Rathlin West Lighthouse


1h 30min
With Rathlin West Light reached by boat, the seafaring excitement begins as soon as you leave the shores of Ballycastle. The island is not only home to this unique lighthouse, but also one of the largest seabird colonies in the UK. Every year thousands of seabirds return to breed here including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars and puffins. The sights and sounds of so many seabirds at such close quarters is an experience you’ll never forget and the RSPB NI team will be on hand to help you identify these winged wonders. On the idyllic island, Northern Ireland’s only pair of breeding great skua may also be spotted close to West Light. Known as Ireland’s only ‘upside down’ lighthouse, be sure to take a tour of it and embrace the views from its cliff-face vantage point to get a real insight into lightkeeping life. Whether you love wildlife, are a bit of a history buff or simply want to experience life on an island and feel the wind in your face, Rathlin West Light is the place for you.

Current opening times

Monday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


  • Paid Visit
  • Toilets
  • Food On Site
  • Families
  • Sightseeing
  • Heritage Sites
  • Kids
  • Solo Visitors
  • Friends
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Mature visitors
  • Nature Lovers
Entry to the Visitor Centre.

Contact details

  • Rathlin Lighthouse
  • Rathlin Island
  • Ballycastle
  • United Kingdom