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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Billy Sheils Scuba

We travelled from Essex to dive the Farnes with seals. William runs the dive operation and it is totally professional. Lovely large stable boat with a diver lift, he supplied... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Lance G
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We travelled from Essex to dive the Farnes with seals. William runs the dive operation and it is totally professional. Lovely large stable boat with a diver lift, he supplied tanks at our request and some weights. He even found a spare set of fins when one of our group had issues. Most Farnes dive trips are booked exclusively by... More 

Thank Lance G
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a Billy Shiel's boat to the Farne Islands at the beginning of October. We choose the 2-3 hour trip which allowed a landing on Inner Farne. Although not a great time of year for bird watching, we did see a few cormorants but the highlight was the large number of seals, many just about to give birth. The... More 

Thank seniorsue2016
Sutton in Craven
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Arguably the best trip company there. We went on the seal and stop off on Farn Island. Great value, cant remember the price but it was a full half day trip and we saw plenty of seals and sea birds. The Farn Island was fantastic, the old chapel and the nesting grounds were beautiful. Great photography opportunities as well. Thanks... More 

Thank Keith J
Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have taken groups of school children up to Northumberland for many years. We always include a cruise over to the Farne Islands with Billy Sheils. What a wonderful company! Always child centred, always safety aware and always extremely friendly. Nothing is too much trouble! A brilliant experience for older primary children and they remember it forever! Massive thanks for... More 

Thank Dennylad
Crewe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went hour and half boat trip around Farne islands. Really enjoyed it. Saw seals with pups! Crew were very professional and knowledgeable. Excellent value for money

Thank runnerruss2015
Mablethorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on this 90 minute boat trip on a day when the following trips were cancelled due to a swell too big for comfortable sailing. We loved it!! the trip did end up being two hours due to the sea state but at no time were we bored, the commentary on birds, seal and the history of the Farne... More 

Thank alisongreen585
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning weather and the sea was flat calm. The boat was busy so we were stuck inside a bit which was fine as it was a "fresh" day. Get there early if you want to sit outside. Saw lots of seals. Gorgeous scenery.

Thank Caroline B
Bidford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On arrival at the booking office we were very disappointed to find that there would be no sailings on that day due to the strong winds. We moved our booking for the four hour trip, with landing at Holy Island, to the next day. We were advised to phone in the morning & check that sailings were still taking place.... More 

Thank Brookleys
Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Bought a couple of tickets at only £13 each and set off 15 minutes later. Went round the Farne islands and saw a great variance of sea birds and up close and personal to a huge amount of seals. Good commentary from the skipper and as it was good weather we were able to sit outside. Trip lasted about 90... More 

Thank weldonwares
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly check in staff; well organised 1 1/2 hour trip around the Farne Islands; good commentaries; seal colonies on the Farne Islands were really special. Helpful that you can take your dog on board the boat. Going in late September meant that there were few seabirds still there. We'll return in June/July when they should be there by the many... More 

Thank David E
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Thank you for the great review, the sea birds tend to leave late July but that means the stars of the show become the seals. If you are hoping to come back during the breeding season you'll need to pack an extra camera battery because it takes you by surprise how many of these birds are packed on the cliff... More 

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