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Seahouses & the Farne Islands

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The best route is to join the A1 via Alnwick, then go via Preston tower (worth a visit) through Chathill and on to the coastal route, through Beadnell. Seahouses has gift shops galore and fish and chips served all day. The Ship Inn is great for a drink, with an outdoor area to sit if you have children, although the best bar is adults only. Market Day is Friday. You can walk to Seahouses from Bamburgh, along the beach all the way, about 4½ miles each way.

The Farne Islands are one of Europe’s most important seabird sanctuaries, home to more than 20 different species, including puffins, eider ducks and four species of tern. There is also a large colony of seals. St Cuthbert died on Inner Farne in 687 and the chapel built in his memory can be visited. There are 30 small islands in total, all are in the care of the National Trust and two, Staple and Inner Farne, permit landing, daily, in April - September (2005). Be sure to take a hat with you! Some of the terns will "dive bomb" visitors to protect their young. Tel: 01665 721099 for further information.

The 3 main boat companies operating trips to the Farnes out of Seahouses harbour are: Billy Shiel, tel: 01665 720308; Hanvey's (St Cuthbert Farne Island Boat Trips), tel: 01665 720388 and Golden Gate, tel: 01665 721210. It's essential to arrange your boat tickets as soon as you arrive in the town, as they can get booked up, better still book the day before. Wear warm and windproof, clothing even on a hot summers' day, as out on the sea it is always chilly and once you're out there, there's no going back to get a fleece, screaming toddler or otherwise!

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