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The Farne Islands lie off the coast of Northumberland and are owned and looked after by the National Trust. Chris has been coming here in search of puffins, guillemots and dolphins for years. A few boat companies operate from Seahouses, the village on the mainland – we took Billy Shiel’s full day trip (www.farne-islands.com) to travel to Staple Island and Inner Farne, the two islands on which visitors are allowed. A day’s boat trip costs £36 per person, and there’s also a National Trust charge of £6.80 on each island in high season. The islands are open to visitors from 1 April-31 October. Other locations to find puffins in the summer include Skomer in Wales and Fair Isle in Scotland.