A waymarked route through Kebble Nature Reserve, taking in the north of the island with stunning views of dramatic sea cliffs and of Scotland beyond.
Start Point:D100 511
Finish Point:D100 511
Point of interest:Kebble Cottage, Kebble Nature Reserve, Lack Point, Kinramer Wood
Nearest town:Rathlin Harbour
Getting to the start by public transport:Take the ferry from Ballycastle Harbour to Rathlin. The ferry goes several times throughout the day in the summer and winter.
The ferry is operated by Rathlin Island Ferries, for travel times call 028 2076 9299 or visit the website at the link below.
Terrain:open hillside and farm track
Route:Follow the road to your left leading west from the harbour. Turn right by the church and up the Church Brae to the chapel. Follow the road to the left and continue on this for 5km until reaching Kebble Cottage on the right hand side. 100m to the right when looking at Kebble Cottage is a wooden gate with green waymarkers attached. Follow these waymarkers for the rest of the route. Continue along the rough track and open ground until reaching a style in the right hand corner of the field. Cross the style and continue across the open hillside following waymarkers and making your way to the cliff top. Follow the fence to the right and climb up the steep slope to enjoy amazing views of dramatic sea cliffs. Continue following the cliff top to the right. The route now heads back inland, follow the waymarkers on the cairns heading back along the edge of Kinramer Wood. Following the edge of a wet area the trail turns right across a section of boardwalk through some conifers. From the top of the small bank head left towards and through a wooden farm gate. Follow the arrows on cairns to your left around a small pond and along a low cliff top before rejoining the road. Turn right and follow the road back to Kebble cottage.
This route can be extended by combining it with the Kebble Cliff Walk.
Please note that there may be livestock present on this trail.
Facilities:Pub, small shop, cafe (seasonal)
Publication:Rathlin Island Walking Leaflet
Publication availability:Available at the Ferry Terminal, on the ferry, or can be downloaded on this page.