Longstone and the Farnes

Born and bred in Seahouses with a father and grandfather who served on the lifeboat and with Scott Shiel, my grandfather, starting a boat trip company as far back as 1918 it was inevitable that a love of the sea and the history of our village would be in my blood.

I have sailed the waters around the Farne Islands ever since I was a young lad, working on the tourist boats and fishing boats before obtaining the licence from Trinity House to be the keeper for the three Farne Island lighthouses.

As well as a love of the wildlife a fascination of the history of these islands has always been with me and I feel both honoured and privileged to be the owner of the only boat to have access to Longstone Island and Grace Darling’s childhood home in the lighthouse.

I still carry on the tradition of Grace's father William as besides taking out visitors to the islands I can find myself moving the Trinity House engineers between the islands when they are carrying out maintenance work.

When all is said though the biggest kick I get is when picking visitors up from the bird sanctuaries on Inner Farne and Staple and seeing the smile on people’s faces after having seen their first puffin!

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Where to see Puffins
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A brief guide on how to see Puffins!
Inner Farne - Europe's Galapagos?
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips May 19, 2018 9   0   3  
Inner Farne and it's bird species are one of the world's greatest nature sites!
Secrets of The Lighthouse!
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips May 19, 2018 20   0   5  
The never ending secrets of the lighthouse our visitors discover!
Iron Age warriors in the Lighthouse!
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips May 18, 2018 47   0   3  
We host the launch of Northumberland Day 2018
Lighthouse
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips May 16, 2018 42   0   2  
How the light and present high tides at the moment are affecting trips to islands.
The Puffins are showing well!
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips May 15, 2018 49   0   1  
Here's a quick update on the puffin situation
Wildlife around the Farnes
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips May 11, 2018 20   0   1  
Well it’s been an interesting day today! Lots of gannets around but no sign unfortunately of the Orcas sighted yesterday. Our swallows still haven’t returned to their nest site...
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About George

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George was born and bred in Seahouses. With a love of the sea he has sailed the waters around the Farne Islands all his life. Now still taking visitors to the islands.

 

 

 

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George Shiel
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