Family Day Trip – Seahouses and the Farne Islands

IMG-20150921-WA0009A few months ago myself and Mr. Canny took a trip up the coast to visit Seahouses, a popular Northumbrian fishing village famous for its Fish & Chips. We went specifically to take a boat trip out to the Farne Islands, which is something he’d not done in the time he’s been a North East resident. The weather was horrid, and unfortunately all trips had been cancelled on this day. It wasn’t a total loss however, as we had a delightful trip to The Joiners Arms instead.


Waking on Saturday morning to clear blue skies I was resolute that we’d be making the trip, feeling that it may be the last chance we’d have to visit the area in clement weather. Although I had two very reticent boys to rouse out of bed, once we were on the road their mood thankfully changed. My last trip out to the Farne Islands was at the tender age of 10 with my primary school, so I was also keen.


We chose to take the Billy Shiel’s trip which lasts two and a half hours and includes an hour on the Inner Farne island. As National Trust members this was free for us, but be aware that if you aren’t this incurs an additional charge payable on landing. We paid £15 per adult and £10 for Jnr for the boat trip, which allowed us to view the grey seal colonies and follow the route Grace Darling and her father took during their intrepid rescue of the survivors of the Forfarshire.


The photos speak for themselves, and we had a fabulous time. It’s a shame we missed the nesting seabirds on Inner Farne, and have resolved to make an earlier trip next year to ensure we get to see the Eider Ducks and Puffins.


With all that fresh sea air we were hungry once back on dry land and headed straight for Pinnacles Fish and Chips, which have been a stalwart of the village for over 20 years. I’ve only had their food to take away, but we took the opportunity to sit in the retro restaurant area. It reminded me of Colman’s in South Shields before their makeover. Mr. Canny had the All Inclusive Special – Haddock and Chips, bread and butter, mushy peas and a cup of coffee – which was £9.95. I had their Corned Beef Patty and Chips, and Jnr opted for Cod and Chips. I was thrilled to get a bowl of batter on the side, which completes a chippy tea for me. The whole meal was just under £28 for the 3 of us with drinks, which was good value for money bearing in mind how stuffed we were. The boys still had space for their BOGOF ice creams though!


The food was great quality; the fish was fresh and flaky, the batter crisp. The only thing I wasn’t keen on was the gravy that accompanied my corned beef patties, which I felt lacked any discernible meaty flavour. Thank heavens for the Heinz Ketchup.


We had such a great day, which was helped by the glorious weather. Even Jnr got into the spirit of things, and we loved watching the grey seals swimming in the North Sea. We’d recommend a trip to Seahouses, and Pinnacles is a winning choice for grub.





Thanks for reading,

Pip x

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  1. North East Family Fun

    How wonderful is Seahouses. I think it’s the law that you need to get fish and chips when you visit! They do taste much better by the sea. We were going to take the kids to the Farne Islands this Summer but on the day we planned our trip there was a storm! Boooo! Will definitely visit next year x

  2. Eats

    Loved reading about your day out- lovely photos! I really fancy some chip shop chips now though- definitely your fault! ?

    Eats x


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