The Famous Farne Islands

Posted 11 Dec 15, written by Amanda Lambert

Northumberland is packed with characterful coastal villages - and if you’re venturing to the ever-popular Seahouses, a trip to the Farne Islands should be at the top of your itinerary. Loved by locals and tourists alike, the Farne Islands are a cluster of small islands just off the Northumberland Coast, offering the ideal day out for those looking to explore.

Set against a breath-taking backdrop, the blackened rocks of the Farne Islands are visible from several areas throughout the region and can only be reached by water. You can board a boat from Seahouses and wash up on the shore of the Farne Islands, where there are an abundance of things to see and do - and the local wildlife is always happy to entertain.

Whether you’re searching for the ultimate family day out or a romantic weekend for two, there are sights, sounds and smells galore - guaranteeing an unforgettable experience every time.

Walk on the wild side

The Farne Islands consist of a number of small islands - some of which are visible only at low tide - and for nature lovers, they make for a picture perfect Northumbrian holiday. The islands are jam-packed with weird and wonderful wildlife, and the imposing rocks are speckled with a different species of bird at every turn. From the instantly recognisable Cormorant, to nesting birds like Guillemots and Razorbills, visiting Staple Island - one of the beautiful Outer Farnes - is the ultimate way for bird watchers to get up close with some new feathered friends.
Home to an array of amazing animals, the islands are famed throughout the region - not least for the Farne Islands’ Puffins. During nesting season, these beautiful birds travel between the islands, resting wherever there’s suitable shelter - and they’re not alone. Offering a safe haven high above the formidable tide, there are thousands of seabirds that call the Farne Islands home.
Farne Islands’ seals also make regular appearances in the region and can be seen bobbing around the coast, playfully peeking out of the water and putting on a performance for their audience. With so many stunning sights, remember to pack your camera before you board a boat set for the Farne Islands to make sure you never miss a shot.

A port in a storm

If you’re a history buff infatuated with yesteryear, a trip to the Farne Islands is a must. Visitors can journey back in time with a visit to the chapel of St Cuthbert, where stunning stained-glass windows are all part of the appeal. Steeped in Christian history, the islands attract visitors from all around the country - setting the scene for some truly remarkable stories.
Over the years, the islands have been home to a number of lighthouses, including the Longstone Lighthouse - famously associated with heroine Grace Darling. Built in 1825, the lighthouse was in use until 1990 and is now open to the public - giving visitors a chance explore the spot from which Grace first saw the stranded sailors in trouble.
While various groups of people have lived on the islands over the years, there’s currently no fixed population. National Trust wardens reside on the Inner Farne island - the closest inshore island - for part of the year, living in basic accommodation to take care of the local wildlife. As an area of authentic natural beauty, whether you’re an inquisitive local or an adventurous tourist, a trip to the famous Farne Islands won’t disappoint.

Boats, birds and cosy beds

If you enjoy spending time by the coast, Farne Islands boat trips make for the ideal day out. The Farne Islands can be reached by boat from Seahouses Harbour - and the village boasts a brilliant range of delicious dining options for you to explore after a day spent out at sea. Warm up in The Olde Ship Inn, where the whole family can indulge in some traditional British pub food - or head over to The Links Restaurant, where you can investigate its extensive menu and enjoy a sizzling steak at a great price.
As darkness descends over Northumberland, you can leave the outdoors behind and head inside for some much-needed rest, relaxation and refuelling! Thanks to our incredible range of Seahouses cottages, finding self catering holiday accommodation to suit you is easy.
You’ll find an idyllic home from home in Cockle Cottage - or if you’re in the mood for a room with a view, The Fisherman’s Rest cottage offers stunning sights of Seahouses’ harbour. With an impressive range of properties and so much to see and do, no visit to Northumberland would be complete without a visit to the phenomenal Farne Islands.


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