Thanks @Game Warden
Cool, it looks like there's every chance of a mini gtg in Northumberland
Hi @Soukous, @africapurohit, @kittykat23uk, I normally spend the May bank holiday weekend in Seahouses; that's on the 24/25th May in 2014. I reckon that the May half term may work for a few people but others, who have children, might already have other plans. What's the general consensus on the bank holiday weekend?
I normally book into The Olde Ship Inn which has a great bar, beer garden (where we can discuss the shots that got away) and decent rooms. Prices are between £47 - £65 per night.
Here's the link: http://www.seahouses...deship/home.htm
The end of May is about as early as you want to go if you want those classic Sand eel in mouth shots...
...and to get your head pecked by the Arctic Terns...
...and also have the best chance of actually landing on Staple Island as well as Inner Farne. Here's a map of the Islands for those that may not know exactly where they are.
There are two types of trips available:
The All Day Birdwatch trip (Price: £30 Adult, £18 children, plus National Trust landing fee)
It normally leaves around 10am (depending on the tides) and visits Staple Island where you get close to the Puffins and Fulmars as well as having a chance to get great shots of Razorbills and Guillemots and then onto Inner Farne where you get the Terns: Sandwich, Common and Arctic as well as the odd Roseate Tern (not spotted recently though). There are the odd rarities that drop in though so you have to keep an eye out. The day lasts around 6 hours, and takes in the seals and the nesting birds on the cliffs as well as giving you around 1.5 - 2 hours on each Island.
Cruise to Staple island or Inner Farne (Price: £13 Adult, £9 children, plus National Trust landing fee)
You normally have a cruise out to see the seals and seabirds on the cliffs before landing at your chosen Island for around an hour. These trips leave at various times throughout the day.
Other things to do:
For those that may want to spend longer in the area - Bamburgh Castle is just up the road and Dunstanburgh Castle is just to the south. If you like wading birds there's Budle Bay or even Lindsfarne to the North. Heading inland it isn't too far to Alnwick Castle or you could visit Cragside, which was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. Apparently it's crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of them still working, and has incredible gardens. Kielder Forest is around an hour away and offers loads of outdoor activities as well as photographic opportunities.
Edited by Safari Cal, 02 December 2013 - 09:12 PM.