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A trip to the Farne Islands can be a real adventure and a real treat for nature lovers.

The islands lie just off the Northumberland coast between the fishing village of Seahouses and Bamburgh.

Hands on Nature gives you some top tips for making the most of your visit to this spectacular location.


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Farne Islands - Visitor Guide

Address:The Farnes lie two-five miles off the Northumberland coast, opposite Bamburgh.
Postcode: NE68 7YT
email: Boat trips:
Telephone:01665 720651
01665 721099 (Infoline)
01665 720308 (William Shiel boat trips)
Ordnance Survey:Explorer 316 - map ref:159655
Key attractions: Boat trips and bird watching. Seal spotting. Diving.
Essential kit:Take a hat - watch out for the dive bombing terns! Pack plenty of snacks and drinks as the Farne Islands do not have cafés. Binoculars are a must for bird watchers. Check the weather before planning a trip. Take waterproofs and sensible footwear as the weather can change quite quickly.

Nature watching:Best season: Summer during the breeding season between April/May and June/end July.
Access:Inner Farne - there is a walkway round the island suitable for disabled visitors. Staple Island is a rocky island and is not recommended for disabled visitors.
Getting there:

There are boat trips every day from Seahouses harbour, weather permitting. Organised trips are run by the RSPB in Summer. There are no landings in rough weather.

Parking in Seahouses, opposite the harbour. The nearest train service is Chathill, four miles away (Sundays excluded). The closest bus service runs to Dunstanburgh Castle and Seahouses. Arriva Northumbria 401, 501 Alnwick-Belford.

Opening times:

During the Summer boat trips run daily to Staple Island (morning) and Inner Farne (afternoon). Occasional boat trips in the Autumn - phone for dates and times. In April, August and September the tours of Inner Farne are available at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Between May 1st - July 31st it is possible to make a morning landing on Staple Island with the trips leaving at 10am and 11am.

An all day specialist tour operates in the breeding season at 10am.

Charges:Boat trip charge plus landing fee to islands.
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