Inner Farne Landing Trip
PLEASE NOTE – Landings on Staple and Inner Farne are subject to Avian Flu with the National Trust monitoring the situation in April while the islands are closed. Customers will be notified in advance if the islands are closed during their planned visit and alternatives offered.
The boat fare does not include the National Trust Landing fee. This fee is payable at the National Trust kiosk on the harbour (beside our booking office) before departure. All landings are made at the Skippers discretion and are not guaranteed. If we are unable to land you at this island, the trip will become a 2.5 hour non-landing bird watching trip to view the cliff nesting birds and the seals.
Child prices are for age 5-15. Under 5’s are classed as infants. No concessions.
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 – 3 hours hours including one hour spent on Inner Farne. Please allow 3 hours in your schedule. 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 LANDING FEES 2023 (not included in the boat fare)
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
May, June, July (peak breeding season)
Adult: £13 Child: £6.50 Family: £32.50 Family group with 1 adult & 3 children: £19.50
March, April, August, September (off peak – not breeding season)
Adult: £8.50 Child: £4.25 Family: £21.25 Family group with 1 adult & 3 children: £12.75
(Free landing to under 5’s & N.T. members)
At 16 acres, Inner Farne is the largest of the Farne Islands and in the Summer months from May till the end of July it is home for 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 1500 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.
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.
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