Rathlin Island is an island off the coast of County Antrim accessed by Ferry from Ballycastle. Rathlin is the only inhabited offshore island of Northern Ireland, with a rising population of now just over 100 people, and is the most northerly inhabited island off the coast of Ireland.
The ferry to Rathlin Island travels just six miles across the "Sea of Moyle". In the harbour is the Boathouse, where visitors can discover some of the exciting history, learn about present day island life and see some artefacts from shipwrecks around the island. A short walk around to Mill Bay there is a colony of seals, who are fun to just sit and watch! At the other side of the harbour are two churches where visitors can sit quietly or just admire the architecture. At the west of the island is the renowned RSPB Seabird Centre, where puffins, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes can be viewed during the summer months. It is also home to some magnificent views, on clear days Donegal, the North Antrim coastline, the island of Islay and the Mull of Kintyre can be seen. Throughout the year special occasions are celebrated with ceilidhs. Music, song and dance remain at the heart of the community life.
When visiting Rathlin Island, Ballygally Castle Hotel is the perfect place to stay.
For more information and Ferry times please visit www.rathlinballycastleferry.com