Rathlin Island Birdwatching

Lying off the Causeway Coast of Antrim, Rathlin Island is a haven for gannets, gulls, larks and lapwings. The RSPB run a Visitor’s Centre near Bull Point, at the west end of the island. This Seabird Centre is based at former lighthouse buildings and offers spectacular views on the sea stacks of Kebble Nature Reserve.

Whether you are a bird enthusiast or just want to appreciate the beauty of this unspoiled, rugged part of the Northern Ireland coast, this is an ideal day out. However, please note this is a natural site with unimproved paths and trails with over eighty stairs to negotiate to visit a viewing platform. This site, therefore, may not be suitable for all visitors. Please contact the reserve for further information.

**Please note that the RSPB Seabird Centre will not be open to the public during the 2014 season. It will re-open for business in April 2015. This is to facilitate an upgrade to visitor facilities at the centre.


NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Follow signed Sustrans route from Rathlin harbour, approximately four miles away. The last half mile is rough track. Ferry from Ballycastle, Co Antrim. Minibus (private) service and bicycle hire available on the island. Walking Trail Guide available.
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