Northumberland’s Farne Islands are undoubtedly a jewel in the crown of British wildlife habitats. The spring breeding season is an amazing experience, thousands upon thousands of puffins, guillemots, razorbills, shags, Arctic, common and sandwich terns, fulmar, kittiwakes and other species of gulls cover the islands, sky and sea. Plus hundreds of seals and the chance of minke whale, bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise too. It is easy to see why the Farne Islands are one of my favourite wildlife photography destinations!
My Farne Islands wildlife photography workshops give you a fantastic photographic experience. As usual, I keep group sizes small enough for tuition and I’ll be on hand at all times to advise on techniques and settings to ensure you take some fantastic photographs.
Atlantic Puffin, Inner Farne
Dates, Availability & Prices
|2021 dates coming soon
I recommend a interchangeable lens mirrorless or digital SLR camera with a lens of 300mm or more. A tripod or monopod is useful on the Islands for larger and heavier lenses but not recommended for use on the boat. A wider angle lens is good for photographs of the cliff face habitats. Spare batteries and memory cards are an absolute necessity and a rain / weather cover is often worth packing.
Stout outdoor shoes or walking boots are required and warm waterproof clothing. Suntan cream is recommended and a hat is absolutely essential for visiting Inner Farne.
Atlantic Puffin, Inner Farne
We’ll meet at around 9.30am by Serenity Farne Islands booking office on Seahouses harbour, Northumberland. After running through some camera settings and techniques, we’ll board our boat and set sail towards the Farne Islands. There will be opportunities to photograph the birds on their cliff face habitats before landing on Staple Island. Here, we can continue to photograph the birds in their habitat, in flight and interacting with each other and other species.
We’ll then sail to Inner Farne, if there are seal colonies present we may be able to photograph these depending in their location and tides. On landing at Inner Farne we’ll continue photographing the birds in very different settings and habitat to Staple Island. You’ll be amazed at just how close you can get to species like the iconic Atlantic puffin and Arctic terns! The environment and ecology of Inner Farne is also very different to Staple Island. Arctic, common and sandwich terns nest here and the island has much more foliage which makes for a range of different photographs.
A confirmed itinerary will be sent before the dates of the workshop.
Arctic Terns, Inner Farne
What our clients have to say…
Thanks for an absolutely fabulous Farne Islands Workshop. You are brilliant, you taught me things I did not know about my own camera and your instruction was second to none. Your knowledge of wildlife and wildlife photography was exceptional. From settings to techniques and strategy for the perfect photo. I though I had caught some good shots but in the cold light of day they turned out to be fabulous.
I am very pleased, and would recommend your course to anyone. Many many thanks!
Thank you so much for a great workshop out at the Farne Islands, we enjoyed ourselves more than we can say. Thanks to the amendments you made to our camera settings we managed to get several really good shots, including the one where the gull was trying to steal a fish from a guillemot’s beak.
We will definitely come back to the Farne Islands and have a different perspective on composition next time.
Whether you are a photographer, or just a wildlife enthusiast this is a perfect trip to get up close to the wonderful nature of Northumberland and the Farnes. This fantastic day out is a must see for anyone visiting the area! We had a fantastic day, saw some lovely wildlife sights and got some amazing opportunities for photographs. The trip’s tailored approach, and limited places make it brilliant value for money.
It was a perfect day and I would definitely recommend it – and I’ll hopefully be going again soon!
Alan, you certainly didn’t fail to deliver the goods on Saturday over on the Farne Islands, wow what a magical day! Weather was great, the seals were adorable, company was excellent. And the Dolphins… magical!
You helped get the pictures as well!! What more could you ask for. Winning the lottery couldn’t have put a bigger smile on my face! This day was absolutely fab and I will remember forever. Roll on the Kenyan trip!
Thanks for an absolutely fab fab day Alan!
There is ample car parking in Seahouses. Public transport links are available but infrequent. Toilets are close by at the main Seahouses car park. Basic toilets may be available on the boat. There are no toilets on Staple Island, but there are on Inner Farne. All refreshments must be carried on to the Islands. There are plenty of shops, pubs, cafes in Seahouses. Car parking costs about £4 for the day. Prior to the workshop taking place I will send more information.
‘Kittiwake Gulley’, Staple Island approach
You can do as little or as much walking around the islands as you wish. The islands are a mix of boardwalks, rocks, level paths and uneven surfaces. A good level of agility / mobility is required for this workshop if you wish to explore the best parts of Staple Island. Due to the tides on the dates of these workshops, I am sorry that boarding wheelchairs onto the boat will not be possible.
If you need to look for accommodation, I can recommend the Olde School House Bed & Breakfast. This is owned by the same family who operate the boats I use for my Farne Islands photography workshops
Common Guillemot, The Brownsman
All boats landing at the Staple Island jetty are extremely vulnerable to tidal conditions. In the event of our skipper being unable to land on Staple Island we will continue to sail around photographing the cliff face colonies from the boat. The skipper’s decision is final.
The jetty at Inner Farne is not usually affected. All boat transport costs are included in the cost of this workshop but please remember additional landing fees are payable to the National Trust on Staple Island and Inner Farne at (2019 prices) £26 for both islands (£28.60 including gift aid option). National Trust members do not pay landing fees upon production of their membership card.
In the event of inclement weather preventing our boat from sailing to the Farne Islands or the National Trust closing the islands, I will offer a choice of a refund or an alternative date. Again, the skipper’s decision is final.