Rathlin Island (Irish: Reachlainn) is an island off the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland.

The Rathlin Ferry Leaving Rathlin harbour heading for Ballycastle.


Get inEdit

By ferryEdit

Passenger and vehicle ferries run from Ballycastle around 5 times per day. There are restrictions on vehicles.

Get aroundEdit

The island is five miles long by three miles wide and can easily be explored on foot.

There is a single track road and a bus may be available from the ferry to the RSPB centre.

Bicycles can be hired from Soerneog View Hostel.


  • 1 RSPB Seabird Centre, BT54 6BT, +44 28 2076-0062. 10:00 to 16:00 daily from April to the end of August.. Viewpoint and 4 mile nature trail. Free, but donations welcome.
  • 2 Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre. 7 days a week 30 Mar – 15 Sep, 09:30 – 17:00. Closed for lunch 13:00 - 13:30. Council run visitor centre with historical exhibition Free.
Church of the Immaculate Conception


  • 1 Walk Rathlin Trail. Four-mile walk from Rathlin harbour to the West Lighthouse including the RSPB Seabird Viewpoint. The route is partly on the road and partly on paths.





Church Bay

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