The Farne Islands
Leave the site take the small walk to the Seahouses fishing village and purchase a ticket for the Farne Islands Boat Trip there is also a landing fee payable to the National Trust. The trip takes a couple of hours plus a one hour stay on the Island, make sure you are waterproof the North Sea gets very choppy near to the Islands allowing the seawater to enter the boat.
The Longstone Island is home to the famous lighthouse and former home to the heroine Grace Darling who rescued nine survivors from the Forfarshire a paddle steamer which had run aground on Big Harcar. This Island as no wild life but is still as an operational lighthouse which was automated in 1990.
Staple Island is a bird sanctuary and nesting home to vast seabird colonies with a wealth of nesting species this island can be also be visited but landings are only available on the all-day tour.
Within the Brownsman and Staple Sound area of the Farne Islands there’s a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals with large numbers basking on the island at low water. Each autumn a thousand seal pups are born and they show no signs of any depletion.
Inner Farne is manned by several National Trust Rangers living there for nine months of the year attending to the wildlife helping the young to survive, recording their breeds and numbers. This the largest of the Farne Islands and once home to St. Cuthbert who died there in 687 AD, now the home to 98500 breeding pairs of birds. The island boasts to have Puffins, Razorbills, the rarest Roseate Tern, Common Cormorants, Fulmar, Shag, Eides and Guillemot plus much more. With the help of the Rangers you are allowed to get up close and study the colourful Puffins and the other birds on the cliff edge and roped off areas. Before leaving visit the lighthouse, small museum and information centre.
Seahouses is well worth a look around after returning from the boat trip, known as the gateway to the Farne Islands, being a holiday town and fishing port founded in 1889. There’s an interesting harbour with splendid beaches and sand dunes covering several miles to the north and south of the town. The local Lifeboat Station is open to the public selling memorabilia and home to the lifeboat named Grace Darling after the local heroine. There are many eateries, takeaways plus live entertainment at the several local pubs. ideal for a stopping point whilst touring Northumberland.