Wildlife-watching campsites in Farne Islands National Nature Reserve

Seals and seabirds are the sole residents on these islands—part of the Northumberland Coast AONB.

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12 top campsites in Farne Islands National Nature Reserve with wildlife watching

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Walkmill Campsite

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Northumberland, North East England
Refreshingly understated private camping in the unspoiled Northumberland countryside
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Bamburgh Under Canvas

5 units · Glamping7 acres · Northumberland, North East England
Luxury Lotus Belle tent glamping with sweeping views, within walking distance of Bamburgh town and castle (and beach)
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£125
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Beirhope Alpacas

10 units · Tents1 acre · Kelso, Scotland
A small, off-grid campsite with alpacas in the historically rich southern Scottish borders
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£18
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Old Rectory Howick

2 units · Glamping2 acres · Alnwick, England
The Old Rectory is surrounded by farmland near to Howick Village. Close to the Northumberland Coast we are within walking distance of the Howick Hall Gardens and the seaside Village of Craster. Our Bell Tent and Shepherd's Hut allow you to get close to local wildlife including Hares and Rabbits. Roe deer, hedgehogs, pheasants and songbirds.
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£95
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Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping

53 units · Glamping, Tents500 acres · Hawick, Scottish Borders
Pick between the woods and the walled garden at this stunning Scottish Borders site
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£33
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Camping at Cardewlees

37 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Carlisle, England
A welcoming, family-run farm campsite between the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall
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Kestrel Lodge Camping

10 units · Tents4 acres · Keswick, Cumbria, North West England
A family-friendly Lake District campsite, nestled between the quiet shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and the beautiful Cumbrian fells
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Laverock Law Cottages and Glamping

1 unit · Glamping2 acres · Bamburgh, Northumberland, North East England
We are perfectly situated to explore both the Northumbrian Coastal area, including Holy Island , Bamburgh etc but also great for those who wish to discover the amazing Cheviot hills. Our site is managed organically and has won awards for sustainable tourism, itself a true escape and nature paradise.
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£150
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Otter Moss Accommodation

4 units · Glamping12 acres · Brampton, England
Otter Moss Accommodation offers a variety of upscale camping options suitable for couples, families, and groups. Nestled within a picturesque 12-acre former farm, the majority of the site surrounds a spacious meadow. Additionally, the site boasts a charming small lake featuring three islands and a rowing boat for leisurely water activities. Situated at the northern edge of the stunning Eden Valley, guests can enjoy sweeping views of the Cumbrian Fells, with visibility extending to the Solway Firth and the Lake District on clear days. The Lake District is a convenient 40-minute drive away, while various sections of Hadrian's Wall are even closer, reachable within a 15-minute drive. Carlisle and the M6 motorway to Scotland are both just 20 minutes away, with the picturesque market town of Brampton also within a 15-minute drive and offering its own attractions. Local pubs are plentiful in the area, with a diverse selection available within a five-mile radius. Accommodation units at Otter Moss come equipped with heating, kitchen utensils, and stoves, ensuring guests' comfort and convenience. Each unit also includes firepits or barbecues, as well as bedding and towels for a hassle-free stay.
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The Snug at Logie Farm

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Falkland, Fife, Central Scotland
Luxury glamping pods with all mod cons, with an elevated position overlooking the River Tay.
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£275
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Ewe Love Camping Pods

3 units · Glamping120 acres · Penrith, Cumbria, North West England
Modern Lake District glamping pods among the trees, with exceptional views of Blencathra
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£85
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Garrison Shepherd's Huts

4 units · Glamping10 acres · Bowness On Solway, England
Shepherd’s hut glamping near Hadrian’s Wall and the Solway Firth.
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Wildlife-watching campsites in Farne Islands National Nature Reserve guide

Overview

A cluster of rocky isles marooned off the coast of Northumberland; the Farne Islands National Nature Reserve is one of the UK’s most important seabird sanctuaries. Cruise out to the islands, head ashore to admire the views around Staple Island, or visit the medieval chapel and Victorian lighthouse on Inner Farne Island. Wildlife-watching opportunities are spectacular on the islands—there are more than 100,000 seabirds, including puffins, arctic terns, guillemots, and razorbills, as well as grey seals and Eider ducks. Campers will have to stay on the mainland, but there’s plenty of choice in the coastal AONB.

When to go

Boat tours run year-round, but it is only possible to land on the islands from March to September, May through July is the breeding season and the best time for bird-watching—ticket prices are higher during this period. By autumn, many of the birds have started their winter migration, but this is seal pupping season, with hundreds of pups born across the islands.

Know before you go

  • Boat tours sail to the Farne Islands from Seahouses along the Northumberland coast. There is parking in Seahouses, or else buses run from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick.
  • There is an admission charge to land on the islands, as well as a fee for boat tours. Tickets can be bought at Seahouses Harbour, and advance booking is recommended in peak season (May through August). Boat tours are occasionally cancelled if the weather is too rough.
  • The island’s Arctic Terns are notoriously defensive of their nests and have been known to dive-bomb the heads of passing walkers. Wear a hat if visiting during the breeding season!
  • There are restrooms and a gift shop on Inner Farne, but there are no other facilities on the islands, so bring everything you need with you. 
  • There is a boardwalk around Inner Farne Island that is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

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