Are you planning a visit to Rathlin Island? Are you interested in walking or birdwatching? Then why not join Paul Quinn, an experienced walking guide, who can help guide you round the beautiful sights and sounds of Rathlin.
Paul offers friendly, no rush walking tours of the island to suit all abilities. Paul has a wide knowledge of Rathlin's birdlife, plantlife and rich history. His stories and observations will help you to appreciate this wild and spectacular island.
A selection of walks are available for group sizes from 2 to 40 persons. Walking is mainly on roads or established tracks. Paul has local links on the island and would be delighted to help you plan your visiting arrangements.
There are three standard walk options. If there's somewhere in particular that you want to visit, just say and we'll see what we can do. For the half-and full- day options a packed lunch often helps to make best use of time. Alternatively, I can sometimes provide a simple snack in exchange for a donation
Mill Bay Meander
All on surfaced roads, at a gentle pace with a few inclines. xpect to see seals and shorebirds (perhaps curlew, oystercatcher and gulls). We will pass old buildings and hear their story. Shipwrecks didn't just happen in the days of sail... you'll hear about dramatic events in 1917 and also as recently as 29th January 2007. Lasts just over an hour and children welcome.
£4 adult, under 12s free, minimum charge £30.
The Rue and Roonivoolin
On a combination of surfaced roads and designated trails. Different permutations available, please ask. The Rue and Roonivoolin will allow you to cover about half the island. You could see the East Lighthouse and hear about Robert the Bruce and his cave-mate Seamus the spider. Make tracks to the lonely Coastguard Lookout and along the way, hopefully see buzzard, raven, gannet and guillemots. Or walk the cliffs at Roonivoolin, keeping an eye out for chough, peregrine and Irish Hare. Lasts around four hours. The pace is unhurried, but prepare to get muddy at times!
£8 adult only, minimum charge £75.
On a combination of surfaced roads and designated trails. Good chance of covering many parts of this boomerang-shaped island. In late Spring see orchids and maybe the rare Pyramidal Bugle. See Harebells, Lady's Bedstraw and Eyebright throughout the Summer season. Add a visit to an important Stone Age site on the island, subject to landowner's consent. Lasts around seven hours and, as before, at an unhurried pace.
£12 adult only, minimum charge £130. We might use an island minibus - it allows us to cover more ground. The minibus operates separately from the walks and costs around £5pp. It can be used to travel to and/or from the Seabird Centre. It is subject to the operator's agreement and availability on the day.
For groups of 10+ and returning and corporate customers, please contact me for best rates. For all options, minimum charges apply without exception.
Cost of ferry travel to/from Ballycastle and food/drink is excluded.
Advance booking essential.
***Please note that the RSPB Seabird Centre on Rathlin 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.