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

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 (2019)

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.

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

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 (2019)

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.

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

This tour is particularly suitable for the enthusiastic ornithologist and photographer or anyone who simply wishes to spend more time observing the wealth of nesting species. The trip departs daily from Seahouses harbour at 9.30 am and only runs during the breeding season (May, June and July). It lasts approximately 5.5 hours and allows 2 hours on Staple Island in the morning and 2 hours on Inner Farne in the afternoon. It is recommended you take a packed lunch as there are no facilities on the Islands.  This tour also includes a cruise around all the Islands to view nesting seabirds on the cliff faces and the Grey Seal colony at several vantage points.

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 (2019)

Adult: £34.80 Child: £17.40 Family £87.00
(Free landing to under 5’s & N.T. members)

Inner Farne and Staple Island are major sanctuaries in the UK for about 22 species of breeding seabirds, including Guillemots, Razorbills, Eider Ducks, 4 species of Terns and a staggering 70,000 Puffins.

There are no facilities on Staple Island.  Inner Farne has public toilets and a small information centre.

Staple Island is a rocky island, unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues. It can also be tricky island to land at as it is exposed to the elements.  If we are unable to land at Staple the trip will sail later and make an afternoon landing on Inner Farne for two hours- –  the maximum time permitted by the National Trust.

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

This excellent unforgettable trip will be on one of our Glad Tidings/St Cuthbert boats and lasts 4 hours including the 2 hours spent on the island. Commentary is given en route.

Leaving Seahouses, we sail around Inner Farne viewing many nesting sea birds and visit the Grey Seal colony at Megstone before sailing up the coast to Holy Island. 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 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).

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

Child prices are for age 5-15.  No concessions.

A high speed trip to Holy Island/Lindisfarne onboard our Rhib Ocean Explorer.  This boat carries 12 persons and 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.

Leaving Seahouses, we sail around Inner Farne viewing many nesting sea birds then visit the Grey Seal colony at Megstone before sailing up the coast to Holy Island. The journey to and from Holy Island provides a good opportunity to see porpoise and dolphins. Two hours are spent ashore, allowing time to explore this historic, magical 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).

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

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

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

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.

Child prices are for age 5-15.   No infants on this trip.  No concessions.

This is a 4 hour non-landing trip on board our high speed Rhib, Ocean Explorer.  We sail to fishing/feeding grounds beyond the Farne Islands to search for sightings of offshore birds and larger mammals.

Steaming much further out to sea, we never know quite what visual treats we’ll find – the unknown is all part of the excitement!

Previous highlights have included sightings of Arctic, Pomarine and Long-tailed Skuas, Sooty Shearwaters, White-beaked Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, Minkie Whales and even rare sightings of a Humpback Whale and a Killer Whale.

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

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.

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

A relaxing end to the day as we cruise around the Farne islands to view the bird life and seals.  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.

Private boat hire available by prior arrangement – prices vary according to dates, number of passengers and duration of hire.

Billy Shiel's Boat Trips