Puffin, Farne Islands

Farne Islands


Route: Farne Islands

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 11th June 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.0 miles at a guess

Weather: Sunny

We were staying at Harbourside Cottage in Seahouses, a perfect base for our short walking holiday in Northumberland, and we can highly recommend it

It was a 2 minute stroll from the cottage to the harbour where we boarded the Serenity, which would take us on our day long tour of the Farne Islands

Our first port of call was rocky Staple Island, one of the outer Farnes and a bird sanctuary. We had some fantastic sightings here – I’ll let the pictures tell the story

We spent about 2 hours wandering around the rocks, after which the Serenity took us via the scenic route to Inner Farne. On disembarking we ran the gauntlet of the arctic terns – these birds breed close to the footpath, even on the path in places, and aggressively defend their nests. Take a hat if you go!

We had another couple of hours to walk around the island. The route is roped in so as to protect the wildlife, which is there to be seen in abundance, and in many cases just a few feet away

Eventually it was time to leave, but with reluctance as this had been one of the best wildlife experiences of my life – an amazing day out and I hope that the photos that follow will do some justice to it

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