I'll show you some photos in a minute, but first, I want to direct you to this website (just incase you fancy taking a trip yourself):
This is the company we went with, and from what I have heard, you get so much more out of a tour with these guys! They really know their stuff, and clearly have a deep rooted appreciation and love for the islands and the wildlife surrounding it. If you do go on a Farne Island tour, try to get a seat on Serenity II - you won't regret it.
Ok, on to some pictures! Here's some seaweed in Seahouses harbour - I thought it was pretty!
Here is a view of the harbour:
It didn't take long before the islands became clear enough to take a decent photo of:
And then clearer still:
Messing around with my zoom actaully paid off this time:
It was just about at this point that I stopped taking photos for about 10 minutes. Why? A puffin flew right in front of us, and I spent the time acting like an over-excited 5 year old!
The camera soon came out again, when I realised I couldn't miss this shot:
Aren't they just gorgeous?
We noticed a few jellyfish in the waters surrounding the islands - can anyone tell what kind of jellyfish they are?
As if the puffins weren't gorgeous enough, I fell in love with this beauty:
There were many, many seals on the islands, either soaking up the sun or playing hide and seek in the water. Honestly, the ones in the water would dive under just as I clicked to take a photo of them!
What really amazed me about the seals, is the way they make eye contact - there is an air of intelligence about them, something almost human.
I was really pleased to get this picture of the lighthouse where Grace Darling lived:
This bird is called a "Shag". There were so many different birds on the islands, a lot of them stayed too far back, or moved to fast, for me to get photos of them:
Here is the view from Inner Farne, looking back towards the mainland:
Inner Farne is a bird santuary, and we were lucky enough to spend an hour on the island. There is a roped off path that you follow all the way around the island - although the terns didn't take much notice of the "our part, your part", and why should they?? It's their island!
We were warned that we should cover our heads when we arrived on the island, as the terns like nothing better than to "attack" during the breeding season. I did see a few people being swooped on, but there were no serious attempts!
Really, if you ever get the chance to do this tour, you should! We're hoping to go back this summer, maybe for the 4 hour tour (which includes a tour of the Northumberland coast), and again sometime in October for the birdwatching tour... Can't wait!!
Lesson learned: It's ok to act like an over-excited 5 year old sometimes!!