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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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  • We took a boat trip around the Farne islands on June 14th 2017 with a landing on Staple Island. The trip began in Seahouses and lasted approximately 2 1/2 hours including time spent on Staple island. ...  more »
  • This was our second visit to Farne Islands. Like our previous visit it was spectacular, seeing many thousands of birds, plus seals, as we sailed round the various islands and on Inner Farne where we d...  more »
  • Due to termpremental weather I only managed to get across to Inner Farne twice ... but what an experience. The arctir terns were particularly protective of their areas and were not shy at reminding yo...  more »