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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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  • There aren't many places where you can get this close to seabirds. On a day trip to the Farne Islands you can expect to get very close to large numbers of all kinds of birds as well as seals.  more »
  • Had an amazing time to see the birds and puffins on the island Water was a bit choppy but otherwise a really great trip  more »
  • 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 »
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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..