BIRDING SPOT RE-OPENS AFTER A MAJOR REFURB
One of Northern Ireland’s best birding locations has re-opened to the public. The RSPB’S iconic Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre, one of our favourite birding spots in Northern Ireland, recently underwent a major refurbishment project, with a complete upgrade of the visitor centre, made possible by in excess of £600,000 worth of EU funding and investment by the Commissioners for Irish Lights. The refurbishment has also provided access to the 89 steps that lead to the ‘upside down’ lighthouse which clings to Rathlin’s cliffs, one of the 12 Great Lighthouses of Ireland. Rathlin, which lies north of Ballycastle, is Northern Ireland’s only inhabited offshore island, and is famous for its vast summertime seabird colonies, with tens of thousands of Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots and Kittiwakes jostling for nesting space on the cliffs.