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A must-visit for unrivalled views of Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony and a chance to explore Rathlin's unique 'upside down' lighthouse.
Top Reasons To Visit
- A seabird spectacular like no other
- Access to the unique West Lighthouse
- A taste of island life just six miles from the north coast
- A chance to explore Rathlin, NI's only inhabited island
Rathlin West Light
As well as the amazing wildlife spectacle, visitors to the Seabird Centre can explore the lighthouse itself. Situated at the heart of the colony, it is a spectacular feat of engineering, clinging to the cliff face with the lantern gleaming red at its foot.
Visitors can access this unique, fully operational lighthouse and learn about its history, its people and the role of Irish Lights in maritime safety today.
Along with 11 other lighthouses around the Irish coast, Rathlin West Light is part of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland Trail - all of which will offer unforgettable experiences and create a deep appreciation of the role of lighthouses and the seafaring story of the island of Ireland.
The Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre is open from 10am until 5pm every day from Easter until the end of September. Please visit www.rathlinballycastleferry.com to book your ferry crossing.
Please note that while the main visitor centre is accessible, there is an 89 step descent to the viewing platform and a similar number of steps down through the lighthouse.
For more information about the Seabird Centre, visit the website. To find out more about the Great Lighthouses of Ireland Trail, visit www.greatlighthouses.com.
Opening Hours and Prices
- Free for RSPB members
- Adults: £5
- Children and concessions: £2.50.
The Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre is open every day from:
- 24 March - 16 September 2018.
- 24 March – 30 April 2018: 11am - 4pm
- 1 May - 31 August 2018: 10am - 5pm
- 1 – 16 September 2018: 11am - 4pm.