Caledonian MacBrayne Limited

Rathlin is a small island off the north coast of Ireland that is accessed by passenger ferry from Ballycastle.

Rathlin was once home to 1000 residents although these days, in the winter months, the island has a population of approximately seventy. This number is boosted in summer by its many visitors made up of birdwatchers, botanists, sea-anglers and those who just want to get away from it all and admire it's rugged scenery and spectacular views, observe it's seals and explore its sea caves. Rathlin’s many wrecks also makes it a popular destination for divers.

All visitors must travel to Rathlin by foot as no cars are permitted on the island.

NB. As we do not have exact location information, this is a map of the local area.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre
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Contact Details

18 Bay View Road

Tel: (028) 2076 9299 (Ballycastle)
Fax: (028) 2076 9298 (Ballycastle)