Thursday, 6 August 2015


Our most excellent host Alan offered us transport while on the island, which was very helpful, saying as my legs aren't the most reliable of things.

Rathlin is unique as an island in Ireland as it has 3 lighthouses.  The most visited one is at the place where the RSPB bird sanctuary is, to the west of the island.  This is also unique as it is upside-down - well, the light is at the bottom of the structure, if you see what I mean.

To the East of the island we have, um, the East Lighthouse.  Hilary reliably informed me it is well known to be haunted - and she herself has heard footsteps when inside once.  She also mentioned the strange lights which sometimes can be seen coming towards you on the single-track road which leads to it...apparently the lights never reach you.  Spooky...

East Lighthouse, Rathlin Island
Towards the other end of the island, the bit nearest Ballycastle, we have the South Lighthouse.  We drove over there in the evening, just as the sun was going down.

South Lighthouse, Knocklayde in the background
You can just about make out Knocklayde in the background with an interesting cloud formation on top.  It really is a beautiful place, very peaceful, with only a few seals for company.

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