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About Us

About Us

Welcome to Dave Gray’s Puffin Cruises, a family run business operating boat trips out to Coquet Island, sailing from the dock steps at Amble harbour for over 40 years.

A sea bird paradise situated about a mile from Amble harbour, the island is the home to 40,000 nesting sea birds such as; Puffins, rare Roseate Terns, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Artic Terns, Kittiwakes and Eider ducks which all nest here in the summer months.

Also a Grey Seal colony which stays at the island all year round is seen on the east side of the island. The islands rich marine life can be viewed aboard our two vessels.

F.A.Q’s

Q: Can we bring our dog on board?

A: Yes of course you can as long as your dog is sat and on a lead.

Q: What birds do you normally see with Puffin Cruises?

A: Puffins, rare Roseate Terns, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Artic Terns, Kittiwakes and Eider ducks which all nest here in the summer months. Also a Grey Seal colony which stays at the island all year round is seen on the east side of the island.

Q: How long does a trip normally last?

A: We operate on an hour trip window, so we leave then head out to open waters near ther island then return back in approximatly 1 hours time.

Q: How many trips do you do in a day?

A: We are tide dependaant due to the River Coquet tides. WE usually run at least 3 times a day, sometimes even in the evening so not only will you see the Puffins, Sea Lions but also the sun set as well, and not forgetting the amazing sun set over the Amble.

Q: Whats your prices for trip aboad?

A: Adults are £20, Children over 3 are £15 and little ones under 3 are of course FREE.

Q: Can we go on the Island?

A: Birds are everywhere on Coquet Island and the walls and gardens are home to several hundred nesting Eider Ducks. For this reason, the island is designated as a sanctuary and the public are not allowed to land on it.

Q: Who owns the island?

A: Coquet Island is owned by the Duke of Northumberland and was bought by his family in 1753.

Q: Is there someone on the island 24 hours a day?

A: The island is uninhabited in winter, but seasonal wardens are present throughout the summer to protect the nesting birds.

Q: How many boats do you run?

A: We run 2 boats, 1 is called G Fisher III and the second one is called Rachel K. Both boats can comfortably accomodate upto 12 people. Our skippers forthese boats are David Gray and Steven Banks.