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Let us take you to Rathlin Island. A world away for a day.


Amidst the rugged landscape of this beautiful island, let your mind wander and discover a tranquillity and beauty that is so unexpected.


The ferry to Rathlin Island travels just six miles across the Sea of Moyle. This island is six miles long, one mile wide, "L" shaped and home to a slowly increasing population of around 140 people.


A short walk from the harbour is the Boathouse Visitor Centre, where visitors can discover some of the exciting history, learn about present day island life and see some artefacts from shipwrecks around the island. Enjoy many of the walks the Island has to offer including along the shore to Mill Bay where you may see some of the resident seals basking or at play. Cycle hire is another way to enjoy the Island or walk until your heart is content.

From April to July is puffin season so don't miss the opportunity to see them along with lots of other sea birds. The re-furbished seabird centre is open to the public from Easter with the added bonus of being able to explore a real working lighthouse which is now part of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland tour.

Many tales of myth and mystery surround Rathlin; perhaps the most famous tells of Robert the Bruce. In 1306, the Scottish King was driven from Scotland by Edward I of England and took refuge on Rathlin where he watched a spider persevering again and again to bridge a gap with its web. Eventually it succeeded. Taking heart from the spider's efforts, he returned to Scotland and eventually regained his crown. 


The island has a range of accommodation to suit different needs, a pub, restaurant, community shop and gift shop, offering Rathlin produced crafts. ‘Breakwater Studio’ features the work of local artist Yvonne Braithwaite.

Guided Walks


There are guided walking tours on Rathlin every Sunday from April to August and these are operated by; 

1) Suitable for couples privately .

2) Suitable for groups between 4 and 12 people

1) This tour lasts for approx one and a half hours. 

2) This tour can be booked directly with City and Causeway and at local Visitors information centres. Booking in advance is essential.

3) This tour costs £15.00 per person for a private tour 

4) This tour price is reduced to £10.00 per person in groups of more than 2 people. 

General guided walks the rest of the week: 

Rathlin Walking Tours

Rathlin Island is a walker's paradise. The roads are mainly well-surfaced and they aren’t too busy, while you can also walk off road in permitted areas. Your guide is Paul Quinn, a native of the Causeway Coast and a keen explorer of the history and heritage of his local area who has built up an intimate knowledge of the island and its way of life through exploration and study. Walk options range from 90 minutes to a full day. Advance booking is essential and the details of your itinerary will be agreed at that point. Highlights Close encounter with wildlife Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences Get inside tips from a local Get up-close to native wildlife Informative, friendly and professional guide

Read more about Rathlin Island Walking Tour 2018 - Northern Ireland at:


Food Tour with Irish Feast Tours

3 fun hours discovering the foodie secrets of Rathlin Island.

​A truly unique experience and fun day out!

£30 per person
3 hours
4 stops
​Local, artisan foods
​Picnic in a local Kelp store overlooking the ocean (with Rathlin Red ale!) 
Meet 3 owners and chefs
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