Boats, birds, Bruce & bread

Day 31 of #65daysofsummer

I’m ashamed to say that it has taken me 9 years to make it to Rathlin. 😔 I’m not great on boats and so many people have told me stories of bad crossings that I’ve dragged my heels for a very long time.

That all changed today though at 12 o’clock.

I was definitely apprehensive about the crossing but the view from the boat and our excited children distracted me well. We hopped on the bus to the West lighthouse and RSPB reserve where we were lucky enough to see puffins, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes in their hundreds, possibly thousands. I was blown away by the sights, sounds and smells (!) and it has reignited the ornithologist in me. I shall be digging out my bird books and binoculars over the coming days.

On our way back from the lighthouse we stopped off at the museum and also caught a glimpse of some seals basking on the beach. A really great mix of nature and local history that captured the imagination of the whole family.

There are so many trails to walk, bikes to hire and beautiful scenery to discover so if you haven’t made it over yet or haven’t been in a while, make a few hours to do so. You’ll not regret it.

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