Only inhabited island off the coast of Northern Ireland. Fantastic views of north Irish coast from Fair Head to Malin and to Kintyre peninsula and Islay.
Great mix of protected wildilfe habitats from shore to heather moorland in just 4 miles (90 minutes) walk to the RSPB viewpoint at west lighthouse - to see puffins and thousands of seabirds on dramatic cliff site.
Kinramer cottage camping barn (hostel) situated en route on organic farm for restorative, restful nights and good craic.
6 miles off shore from Ballycastle, Co Antrim. Ferry: Cal Mac tel 028 207 69299.
Rathlin Island is wonderful at any time, but there aren't many seabirds nesting on Boxing Day. Better save your visit until May and spend Boxing Day walking the mile-long Ballycastle strand, or the paths around Fair head if more energetic.
A beautiful and historic island reached by a short ferry crossing from Ballycastle, County Antrim.
A haven for wildlife, get the bus to the RSPB centre on the west of the island where you can enjoy watching nesting seabirds (including kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills) on the spectacular cliffs. Give the bus a miss and return to the port on foot. The four mile walk is great and you can enjoy a rewarding Guinness overlooking the bay when you arrive. If you wander east from the port you may see seals basking in the sun on the beaches in summer.
Rathlin Island has a fascinating and rich history and is a real gem in the wonderful north of Ireland.
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