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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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  • These are a fantastic place to see seals in the wild. We picked a boat trip on a calm day and were fantastically rewarded with close up seals and pups. You don't see too many birds this time of year, ...  more »
  • I have been fortunate enough to visit The Farnes 5 times. I have been unfortunate enough not to have visited more. For the nature and/or photography enthusiast the place is amazing with Inner Farne an...  more »
  • I review now a place visited may ' 14. You get to make this Island with the small ferry to Billy Shiel from the village of Seahouses. You can opt for a shorter hike, about 2 and a half hours, or longer, about 6 hours. If you like birds and you can plan a trip for July, when the island teems with birds, in my opinion the 6 hour trip is invaluable. We start in the morning from the port, there are no parking problems in the area. The Farne Islands are protected by the National Trust, for which you must pay a ticket to "input". No ticket has members of FAI, Italy, affiliated to the NT Environment Fund, apart from the ferry of course, run by private companies. Arriving in the vicinity of the islands you will begin to see many birds medium dogs swim in the water or fly quick cuts in the sky, almost always with a "booty" small fish dangling from its beak. Are the Incredibles puffins, many during the nesting and tireless to bring food to the children. Are everywhere, and you can see them walking in the areas bounded by very close. With a good lens you can make memorable photos. Other typical inhabitants of the Islands are the Arctic partridges, very elegant and very, very angry if you pass close to their children, having been reported close to hiking trails with coloured poles!! I think the hat recommended not only serves to not receive guano in the lead, but also not to be caught by premurosissime moms steer clear. Many cormorants and other birds populate the two islands on which it is accompanied. In the water a seal colony makes a fine show. It is an excursion reservations highly recommended, in a truly unique and easily accessible nature reserve.
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  • Out of this world, literally it's like being on another planet. Thousand upon thousand of nesting birds. You have to see this for yourself, I can not describe the magnificent beauty of this place.
  • Lovely place. Def. Recomended going during the breeding season if you love birds and non breeding season if you don't. Ghe bird population reaches around 150,000 and that means take a rain coat. The National Trust staff there explains quite a lot about the island in a short time and let's you wander. A good spend the day.
  • Stunning location, friendly staff and lots of wildlife.
  • Outstanding place to visit, we were lucky and saw dolphins on the way out there, also loads of seals and puffins
  • Worth a trip.. Boat was brilliant gets you close to the rocks. Take your camera and a peg for your nose..