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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Seal pup on Longstone
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated December 05, 2019 13 0 5
Huge numbers of seal pups are being born on the islands this year.
Puffins on Inner Farne
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated May 20, 2019 122 0 5
The Puffins and Dolphins are showing off!
The Trinity House lads
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips April 28, 2019 238 0 5
The puffins are pairing up!
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GG Golden Gate Boat Trips March 15, 2019 162 0 5
We're back and so are the puffins!
Bright winter sunshine.
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated January 28, 2019 204 0 5
H,R.H. The Princess Royal visited the Longstone this month!
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GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated December 21, 2018 221 0 4
Even though the season's over it's been a busy time this month.
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GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated November 14, 2018 249 0 5
Remembrance Sunday and moving the Trinity House lads has made for a busy but rewarding week.
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GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated September 29, 2018 268 0 5
Wel that was a busy two weeks and no mistake.
Sunset on Longstone
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated September 08, 2018 261 0 4
Grace Darling's Anniversary and our first sunset cruise made for an interesting week.
George and Alexander
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated August 18, 2018 308 0 3
Puffins leave, POINTLESS arrives!
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GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated July 29, 2018 266 0 3
The Puffins are leaving so be quick!
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GG Golden Gate Boat Trips July 14, 2018 282 0 6
Well it's been a strange week.
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GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated June 24, 2018 299 0 3
Seals, signs and huge doggies!
George and Elizabeth
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated June 18, 2018 342 0 3
A descendent of William Darling
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GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated June 15, 2018 367 0 3
Marine life around the islands.
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GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated June 08, 2018 350 0 3
Where to watch puffins and other visitors.
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GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated June 01, 2018 290 0 3
A brief guide to where's the best place to watch seals and when.
Where to see Puffins
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated May 21, 2018 721 0 3
A brief guide on how to see Puffins!
Inner Farne - Europe's Galapagos?
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated May 20, 2018 319 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 Updated May 19, 2018 337 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 364 0 3
We host the launch of Northumberland Day 2018
Lighthouse
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated May 16, 2018 353 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 Updated May 16, 2018 364 0 1
Here's a quick update on the puffin situation
Wildlife around the Farnes
GG Golden Gate Boat Trips Updated May 11, 2018 338 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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