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Farne Islands

NE68 7YT, England
01665 720651
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: A group of islands on the very north-east of England which represent one of the greatest dangers to...
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: A group of islands on the very north-east of England which represent one of the greatest dangers to shipping around the entire British Isles.
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Berwick on Tweed, null, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Took the Glad Tidings/Billy Shiel boat trip to see the Seals on the Farne's . Booked by phone and the staff were very good with booking and on the boat too. Informative and got us into the best viewing positions to see the mums and pups. Superb afternoon in early November. 2014. Right at the peak of the breading season... More 

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Turkey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Take a family outing to the farne islands to view amazing collection of sea birds...puffins are particularly beautiful and funny and you might have to dodge their dives sometimes, seals all set against the north sea. Spring and summer trip best

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The best place to see, enjoy and take excellent photos of Atlantic seabirds, nothing comes close to it. Boats will take you from Seahouses port and get you around all islands so you can see the birds well enough, as well as the seal colony and - if you are lucky - dolphins playing with the waves. Depending on which... More 

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Billy Shiels boats at Seahouses catered for our every need. Nothing was too much trouble and booking via email was dealt with promptly and courteously.

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Ingleton, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

If you like to get amongst the birds go to the Farne Islands on one of the Glad Tidings boats. I've been loads of times and love it every time I go. Sad to say Billy Sheils died a few years ago but the family have kept up the good work. Make sure you take a hat with you to... More 

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Lanzarote
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Its a bit weird reviewing 'the Farne Islands' as they are what they are. So this is really a review of the boat trip. We took a 1.5 hour one with no stop off on the islands at the recommendation of the ticket lady who said the islands 'are boring' (LOL!). Having done the trip I would be happy to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Amazing trip despite there being no puffins (too late), we saw seals and their offspring and lots of unusual birds and had an hr on inner farne with amazing views, lots of lighthouses to be seen and free to all national trust members. Will go back next summer to see the puffins!

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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Our last visit to the wonderful Farne Islands was during the breeding season when the islands were alive with birdlife and you needed head protection from the angry terns guarding their nests. In September though the islands are left fairly quiet, with just the resident bird population left. We did spot a couple of puffins bobbing up and down in... More 

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

If you love puffins a trip to the Farnes is a must. Several local boat tours are available and out of half term you can just turn up on the morning and usually get a booking. Waterproofs and warm clothing are need, and only Inner Farne has loos. The Arctic Terns on Inner Farne are very aggressive when they are... More 

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wales
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33 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

A boat trip round the Farnes is a joy at any time of year, always plenty to see and marvel at. Billy shields boats always supply great service with informative and informed commentary. Go as often as you can to see the Farnes at different seasons.

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