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Farne Islands, Northumberland

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The Farne Islands are a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland, England. There are between 15 and 20 islands depending on the state of the tide. They are scattered about 1½–4¾ miles (2.5–7.5 km) from the mainland, divided into two groups, the Inner Group and the Outer Group. The main islands in the Inner Group are Inner Farne, Knoxes Reef and the East and West Wideopens (all joined together on very low tides) and (somewhat separated) the Megstone; the main islands in the Outer Group are Staple Island, the Brownsman, North and South Wamses, Big Harcar and the Longstone. The two groups are separated by Staple Sound. The highest point, on Inner Farne, is 62 feet (19 metres) above mean sea level.HistoryMonks and hermitsThe earliest recorded inhabitants of the Farne Islands were various Culdees, some connected with Lindisfarne. This followed the old Celtic Christian tradition of island hermitages, found in England, Ireland and Scotland.The islands are first recorded in 651, when they became home to Saint Aidan, followed by Saint Cuthbert. Cuthbert isolated himself on the islands until he was called to the bishopric of Lindisfarne, but after two years he returned to the solitude of the Inner Farne and died there in 687, when Saint Aethelwold took up residence instead. Among other acts, Saint Cuthbert introduced special laws in 676 protecting the eider ducks, and other seabirds nesting on the islands; these are thought to be the earliest bird protection laws anywhere in the world.
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  • After reading so many good reviews we thought the Farne Island boat trip sounds great. Ok you will see Puffins, Grey Seals & many sea birds however if the sky is a little grey there is a knocking bet ...  read more »
  • A boat trip around the islands isn't complete without landing on the main island to see the chapel of St Cuthbert and hear an informative talk by one of the Rangers along with a walk to see the lighth...  read more »
  • Such a nice trip, lots to see and people who know what there talking about and enthusiastic about it, we knew when we decided to go to Northumbria that the puffins wouldn't be there but this trip is s...  read more »
  • Good sea crossings, seals (Real Mermaids Have Curves) and Arctic Terns that attack your head.
  • Lovely day with puffins and lots of nesting terns
  • Great day out. Boat £12.00 adults. Ornothologist's heaven
  • A mouthful anchovies and eggs keep an ear to the door, Yomi flops pointy snout as Arctic bird watching someone on the way to a new island by boat and those who miss out the seals sleeping tips and tricks naemilmyeo aikeon opting for the event.
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