On hold whilst the National Trust decide if they'll open the islands in 2021.
Join us on a magical 5 day trip to experience one of the most exciting seabird colonies in the UK!
Not only have we scheduled three separate day trips to photograph the birdlife on the Farne Islands but we'll also be staying within sight of one of the world's great coastal castles, Bamburgh Castle! Along with Dunstanbugh Castle, this gives us the unique opportunity to indulge in some bonus landscape photography with two stunning subjects in the evenings.
We'll be leaving on Saturday 8th of May and returning on Wednesday 12th of May.
Northumberland's Farne Islands are home to more than 20 bird species, with the highlight being over 80,000 incredibly chrismatic puffins! Along with the puffin extravaganza, the islands' other species include arctic terns, guillemots, razorbills, shags, kittiwakes, eider ducks, plus grey seals basking in the sun by the water's edge. More info can be found at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands/features/wildlife-calendar
Saturday 8th of May: Leave London 9am, arrive Bamburgh ~ 5pm, sunset at Bamburgh Castle.
SUnday 9th of May: Day trip via boat to Staple and Inner Farne Islands (9am-4pm), sunset at Dunstanburgh Castle
Monday 10th of May: Day trip via boat to Staple and Inner Farne Islands (9am-4pm), sunset at Bamburgh Castle
Tuesday 11th of May: Day trip via boat to Staple and Inner Farne Islands (9am-4pm), sunset at either Bamburgh or Dunstanburgh Castle
Wednesday 12th of May: Return to London
We have an amazing 5 bedroom 4 bathroom house that can normally accomodate up to 10 people...just for us! All within minutes walk of Bamburgh Castle!
Accommodation allocated on a first come/first served basis. Price supplement for particular bedrooms in brackets.
Bedroom 1: Double bed and en-suite with walk-in shower and toilet. (+£150)
Bedroom 2: Twin share - male. (Dion + .......) (+£0)
Bedroom 3: Twin share - female. (+£0)
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet (Jack and Jill, shared with bedrooms 2 and 3).
Bedroom 4: With zip and link super kingsize bed & en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet. (+150)
Bedroom 5: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath and toilet. (+150)
Telephoto lens - eg 300mm+
Walk around//mid range/kit lens – eg 18-55mm, 24-70mm
Wide angle lens eg 16-35mm, 17-40mm (optional as landscapes subjects in distance)
Don't have a telephoto lens? We'll have 3 telephoto setups available (please let me know at time of booking). We also have 2 x branded 1.4x (Canon & Nikon) and 2.0x for (Nikon) available.
Tripod (for landscapes). Note: Tripods/monopods/gimbal not usually required on islands unless you have a large telephoto lens and unable to handhold it. Most photographers, myself included, feel that taking the extra equipment is not really worth the hassel due to limited space on the boat and island paths.
Filters (for landscapes). I'll have some kits available (please mention at time of booking).
Return transport from London, plus transport in Northumbria to/from boats & castles.
Accommodation: An entire beautiful house in Bamburgh! (self catering - restaurants & shops 5 min walk!)
Boat fees and National Trust landing fees (see price below as discount for National Trust members)
Photographic tuition on location
Camera and lens setups to borrow if required.
Food and drink
1) Boat captain's decision to delay if adverse weather conditions is beyond our control (which is why we go for 3 full days just in case).
£750 + National Trust islands landing fees & boat tickets (£120 for National Trust members, £240 for non-members) + any supplement for larger bedroom/ensuite.
(£50 through Meetup/Paypal and balance via bank transfer to complete booking, payable within 7 days).