Westlight Lighthouse Restoration

Rathlin Island

Historic Building Restoration

Commissioner of Irish Lights

Build Only

Restoration and upgrade work to the historic Westlight ‘upside-down’ Lighthouse, on Rathlin Island.

The works included internal and external sympathetic repairs and restorative works to Lighthouse, together with provision of new tourist information facilities, a café, data board, outdoor seating, pathways and signposting.

The overarching objectives of the project were to:

  • Boost the tourism industry in Rathlin (the mainstay of the local economy & so vital to promotion of local social sustainability)
  • Protect & grow the local ecosystem – Rathlin has a rare, untamed beauty. The wildlife is evident before you even step ashore – the ferry crossing presents many opportunities to spot auks, gannets & gulls, porpoises & dolphins. Seals & eider ducks laze around the harbour most of the year.
  • Enhance knowledge & learning through the restoration of the lighthouse (making it suitable for public tours.

These have been achieved, beyond all expectation.