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Billy Shiel's Boat Trips

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Address: 4 Southfield Avenue, Seahouses NE68 7YT, England
Phone Number: 01665 720 308
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Good company to go play with the seals

Went for a weekend in Sept with Billy Shiel's Boat Trips and had 4 dives with seals out at the Farne Islands. The diving...well, what an experience. Maybe we got lucky with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Went for a weekend in Sept with Billy Shiel's Boat Trips and had 4 dives with seals out at the Farne Islands. The diving...well, what an experience. Maybe we got lucky with the vis, but the seals were so interactive and fun to dive with. The boat captains obviously know their stuff: they tell you where to dive, what sort... More 

Thank DrRob1971
York, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

We did the Farnell Islands 1.5hr trip. It was excellent and well worth £15 each. We saw loads of seals and seal pups, interesting commentary but not too much to be boring. Word of advice would be to wrap up well!

Thank Harkerjulia
Canberra, Australia
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118 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

I opted for a morning tour of the Farne Islands with a landing at Inner Farne, whilst it was interesting I wouldn't rave over it. We sailed around the islands with the crew pointing out various sites and wildlife, both seals and a few birds, then landed for about an hour. The crew and the NT personnel on Inner Farne... More 

Thank travellover077
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

They weren't doing the trip we wanted on they day we were there so we opted for the Grey Seal Cruise. It was great, we really enjoyed all of it and saw many seals, baby seals and various birds. The Captain was informative and made sure everyone saw everything. Prices were very reasonable as well. I think we'll be coming... More 

Thank rosie_apples123
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

I have been on Billy Shiels boat trips several times over the years, but this was the first time I have been at 'Puffin time'. It was absolutely magical. So much to see. I travel alone with my dog, and although he is quite agile, the crew ensured that he was safely helped on and off - as they did... More 

Thank Graham T
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

The captain (Craig) and first mate were professional and efficient. They were watchful and totally helpful. The boat, although simple - was not overcrowded and clean so our equipment did not suffer. Best of all they helped with carrying tanks and filling them so the experience became a pleasure and relaxing. Thank you very much.\

1 Thank FruFrub
Northumberland, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Although the weather was miserable the trip was wonderful with lots of sightings of seals and their cubs. Saw puffins in June. Can recommend both tours. Not to be missed.

Thank mis848
London, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Although it was raining the sea was calm enough to take us out to Farne Islands to see the grey seals and their pups. This wonder of nature is well worth a visit

2 Thank Superhoopsa1882
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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

What a great couple of hours sailing round the Farne Islands. Great value for money. We visited at the wrong time of the year for seeing the Puffins but had a thoroughly magically time visiting the seal colonies around the islands. I lost count of how many we saw, certainly well over 100, as well as seeing the pups. The... More 

Thank House-ElfPreston
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Although the Puffins and some other seabird species had already left, there was plenty to see, with many Grey Seals on the rocks and popping up close to our boat - Glad Tidings V - as we navigated the area. We saw several newly born pups and the captain gave a commentary as we approached the different islands (14-28 depending... More 

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