Roonivoolin Rambles

The RSPB is urging everyone to put their best foot forward to experience the sights and sounds of Rathlin Island.

The Seabird Centre might be closed for refurbishment but there’s still plenty happening this spring and summer to delight visitors of all ages.

The first of a series* of Roonivoolin Rambles will take place from noon on Saturday, 10 May when expert guides from the RSPB will meet visitors at the front of the Manor House and take them on a walking tour of a very special part of the island.

The Roonivoolin reserve is home to lots of wonderful wildlife, including Northern Ireland’s only family of chough – a member of the crow family with a striking red bill and legs.

Along the way you might spot seals relaxing on the rocks at Mill Bay, hear the distinctive call of the stone-chat or spot little grebe hiding amongst the reeds.

As you turn south along the cliff edge, you’ll be close to ravens and peregrine falcons nesting on the ledges and can enjoy breathtaking views from Donegal right to the Ayrshire coast.

Please note that the five mile route takes in some hilly terrain and suitable footwear and waterproof clothing are advised.

Roonivoolin Rambles cost £5 for adults or £3 for RSPB members. Children under 14 go free!

Prices exclude ferry fare - visit www.rathlinballycastleferry.com to view sailing times and book your crossing.

Booking for this event is essential by calling 028 9049 1547 or emailing amy.ryan@rspb.org.uk.

This season the Rathlin Manor House is offering a special 10 per cent discount on a B&B stay for RSPB members. Call 028 2076 3964 or email info@rathlinmanorhouse.co.uk for more details.

*Roonivoolin Ramble dates: 10 May, 24 May, 7 June, 5 July, 19 July, 2 August, 16 August.