Get ready to flock to Rathlin Island
Thursday, 30 March 2017
STUNNING scenery and wonderful wildlife are just two reasons to visit the RSPB's Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre which will re-open its doors on Saturday, 1 April.
Northern Ireland's only inhabited offshore island is home to around 150 residents but in spring and summer the 'population' explodes, as tens of thousands of seabirds come ashore and nest on the craggy cliff stacks.
The Seabird Centre offers a close-up view of the spectacular seabird colony and, as the numbers grow throughout the season, the sight, sound (and smell!) is like nothing else!
Last year more than 17,000 people flocked to see this amazing spectacle, with almost half of all visitors coming from outside the UK.
As well as the nature spectacle, visitors were delighted to be able to explore the unique 'upside-down' west lighthouse for the first time. With its lamp glowing red at the foot (to allow for the dense, low fog that sometimes shrouds the island), the lighthouse has been restored to give visitors an idea of what island life was like in years gone by.
Along with 11 other lighthouses around the Irish coast, Rathlin West Light is one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, all of which offer unforgettable experiences.
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