See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

Farne Islands, Northumberland

Around 150,000 breeding pairs of seabirds make the Farne Islands their home each summer. Hop on a boat to see and hear them up close!

You don't need to travel to Iceland or Norway to catch a glimpse of a colouful puffin - the Farne Islands off Northumberland's coast are teeming with them every summer!

Treat the little ones to a once-in-a-lifetime seaside experience and jump on a Serenity Farne Islands Boat Tour that sails around the scenic islands. As well as learning about the history of the iconic coastline, you'll have the chance to get within metres of these beautiful birds and, depending on the time of year, a colony of doe-eyed grey and Atlantic seals. Around 1,000 pups are born here each autumn, making it the largest breeding colony in the whole country!

If you fancy exploring the Inner Farne or Staple Islands a bit more, then you can catch a separate boat over. Follow the boardwalks around the isands, stopping to watch the puffins scoot into their burrows. Then behold the full seabird spectacle on the rocky shores and cliffs, where crowds of razorbills, guillemots, eider ducks and puffins jostle for position. 

 

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