Special Offer for Website members – 20% discount on Farne Island trips on the MV Golden Gate with the renowned George Shiel.
The Golden Gate runs trips to Inner Farne, Staple Island and Longstone Lighthouse. This is the only one of the Seahouses boats that is licensed to land on Longstone and visit the Lighthouse.
At the moment, the breeding season on all the islands is in full swing and there are hundreds of thousands of seabirds present. Landings are made on both Inner Farne and Staple Island, weather and sea conditions permitting (as for all the boats). An hour on one of the islands is plenty of time to take as many photos as you want of the puffins, terns, guillemots, razorbills and many other species. Of course, you may just want to take in the sight of the teeming wildlife at very close quarters. During the course of the tours, George gives a running commentary on the history of the islands, pointing out spots of interest and identifying the different birds that you will see. Seals abound as well, and you will get up close and personal to them.
Quite apart from the birdlife, a visit to Longstone allows you to see the lighthouse and the views from the top, visit Grace Darlings old room and wander unhindered around the island. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times. From time to time, dolphins and porpoises are in the area – should they be around, every effort will be made to get close and see them as they swim alongside the boat.
As a benefit to website members, a 20% discount is offered. To claim this, please visit this page and print out the relevant part, or save it to your phone or tablet. Present this at the Golden Gate kiosk in Seahouses harbour when booking and the discount will be applied to a maximum of two persons at any one time – in other words, a member may be accompanied by another person.
Please note that landing fees are payable to the National Trust – full details are on their website. Landing on Longstone is free but a small donation is requested if you wish to visit the interior of the lighthouse.
*PLEASE NOTE* the discount is ONLY available on the Golden Gate and not any of the other Farne boats.
If you have never visited the islands, here is a gallery of photos taken this year.