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Between Ballycastle and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland, Raithlin Island is eight miles long and barely one mile wide.
Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland
+44 28 2076 9299
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a super place had not been here since 1983 with my chums so we had a get together. You’re just in tranquility with great views and lovely walks. Well worth visiting

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most visitors to Rathlin usually stay overnight and rush around trying to see everything. We wanted something a bit more leisurely and as we have had experience with small islands, we know that there is much more to see that you would first expect. Rathlin...More

1  Thank mainlymazza
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Walking the roads on Rathlin is like walking in the ‘50’s of ‘60’s, virtually empty country lanes and stunning scenery. The bird sanctuary and upside down lighthouse are worth visiting (lots of steep steps!) and happy hours can be passed visiting the churches and visitor...More

1  Thank David W
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

I visited Rathlin at the end of September unaware that the bird life centre was closed and that most of the birds had gone. The walk was described as 4.5 miles and a 3 hour round trip. It is actually 9 miles for the round...More

2  Thank SGPete
Reviewed 20 September 2018

We really enjoyed our trip to the Island we where very lucky to get a lovely sunny day for our trip and loved walking around the island looking at the seals our son enjoyed the park and the beach also the pony rides. We also...More

1  Thank patricia C
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

I did catch wind that the puffins had fled the island already before I took my kids so I prepared them for that. They were disappointed at first but I said we would see other birds and seals- this was true 😃! I think it’s...More

Thank bogdana
Reviewed 7 September 2018

We were charged £5 per head to get on a bus to go and see Puffins. At the Puffin location we were charged another £5 per head to walk down 110 steep steps to the site. At the bottom we were told the Puffins have...More

8  Thank jlouise14
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Spent a great day here. Great sea crossing with Rathlin ferries (we saw dolphins!). We visited the sea bird centre and west lighthouse and got the Puffin Bus at the harbour. Our driver was very entertaining and we got a running commentary on Rathlin life/amenities...More

1  Thank smileyoreilly38
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

We caught the ferry over, smooth ride on smallish ferry. You can not take a car over to Island. We went to see the Puffins and were lucky enough to see some. Unfortunately they are not close and we needed a telescope and binoculars (...More

Thank Companion579893
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We went here for a day out with the kids (2 and 5). Lovely walks and beautiful scenery but make sure to get the bus around the island as it’s just too far to walk with small kids! The wee bar is so reasonably priced...More

Thank Ashley G
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30 July 2018|
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Response from chadz52 | Reviewed this property |
The trip on the Ferry as well as the Puffin bus should not be a problem. However, the steps down to a close up view are steep and many. I would bring some good binoculars so the view of the Puffins would allow a closer... More
18 May 2018|
Response from Marta Z | Reviewed this property |
1. rathlinballycastleferry . com You can book online here or via phone. When you arrive in Ballycastle, go to Ferry office and they will print tickets out for you. 2. Yes, Bird Sanctuary is on the west end of island. It... More
20 March 2018|
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Response from folliajuve | Reviewed this property |
I don't think it's necessary. Just be there at least one hour before the boat leaves. We were there in peak season and we didn't book. Book the hotel if you want to spend the night on the island.