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Northampton, United Kingdom
September 18, 2012
From journal North East England June '12 Pt3
September 28, 2010
From journal Our first visit to the North East
Sheffield, United Kingdom
February 11, 2006
The Farne Islands, situated just off the Northumberland coast, is a haven for all kinds of birds and grey seals. There are 182 species of birds on the islands, with 22 species breeding there, and it is very popular with birdwatchers. Boat trips are available from Seahouses to all the islands, although in afternoons only during the breeding season. We haven't taken this trip yet, as the boats are quite small and each time we have visited the sea has been quite rough. This does not mean that the boats are not safe, just that we are too nervous!!
The Farne Island Cruise is a 2.5-hour cruise in total, with 1 hour spent on the island and 1.5 hours cruising. The island has a walkway suitable for the disabled and a lighthouse where National Trust personnel live for 9 months of the year. This is where the grey seal colony is. Also available is a special Grey Seal Cruise, which is 1.5 hours with no landing. Birds can be seen on the cliffs, but more time is spent viewing the seals. Inner Farne is a bird sanctuary, and there is a charge for landing. Staple Island is also a bird sanctuary but is too rocky for the disabled. There is also a Holy Island Cruise, which reaches Lindisfarne at high tide when it is cut off from the mainland, to allow the peace and tranquility to be felt. Seahouses is a holiday town that is very busy in summer. It has a harbour, beach, slot machines, fish-and-chips, cafes, restaurants, and lots of self-catering accommodation and hotels. Sea fishing and boat charters are also available. For more information, visit the website at www.farne-islands.com.
From journal A Rainy Easter Weekend on the Northumberland Coast