The Farne Islands is one of the best places to see migratory sea birds such as puffins, terns, guillemots, kittiwakes, shags and razorbills (to name but a few). There are also groups of Atlantic and grey seals all year round.
There are two main bird islands to visit - Staple Island and Inner Farne. In the breeding season visits are typically organised to one of the islands in the morning and one in the afternoon. Staple Island is better known for puffins and Inner Farne for terns.
Catch one of the many boats that take visitors out to the islands from the port in Seahouses. During peak times and weekends it's best to book a seat. Operators include: Billy Shiels, Golden Gate, St Cuthbert Farne Island boat trips and Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours.
If it's during the breeding season (May to August), be sure to take a cap or hat as the dive-bombing terns to not take kindly to strangers around their chicks!
The Islands are run by the National Trust so check out their website for more details. Entry fees apply for landing on the islands if you are not a member.
More information about the Farne Islands and getting there is also available on the Your Northumberland Guide website.
In case you are wondering what it is like for young children - we managed OK with a two year old and a four year old. Fortunately the sea was very calm and it wasn't too cold and wet. They loved it. There are a range of boat trips and not all of them involve landing on the islands if you'd prefer a shorter visit.
PS. Don't forget some snacks, drinks, your binoculars and camera.... and remember that some of the islands and boats do not have toilets!
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