Staple Island

Important notice – Due to the potentially devastating impact of Avian Flu (bird flu) on seabird colonies, the Farne Islands will be closed to visitors from Sunday 3 July. We are still sailing every day on our Grey Seal Cruise, Puffin Cruise, Holy Island and of course our Sunset Cruise. Please contact us directly by email to change your booking to another trip.

Staple Island has dramatic views across all the Islands and is known for its vast seabird colonies, especially those of the Auk family such as Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins. Puffins are the most numerous birds that nest on the Farnes with over 20,000 pairs nesting on Staple Island alone! A boardwalk over the top of the Island takes you straight through the nesting Puffins and this is where you can get close to some of Britain’s most spectacular breeding seabirds. This is a very rugged island so please remember to wear good shoes as its uneven underfoot. Its not suitable for infants.


Times and frequencies may change at short notice.

This tour takes approximately 2.5 – 3 hours allowing 1-hour landing on Staple Island.

PLEASE NOTE…Sorry, no dogs are allowed on this trip.

Landing Dates : May, June and July

Departure Time : 10.45am

Prices: £30, Child*: £23, Under 5: Free

Please note, National Trust landing fees to non members are……
May, June, July
Adult: £12.60 Child: £6.30 Family: £31.50 Family group with 1 adult: £18.90
30th March, April, August, September
Adult: £8.20 Child: £4.10 Family: £20.50 Family group with 1 adult: £12.30
(Free landing to under 5’s & N.T. members)

Important Notes:

  • Child*: Aged 15 and under.
  • Times and frequencies may change at short notice.
  • Please collect your tickets half an hour before departure or failure to do so your ticket will be resold.
  • The final decision to land on any of the Farne Islands is at the boat masters discretion.
  • The National Trust charge a landing fee on Inner Farne & Staple Island. National Trust members land free of charge on production of their membership cards.

We are also available for private charter and survey work, please contact us for details.