See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

Farne Islands, Northumberland

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

The Farne Islands are home to a dazzling array of wildlife. Go in summer to admire the multitude of colourful puffins that visit each year.

As soon as you arrive on Inner Farne or Staple Island, you’ll be greeted by squawking terns; protective of their young, they tend to dive at visitors’ heads, so take a hat or umbrella! 

Follow the boardwalks around the islands, watching 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. 

Look out for England’s largest breeding colony of grey or Atlantic seals, lazing on the rocks or bobbing in the sea. Around 1,000 pups are born here each autumn.

Boat trips leave from Seahouses, which is 50 miles (80km) from Newcastle, in northeast England. Newcastle is itself 2 hours 50 minutes from London by train.

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