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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 1+1/2to(-) 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 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, also found in Wales, 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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  • Had some nice shots of puffins in flight. Pleasant place to enjoy a day out. The surrounding landscape is as beautiful too  more »
  • Have been to the islands every year for the past 30 years. You never get enough of the unique wildlife. If you are lucky enough to visit late May or June you will see the full programme of seabirds an...  more »
  • Very much appreciated our ‘grey seals cruise’ - apparently October is the right period of the year for seals Very friendly crew - happy to answer any questions you might have Kids loved it (and toilet...  more »
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  • This is a must for keen birdwatchers - thousands of puffins, terns, guillemots, razorbills and so many more species. And you can often get incredibly close to them.
  • The best trip ever on the serene sea.on the serenity.

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