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Rathlin Seabird Spectacle

From 30 April to 4 September

  • Binoculars and telescopes for hire
  • Staff on hand to help
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets
Razorbill with chick on nest ledge

Image: Stuart Elsom

The fish will only catch a glimpse of our white striped bills as we knife through the water to catch our dinner. We are at home in the sea and only come to shore at this time of year to breed.

Don't miss us razorbills on the spring-summer cruises from Ballycastle to the spectacular seabird city at Rathlin Island.

The 100 year old lighthouse boasts a fantastic backdrop for one of Northern Ireland's largest seabird colonies. With puffins, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags, guillemots all there to be seen.

Inland, look out for Northern Ireland's only chough and the elusive blue eyed Rathlin hare before finishing off at the harbour with the playful seals.

When can you see us?

The Rathlin centre is open 10am till 5pm weather permitting. For more information on booking a ferry and for a timetable please visit the Rathlin-Ballycastle Ferry site.

How to find us

Ferry from Ballycastle Harbour

What should I bring?

Appropriate clothing and footwear. There are 89 steps from the top of the cliff face to the viewing platform. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Still got some questions?

Telephone: 02820 760062

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