Scarlett Nature Discovery Centre & Nature Trail

Type:Heritage / Visitor Centre

Scarlett Nature Discovery Centre & Nature Trail

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

The Nature Discovery 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 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.

The Scarlett Nature Discovery Centre, along with 24 nature reserves, is managed by Manx Wildlife Trust, the Island's leading nature conservation charity. For more details on our nature reserves and wildlife in the Isle of Man, please visit our website



  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Leisure Facilities

  • Shop

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Provider Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - On lead
Scarlett Point, Castletown, IM9 1TB
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Tel01624 844432

Opening Times

2023 (11 May 2023 - 10 Sept 2023)
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Sunday14:00 - 17:00

* The reserve and nature trail is open all year round.

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