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Scarlett Visitor Centre and Nature Trail

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

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.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Limestone pavement, Marine

Nearby nature reserves

Ballalough Reedbeds
1 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust
Earystane
4 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust
Ballachurry
4 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Scarlett Visitor Centre and Nature Trail
Castletown
Isle of Man
Map reference
SC 258664
Great for...
a family day out
geological interest
Best time to visit
May - Sep
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open from the end of May to the end of September, 2-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Facilities
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Access
Yes

Parking
Car park on the approach to the Centre
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Manx Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01624 844432
enquiries@manxwt.org.uk