Farne Island boat trip with kids

A Farne Island boat trip has been something we’d wanted to do for a while – we had never seen puffins in the wild and it was on our bucket list of things to see!  The Farne Islands are in Northumberland in North East England and are easy to get to with many companies offering boat trips from the town of Seahouses.

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Short break to Northumberland

We’ve been on a bit of a ‘mini adventure this week (aka a short break!) to the Northumberland coast. It was booked as a bit of a sweetener when we realised we weren’t going to manage the Route 66 trip we had dreamed of but we still needed it to be as budget as it could be. We thought about camping, but for some reason we wanted a break that didn’t involve the rain dance that is putting up a tent 😉 So we eventually booked a mid week break in one of those holiday parks with static caravans. Not luxury, but a good base, with our number one priority being walking distance to the beach.


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Our home for the week!

We were at the southern end of the Northumberland coast and other than planning to go on a boat trip to the Farne Islands we had no fixed plans or places we wanted to go. Anyone who knows me will know I am a bit of a control freak, planner, and that I am not very good at not knowing what is next. I’m trying hard not to overplan next year and just gather information on places that look interesting, so this was a good exercise for me! Going with the flow was the order of the day!

Farne Island boat trip

The day we arrived in Northumberland was dull and cold and was what we were expecting weather wise really so you can imagine my surprise to wake up on the Tuesday to absolutely glorious sunshine!

We quickly made the decision to make that the day to do the Farne Island boat trip which was perfect as it was J’s birthday. We went with Serenity Boat tours as I had been following them on twitter and enjoyed reading their blog. I can highly recommend the Farne Islands tour that we went on which included an hours landing on Inner Farne.

I was so excited to see the first puffins, I had no idea that we’d get so close to so many. I probably looked like a crazy loony getting so over excited and dragging the kids over to the other side of the boat, especially later on when we saw so many!

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Look at that gorgeous beach behind that we couldn’t go on!!!

James loved taking time to get some pics with his lens he got at Christmas and got some great shots.

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puffin farne islands boat trip



Back at Seahouses, where the Farne Island trips go from, we found a village trail with lots of information about the history of the town so in full ‘go with the flow’ mode we decided we’d walk round and find all the information boards. It was such a lovely evening and we needed to walk off our fish and chips we decided to have as well 😉

seahouses village trail

Going on a Farne Island trip was one of the reasons we wanted to visit Northumberland and I’m so glad we did. It wasn’t the cheapest of days, the boat trip was about £45 for the four of us, but one I’d do again in a heartbeat.


See our other post about our adventures on the Northumberland coast here


Travel tips for a trip to the Northumberland coast:

Where is it?

Northumberland is a region in the North East of England on the border with Scotland.

How to get there?

The nearest airport is the city of Newcastle which is about 25 minutes away from Morpeth.  To get around, renting a car is probably preferable, but the area is also linked by rail and bus quite well.

Where to Stay?

We stayed at a Static Caravan Park at Park Resorts – a good option if you’re looking for a super budget break.

Locally owned guesthouses and bed & breakfasts are a great option and can be found through my recommended hotel booking site – booking.com

Alternatively it’s a great place to rent your own space through places like AirBnb or HomeAway .


I find HomeAway has more options for the UK however if you find somewhere perfect on AirBnb and would like to get a discount of around £14 off your first booking then head here!


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4 thoughts on “Farne Island boat trip with kids

  1. Marcus says:

    Fantastic Puffin pics! I’m jealous as I’d love to get shots like that. Really pleased the lens has worked out.

  2. Kirsty says:

    Marcus – I seem to remember you getting some great shots last year! But thanks to both of you anyway 🙂

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