PRIVATE TOUR TO THE FARNE ISLANDS

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This magical day excursion will remain in your memory forever. We will explore the beautiful Farne Islands by boat, land on Inner Farne to marvel at and photograph the estimated 43,000 pairs of breeding Puffins, then drive along the coast towards Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne.  This tour will be depend on the time of year and the tides!

 

  • Travel by boat through the Farne Islands. Land on Inner Farne, where you can wander across this tiny island, which is a renowned nesting ground for many different seabirds, especially puffins.

 

  • Enjoy views over the wide expanse of pristine Bamburgh Beach, backed by sand dunes and from where one can be mesmerised by the breath-taking views of Bamburgh Castle that dominates the skyline.

 

  • Enjoy a short visit to the village of Bamburgh, where you will find snug eateries and wee pubs on every corner and from where you will enjoy magnificent views of the impressive Bamburgh Castle.

 

  • Drive across the causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a tidal island of the northeast coast of England in Northumberland.

 

  • Wander through this unique, historic island, famous for its medieval religious heritage and the more recent picturesque 16th century Castle.

 

Full Itinerary

 

Early morning , I will pick you up from either your hotel or from the cruise ship terminal and we will set off on magical wildlife adventure.  We will make our way down the east coast of Scotland towards the enchanting seaside town of Seahouses in Northumberland. 

 

From the harbour, we will embark on a three hour wildlife cruise, past several of the outer Farne Islands, until we arrive at Inner Farne, formerly renowned as the home of St Cuthbert, who was reputed to have the gift of healing. Today this archipelago of 28 islands constitutes an incredibly important wildlife reserve, home to many species of seabirds including Puffin, Eider, Razorbill, Guillemot, Shag, Kittiwake and Fulmar.  There is also a very large colony of grey seals which breed through the autumn and winter months. We will have special permission from the National Trust to land on Inner Farne, so that you can take an hour to enjoy, marvel at and take photographs of  this seabird paradise. Bring a picnic with you and watch the antics of the estimated 43,000 pairs of breeding puffins. In order to maximise your wildlife experience, please only book this tour between the end of April and early August.

 

After our boat tour, we will drive along the east coast of Northumberland until we arrive at the delightful village of Bamburgh. We will drive along stretches of the pristine coastline, which boasts endless white, sandy beaches all fringed by beautiful sand dunes. Bamburgh was the ancient capital of  Nothumbria.  The village is dominated by the impregnable sandstone castle that stands on a massive 180-foot high basalt crag.

 

From the delightful village, which abounds with picturesque tea shops and pubs,  one can take glorious photos of Bamburgh Castle, a former royal fortress, Norman stronghold and today a family home.  The earliest recorded history of this castle began with the Anglo-Saxons in AD547. King Aethelfrith has recently featured prominently in the Last Kingdom TV series, as has the Danish Viking, Uhtred of Bebbanburgh. In the 7th century, the most famous of the royal Anglo Saxon Kings, Oswald, returned to Northumbria , where he lay the foundations for Bamburgh and Lindisfarne. 

 

Whereas Iona  is regarded as the centre of  Christianity in Scotland, The Holy Island of Lindisfarne renowned as the cradle of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England.  St Aiden was invited by King Oswald to found the Lindisfarne Monastery on this tiny, tidal island in A.D.635.  The Lindisfarne Gospels, a 7th century illuminated Latin manuscript written here, is now in the British Museum.  You will have the opportunity to visit this delightful island, yet our visit must be timed carefully in conjunction with the tides.  At high tide, the causeway is submerged and the island is cut off!

Lindisfarne attracts visitors from all over the world, not just Christian and non-Christian pilgrims.  It is truly a very special place of spiritual enchantment sought out by mankind since prehistoric times.

 

Having visited the beautiful Priory and the adjacent ruins that date back to the 12th century, you can climb the high ridge known as the Heugh south of the ruins for spectacular views across towards Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands. Lindisfarne Castle is  a 16th century fortification made into a family home by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901.

 

Late afternoon we will sadly say farewell to this memorable island, make our way back across the causeway and return to Edinburgh.  I should once again emphasise that this tour is very dependent of the tides and also on the breeding season of the seabirds.  If you’ve got the opportunity however to join me on this tour, it is simply not to be missed! Please contact me to make any enquiries and I can provide you with all of the necessary information and a detailed quote.

 

Inclusions:

 

  • Qualified, fully accredited and licensed Scottish Tourist Guide.

  • Private, personalised tour.

  • Luxury vehicle .

  • Unlimited mileage and all parking fees.

 

Exclusions:

  • Food and drink  (other than bottled water).

  • All admission fees, boat tickets and N.T. landing fees on Inner Farne.

 

 

Tour price:

 

From £585.00 for up to 4 passengers

 

Tour duration:

 

9 hours – possibly longer.

Lindisfrane Priory
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The Pilgrims Way
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Puffins on Farne Island
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The Causeway to Holy Island
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Puffin
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Lindisfarne_Holy Island
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Holy Island
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Lindisfarne Castle
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Beautiful sunset
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