we sail home along the beautiful coastline allowing magnificent seaward views of both Lindisfarne and Bamburgh Castles.

Booking Conditions

The duration of our trips is approximate only and depends on a number of factors including weather and sea conditions. We reserve the right to cancel any of our trips if we deem the weather and/or sea conditions unsuitable for sailing. If trips are cancelled for any reason, you will be offered a different date/trip or receive a full refund. You may change/cancel bookings no later than 24 hours in advance for a full refund. Refunds are processed through our booking system to the card from which you made payment.

If you do not receive a confirmation for your trip please check your spam/junk and telephone us on 01665 720308/720316.

Please check in and collect your tickets from Billy Shiel’s Booking office at Seahouses Harbour NE68 7RN no later than 30 minutes before sailing. You will then be given instructions as to when, where and which boat to board. Please follow instructions to ensure you board the correct vessel as multiple companies and vessels use the same boarding point.

Please act responsibly on our vessels and follow our safety procedures. Children must not be allowed to climb on the sides of the boat and must be under parental/guardian supervision at all times.

Any belongings brought onto our trips are the responsibility of the owner and we can not be held accountable for breakages or lost/stolen items.

Safe access is provided for the embarkation and disembarkation on our trips but we can not be held accountable for any actions where due caution and restraint has not been undertaken.

Private boat hire available by prior arrangement – prices vary according to dates, number of passengers and duration of hire. Please contact us directly on 01665 720308 or email us on info@farne-islands.com

This is a private charter suitable for single household/family ‘bubbles”.  An adrenalin fuelled 1 hour trip to the Farne Islands onboard our high speed Rhib, Ocean Explorer, which includes time to view the cliff nesting birds and the Grey Seals. 

During Covid 19, due to social distancing, this trip is only suitable for single household bubbles with a maximum of 8 persons. 

Due to the fast, bumpy nature of the ride, it is not suitable for dogs, under 5’s, during pregnancy, or anyone with heart/back/neck problems.    

COVID -19 During this time we are operating with restricted numbers and social distancing in place. Face coverings/masks are mandatory. Do not sail if you or your family are showing any symptoms of Covid 19. We cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent Covid – 19 infections.

Diving trips operate all year round, weather permitting.

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit the Farne Islands, you will already be aware that in the height of the breeding season, it is home to a deafening plethora of nesting seabirds such as terns, puffins, guillemots, shags, eider ducks and kittiwakes. You may also have seen grey seals lounging on the rocks at low tide, but follow them as they dive underwater and a whole other world opens up to you.

Diving in and around the Farne Islands is a real feast for the senses. Numerous wrecks litter the seabed, and inquisitive grey seals come and say hello. Whether you prefer a shallow dive or are prepared to delve that little bit deeper, there’s something to suit everyone out at the Farnes. The Farnes consist of 15 -20 small islands and rock outcrops lying between 2 – 3 miles off the Northumberland coast. They are split into two main groups separated by a stretch of water known as Staple Sound.

The islands are comprised primarily of a rock called whinstone, which is very prone to vertical weathering and faulting. This has produced a strange topography of steps and sheer faces above water that gives just a hint of the delights below. Most of the diving takes place at the outer Farnes.

 

FACTS-FILE

Boats We have a fleet of 11 boats that operate out of Seahouses harbour, two of which are used for diving purposes with dive-lifts fitted for easy access from the water. Air fills are available from our own air-station, we offer a cylinder pickup and return service from the harbour leaving you free to enjoy the rest of your day.

Safety All of our boats are certified under the MCA (Marine Coastguard Agency) and are fully equipped with safety equipment.

Location Seahouses is 6 miles from the A1, about 50 miles north of Newcastle and 20 miles south of Berwick upon Tweed.

Parking There are parking spaces on Seahouses harbour, which provide easy access for loading gear to and from the dive boats.

Non-Divers Non divers may wish to take a trip on one of our other boats for a cruise round the islands or to visit one of the bird sanctuaries. We are also lucky enough to have several stunning beaches in the area and you can also visit Bamburgh Castle, which is situated 3 miles from Seahouses.

