From the harbour at Seahouses you can book a boat trip to the Farne Islands.
The Farne Islands are famous for seabirds and seals not to mention shipwrecks - the most notable being the wreck of the 'SS Forfarshire' in 1838 which catapulted Grace Darling, the daughter of the lighthouse keeper to almost celebrity status in Victorian England, after she and her father rowed through treacherous seas to rescue 9 people stranded on the rocks.
Today the lighthouse is unmanned but the boat crew will point out the bedroom window through which Grace spotted the survivors and recount the story for their passengers.
The islands are home to many varieties of seabirds, my favourite being the Puffin. You can walk around and be literally inches away from some of them and they will simply sit there and watch you, however, during the nesting season the Terns can be aggressive so it is advisable to wear/ take a hat as they may divebomb unsuspecting visitors!
Grey seals are also in abundance and the wardens told us that they sometimes see dolphins and had even seen a killer whale (they keep a list of sightings at the information centre).
There are many islands but only two which can be set foot upon (owned by the National Trust). Admission is free for National Trust members.
The boat trip was around UK 10 and the admission to the islands was UK 2.70 (price varies according to time of year)
Grace Darling was the daughter of the Keeper of the Longstone lighthouse, on the Farne Islands.
In 1838 there was a storm, and the steamer 'Forfarshire' was cast upon the Hancar rocks.
Its survivors clung to the rocks and, as the dawn light broke, Grace saw them (at first she thought they were seals).
Only Grace and her father were in the lighthouse, far from shore. But she persuaded him to take their rowing boat out into the treacherous sea, still in storm conditions, helping him to row. Together, they saved the thirteen survivors.
Grace was a teenager at the time.
Her bravery, and that of her father, resulted in them being nationally honoured.
But Grace died only four years later, from tuberculosis.
The Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh tells the story, as does the Lifeboat museum above the lifeboat station and the Seahouses Heritage Museum.
UK lifeboats are not funded by the government (amazingly).
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity. It is funded by contributions from the public.
Lifeboats are staffed by volunteers, who leave their places of work when an emergency arises.
They risk their lives to save others, for no reason other than it is the right thing to do.
Seahouses has a small museum above its lifeboat station. Visit it. Make a donation.
Make a donation even if you do not visit.
It's a proper harbour, with working fishing boats as well as pleasure craft.
So there is almost always something going on, and always something interesting to look at.
The harbour pier goes out quite a long way, so in rough weather you can get good views of the waves crashing over the harbour fortifications.
Really rather exciting. :-)
There are so many birds to see, and so many seals. They are used to the boats, so you can get really close to them.
My trip stopped at the island with the Longstone lighthouse, from where Grace Darling made her famous rescue. She was an incredibly brave girl....look her up.
There are several trip operators with huts down on the harbour pier. Billy Shiels is the longest-operating family firm: http://www.farne-islands.com/
Well worth organising, but you'll have to book ahead in the height of summer....Seahouses is a popular holiday destination.
It cost £30 for two adults and two kids for the one and a half hour boat trip around the Farne Islands.
Check what is in season to see or you might be disappointed. I would have loved to see the Puffins but they had upped and left when we went, lots of cheeky grey seals however.
We used ' Serenity' for our trip, good explanation from the skipper of whats what.