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Northumberland & the Farne Islands

Tour Code: GBR13

A 6-day exploration of Northumberland's spectacular coast, offshore islands and Cheviot Hills.

6 days from £795(flights not included) Land Only Price: £795 SRS: £0

Large numbers of Puffins, Arctic Tern colonies, Roseate Terns, and a myriad of nesting seabirds are just a few of the attractions awaiting participants on this 6-day birdwatching holiday. From a comfortable hotel base in Seahouses, we explore a variety of localities along the picturesque Northumberland coast and include in the itinerary a boat trip around Coquet Island as well as a full day on the legendary Farne Islands, ranked among the greatest seabird islands in Europe. Our tour will also visit the Cheviot Hills to observe a variety of upland birds and glimpse examples of Northumberland's past in the form of ancient castles and the impressive monastery on Lindisfarne (Holy Island).

  • Large Puffin colonies on Coquet Island & the Farne Islands
  • Nesting Arctic, Roseate & Little Terns
  • Huge seabird colonies of Shags, Fulmars, Guillemots, Razorbills & Kittiwakes
  • Numerous Grey Seals
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation in the coastal village of Seahouses
  • Enjoy the ancient ruins on Lindisfarne (Holy Island)
  • Find upland birds such as Dipper & Red Grouse in the Cheviot Hills
  • Learn from Naturetrek’s local ornithologist & leader, Mike Hodgson


Breakfasts and evening meals included in holiday price, allow £5 - £10 per day for lunches.


Comfortable tourist hotel, each room with private facilities.

Atlantic Puffin (Paul Stanbury)

Atlantic Puffin (Paul Stanbury)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Newcastle to Belford

Day 2 Holy Island

Day 3 Coquet Island; Long Nanny

Day 4 Farne Islands

Day 5 Cheviot Hills

Day 6 Belford to Newcastle

Northumberland is a wild and splendid county, boasting a superb coastline — regarded by many as the finest in the country — and a fine range of upland habitats in the Cheviot Hills. Both aspects will be explored in full during this new 6-day tour which also includes a full day spent exploring the world-renowned Farne Islands. Our tour begins in Newcastle and from here we transfer north to a comfortable hotel which will be our base for five nights. During the following days, islands will be something of a theme as we visit Lindisfarne (or Holy Island), sail around Coquet Island, where over 70 pairs of Roseate Terns and thousands of Puffins nest, then finally visit the Farne Islands. The twin islands of Staple and Inner Farne provide one of the greatest seabird spectacles in Britain and draw visitors from all over the world. Colonies of Arctic and Sandwich Terns present scenes of constant activity and noise, Guillemots, Shags and Kittiwakes line cliff ledges, whilst the everpopular Puffins play their role as court jesters. A day on the Farne Islands is a truly magical experience and as well as the principal performers there is also an impressive supporting cast including rafts of handsome Eiders and large numbers of Atlantic Grey Seals. Elsewhere along the Northumberland coast we visit a colony of Little Terns and check for late migrant passerines and waders at various locations. Although the main volume of migration will have passed, early June often produces a few surprise rarities and we will be looking out for whatever may turn up. We complete our exciting break in Northumberland with an exploration of the dramatic fells and valleys of the Cheviot Hills, home to a variety of upland birds including Red Grouse, Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Raven, having hopefully demonstrated during the preceding days the great merits of picturesque Northumberland during the late spring. Indeed, is there a finer place in England to witness large numbers of seabirds at the peak of their nesting season?

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Mr & Mrs K
The scenic beauty and birding of the locations visited.
The trip leaders had an excellent rapport and complement each other perfectly. They were thoughtful and considerate about our needs as well as having an impressive knowledge of birdsong and appearance.
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We had two excellent leaders who worked together well, and were always available to answer questions, or find answers for us. Both were excellent birders. It was good being a group of 10 people only, and we all got on well together.
Absolutely loved this holiday. The location being beautiful and the birding surpassed all expectations for me. Tim was absolutely brilliant because he just knew the areas so well and found special surprises for us everyday. Janet was lovely in working hard as our advanced spotter. Peter gave excellent back-up to Tim with his Naturetrek organisation, knowledge and birding skills.
West Yorkshire
The leaders' expert knowledge of the area and subject added greatly to the holiday.
Well organised by leader with local knowledge. We particularly enjoyed the visit to Inner Farne.
West Yorkshire
Both Mike and Tom were excellent. Their level of knowledge and expertise was second to none. Again Naturetrek have provided a tour packed with trips, good itinerary and the hotel food was really good.
I cannot stress enough how superb our tour guides, Mike and Tom, were. They went out of their way to make sure we saw everything, and some of us were not good spotters, but through their patience and perseverance we all were privileged to see what the experts did. Their company and cheerful banter at all times was great to be a part of and kept the group happy and the atmosphere pleasant at all times - quite an achievement. The nature spotting, not only birds but wild flowers, rocks and historical facts about the area all excellent and I would certainly want to travel Naturetrek again. Well done Mike and Tom!
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Our leaders Mike Hodgson and Tom Cadwallender are both keen birders and their enthusiasm is obvious. They were well organised and made sure we all were able to see the birds. Wonderful!
The trip leaders, Mike Hodgson and Alan Curry, were excellent.
Mrs V. & Miss S.
Mike was an excellent leader and always made sure that every person on the trip saw the particular bird we were watching. We both had a wonderful time thanks to him.
An excellent trip in every way. The weather was brilliant, the scenery magnificent and the birding superbly led by Mike.
Mike Hodgson was a brilliant leader! Experienced, knowledgeable, good humoured, well organised and relaxed. He enabled us all to have a fabulous four days with the best birding.
I really appreciated going with Naturetrek to this lovely part of the world. It is difficult to plan visits to the islands from a distance and I really thought the boat trips to the Islands excellent as we were given plenty of time to look at the birds. Both Mike and Alan were very helpful and kind and made the best use of weather conditions. Many thanks for your organisation.
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Tue 6th June 2017 - Sun 11th June 2017



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Land only cost: £795 More info

Room sharing options: Female sharing is available More info

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The scenic beauty and birding of the locations visited.
Mr & Mrs K, Buckinghamshire