 

Contact William direct to discuss and book dive charters. William Shiel 07799666573.

NOT AVAILBLE

The National Trust are not permitting  boat companies to land on Inner Farne or Staple.

Child prices are for age 5-15. Under 5’s are infants. No concessions.  For School/youth group bookings, please contact us direct – school group rate £11pp.

Dogs are permitted on the boat but not on Inner Farne.  Well behaved dogs may remain on the boat with the crew while you spend the hour ashore.

This trip lasts approximately 2½ hours including one hour spent on Inner Farne. The tour includes a cruise around all the Farne Islands, viewing the sea birds on the cliff faces, visiting the Grey Seal colonies and also follows the route Grace Darling and her father took during their heroic rescue in 1838. A full commentary is given en route and the boat stops at Inner Farne for one hour.

National Trust members land free of charge on the Island and for non-members there is a charge payable to the National Trust Kiosk at the harbour before departure (not included in the boat fare)

NATIONAL TRUST LANDING FEES (2020)

30th March to 30th April & 1st August to 3rd November
Adult: £7.70 Child: £ 3.90 Family: £19.30
May, June & July
Adult: £11.60 Child: £5.80 Family £29.00
(Free landing to under 5’s & N.T. members)

There is a walkway round the island suitable for disabled visitors and the National Trust have an Information Centre and public toilets on the island.

At 16 acres, Inner Farne is the largest of the Farne Islands and in the Summer months it becomes home to many thousands of nesting seabirds. These birds include Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Sandwich Terns, Common Terns, Roseate Terns, Arctic Terns, Shags, Cormorants and Eider Ducks.

In the year 678 Inner Farne was also home to St Cuthbert. After 12 years as Prior of Lindisfarne, St.Cuthbert retired to Inner Farne until he became Bishop of Lindisfarne in 684. He returned to Inner Farne when his health deteriorated and died there on 20th March 687. A church was built on the island in 1370 dedicated to St Cuthbert and is open to the public today.

Apart from the Inner Farne Lighthouse, all the buildings on the island date from the monastic period. The “Fishehouse” situated beside the landing jetty is all that remains of the Guest House which was built by St Cuthbert for his visitors. In 1540 a Prior named Castell built the “Pele Tower” to house the monks who lived on the island. The Tower is now home to the National Trust Rangers who live there for 9 months of the year to look after the Island and its’ wildlife.

NOT AVAILABLE

The National Trust are not permitting  boat companies to land on Staple or Inner Farne.

Trips available May – July.

Child prices are for age 5-15.  Under 5’s are infants. No concessions. For School/youth group bookings, please contact us direct – school group rate £11pp.

Dogs are permitted on the boat but not on Staple Island.  Well behaved dogs may remain on the boat with the crew while you spend the hour ashore.

During the breeding season (May 1st until July 31st) it is possible to make a morning landing on Staple Island. The trip lasts approximately 2½  hours including an hour on Staple Island. We also sail round the other Islands including Longstone, Inner Farne and and visit the Grey Seal colonies at several vantage points with full commentary en route. National Trust members land free of charge on Staple Island, non-members pay a landing fee payable at the National Trust Kiosk on the harbour before departure – this payment is not included in the boat fare.

NATIONAL TRUST LANDING FEES (2020)

May, June & July Adult: £11.60 Child: £5.80 Family £29.00
(Free landing to under 5’s & N.T. members)

This island is noted for its vast seabird colonies, especially those of the Auk family such as Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins. Puffins are the most numerous birds that nest on the Farnes with over 10,000 pairs nesting on Staple Island alone! A footpath over the top of the Island takes you straight through the nesting Puffins.

“The Pinnacles” are isolated rock stacks situated off Staple Island, and the cliff faces offer the perfect opportunity to see these birds in their natural habitat. Staple Island is an ornithologist’s and photographer’s dream and for anybody who wants to get close to these birds it’s an experience they’ll definitely take home with them.

Staple Island is a rocky island and as such is not recommended for disabled visitors or for those with walking difficulties. It is also an island which is very exposed to the elements which means landing can occasionally be difficult.  Landings are always made at the skippers discretion.

Billy Shiel's Boat Trips