Recently I ventured further up the north east coast than usual, to the little harbourside village of Seahouses. Over the border and into Northumberland, in fact. Aside from the beaches stretching north and south, the main attraction of this village is the prospect of a trip to the Farne Islands, a well-known seabird sanctuary. Boat trips run to the islands year round, weather permitting, and from April to October it is usually possible to land on one of the islands for a closer look at the wildlife. Puffins are the stars of the show.
I strolled along the pier eyeing the queues, and smiled when I came to the ticket office for Billy Shiel’s. The Shiel family have been running boat trips to the islands since 1918, just after the First World War. They started the business to supplement their income from fishing, escorting a few keen ornithologists. Allegedly there are 28 islands out there, but many of them are submerged at high tide.
I was on a coach trip that day, and had opted to spend more time at Bamburgh, just around the bay, so no boat trip for me. I carried on around the harbour, in the direction of the golf links. Something to eat, maybe? Those views across to the islands are very tempting.
There was bunting up in the village, and I like a warm welcome, but I discovered there was to be a bike race the next day. No matter! I felt welcome enough as I strolled back through the village. It’s typical seaside, with buckets and spades, crazy golf and a smattering of knick-knack shops.
Back at the seafront I survey the scene. It’s a wide and wild vista. The craggy shoreline and harbour, and off in the distance the mighty bastion that is Bamburgh, my next destination. Will the weather hold out for me? I do hope so!
There are lots more details on the National Trust pages about the Farne Islands, including how to get there. I think they’re worth a trip.
I expect you’re disappointed not to have something to eat? Fish and chips are a popular choice around here. You might remember that a couple of Saturdays ago I posed you a question? I totally forgot to give you the answer. Did I have chocolate and almond brownie or creme brulé? I could very easily have eaten either, but let me tell you the brownie was delicious! Many thanks for staying with me. I do appreciate your company. Time to put the kettle on now, and share a few walks. If you’d like to join in, details are on my Jo’s Monday walk page. You’re always very welcome!
It’s a bit shivery, but undeniably beautiful where Amanda is this week :
Bunkers on the beach! Quite an unusual sight, from our man Drake :
Come trainspotting in Hamburg with Lady Lee?
You can always rely on Jackie for cake. And the rest!
I love the diversity my walks attract. How about some quilting with Violet?
Things are looking a little brighter for Denzil this week :
I know nothing of Adelaide, but it looks like there’s plenty to know. Please say hello to Anne-Marie :
And while we’re at the beach, look what Woolly’s found!
Not too many walks today! It’s been the Summer hols for some of us. Time to dig the boots out again. Have a great week!