Scarlett

Kath Smith

Scarlett Visitor Centre and Nature Trail

Outstanding coastal scenery, spectacular limestone and volcanic rock-formations, great spring flowers and plenty of birds to see

Location

Scarlett Visitor Centre and Nature Trail
Castletown
A static map of Scarlett Visitor Centre and Nature Trail

Know before you go

Access

Yes

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Visitor centre
Shop

When to visit

Opening times

Open from the end of May to the middle of September, 2-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday

( Now closed for the winter season )

Best time to visit

May to September

About the reserve

The Visitor Centre stands between the quarry, source of the limestone which built Castletown, and the triple lime-kilns on the shore. Displaying maps, diagrams and data, the Centre introduces the complex geology and fossil remains of the Scarlett peninsula. A short film shows off the areas rich coastal flora and bird life. A marked Nature Trail explores these features on the ground, specifically the limestone pavements and volcanic rocks such as the Stack. This is an exhilarating walk at any season, especially when spring flowers including spring squill, thrift, bird’s foot trefoil and stonecrop, carpet the rocky outcrops and the turf. In addition to the many and varied seabirds of Castletown Bay, wheatears, stonechats and meadow pipits dart among the rocks in summer and the disused quarry lake attracts hawking swallows and martins.

Contact us

Manx Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01624 844432