Rathlin Island Walking Tours
with Paul Quinn
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June 2008

The Summer Solstice beckons and I am over on the 14th to volunteer. Near the caravan swallows and house martins have young and fly around at all hours of the day. Underneath the martins’ nest, the ground is starting to go green. Visitors are in abundance and the ferry disgorges organised groups. These are generally very focussed folk. Birdwatchers have telescopes and the idea here seems to be that size matters. I always take a sly look at their binoculars to see how expensive they are. Walkers have poles, but I am not interested in the price of poles. If you confiscated their respective items of equipment, they would be indistinguishable, because they all wear boots and the sort of clothes that you have to go to a specialist shop to buy.

 

The walk through Kebble to get to the Viewpoint is always a pleasure but this is particularly so when skylark and meadow pipits are singing overhead. Over the lake lapwing are displaying and are highly visible. I hope that they manage to rear some chicks. And on the other side of the road, is there really a Viking longship and warrior buried beneath that big hummock? I think that there could be, but why drag him all the way up here? Maybe idle Vikings enjoyed a good view same as the rest of us.
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