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!

by Golden Gate Boat Trips     Updated December 05, 2019 13 0 5
Seal pup on Longstone

Huge numbers of seal pups are being born on the islands this year.

by Golden Gate Boat Trips     Updated May 20, 2019 122 0 5
Puffins on Inner Farne

The Puffins and Dolphins are showing off!

by Golden Gate Boat Trips     April 28, 2019 238 0 5
The Trinity House lads

The puffins are pairing up!

by Golden Gate Boat Trips     March 15, 2019 162 0 5
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We're back and so are the puffins!

by Golden Gate Boat Trips     Updated January 28, 2019 204 0 5
Bright winter sunshine.

H,R.H. The Princess Royal visited the Longstone this month!

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