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Farne Islands - a sanctuary for wildlife
Farne Islands (England)
Member Name: miffy1
Farne Islands (England)
Advantages: Lots of wildlife. Totally unspoilt. Great boat trips.
Disadvantages: Not accessible if the weather is bad. No good if you are a bad sailor!
We have had several holidays in Northumberland so know the county quite well. One of the best places to visit is the Farne Islands which are situated just off the Northumberland coast at Seahouses. The islands are all owned by the National Trust and are unihabited. Longstone lighthouse is on one of the islands and can be seen for miles.
There is a lot of history surrounding the islands, the most famous story being that of Grace Darling, the Victorian girl who helped to rescue stricken sailors who had floundered on the Farne Island rocks in rough seas. She is buried in the churchyard at Bamburgh, a few miles up the coast from Seahouses.
Today the islands are inhabited by thousands of seabirds. There is a thriving colony of puffins as well as many other birds such as cormorants, guillimots and terns. A grey seal colony also lives there and they are often seen basking in the sun whilst watching the boats sail round the islands.
Visiting the islands is fairly easy, with regular boat-trips sailing out of Seahouses when the weather allows. You can either just have a trip to the islands and back, or stop off for half an hour on the main island. We have taken the round trip but not managed to set foot on Farne yet. I am told that a good hat is essential if you are lucky enough to stop off on the island, as the birds do tend to dive-bomb you and leave their calling cards on your head!!! The trips are well worth taking and the guides are usually very knowlegable. On one trip we even managed a glimpse of some porpoises, which was amazing!
The cost of boat trips varies but they are well worth taking. If the sea is calm and the sun shining it is really relaxing sitting back and watching all the wildlife. Well worth a visit!
Summary: A beautiful range of small islands with loads of wildlife to see.
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