Pictures from a boat trip out to the Farne Islands from Seahouses.

Farne Islands from boat

The isolated Farne islands are perfect for seabirds to nest undisturbed, apart from gawking tourists and bird watchers…

Cliffs crowded with seabirds, mostly guillemots (the penguin-like ones!).

Mostly puffins, with the occasional razorbill (a close relative with a black and white striped beak).

Nesting shags.

Terns congregate on Inner Farne, nesting on the ground rather than the cliff tops. They have the unwelcome habit of vigorously attacking passers by – a stiff hat is recommended!

The lighthouse on Longstone island, famous for the story of Grace Darling and her part in rescuing survivors of the shipwreck of the SS Forfarshire in 1838.  Like all other UK lighthouses, the Longstone lighthouse is now automated and no longer manned.

Northumberland II – Farne Islands