Farne Islands – North Northumberland

Birdwatching Sites Farne Islands – North Northumberland

The Farne Islands are a group of over twenty islands off the Nothumberland Coast, close to Bamburgh and Seahouses. They are home to over 100,000 nesting seabirds including one of the UK’s favourite birds, the Puffin. They are also home to the largest breeding population of Atlantic Grey Seals in the British Isles.  A good selection of spring and autumn migrants regularly visit the islands.

A selection of cruises are available which leave from Seahouses, where visitors can view the islands and enjoy impressive panoramic views of the Northumberland Coast. One of the most popular trips includes a tour of the islands followed by an hour on Inner Farne or Staple Island. Access to Inner Farne/Staple Island is free for National Trust members; a small fee is charged for non-members.

A Puffin


National Trust Rangers carry out monitoring and maintenance work during the summer months and help shepherd the thousands of visitors that are attracted to the islands every year.

You can view updates from the National Trust Rangers team on Twitter @NTFarneIslands




Map Reference

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  • Coastal


Boat trips leave from Seahouses. Visitors can land on Inner Farne for a fee paid to the National Trust. Visitors can also land on Staple Island and for a fee visit Longstone Lighthouse.


There are toilets on Inner Farne and in Seahouses town centre. There are a variety of shops and cafes in Seahouses.


There is paid parking available in Seahouses town centre.

Additional Information

For more information please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands

You can view updates from the National Trust Rangers team on Twitter @NTFarneIslands