One hundred and thirty-eight steps take you from the cobble beach to the top of the island. From there you can walk on a board-walk to the lighthouse and chapel and gift shop, or take a right to the famous Albatross monument, dedicated to all the sailors who have lost their lives in this area. An old belief held that albatrosses were occupied by the souls of dead sailors, and it was thus very bad luck to kill an albatross. This was a major theme in the well-known poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by the 18th century English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
God save thee, ancient Mariner,
From the fiends that plague thee thus! -
Why look'st thou so? With my crossbow
I shot the Albatross."