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Rathlin Island lies 5.5 miles off the coast of Ireland. Situated just off the coast of Ballycastle it is home to one of the largest bird sanctuaries in Northern Ireland. An island steeped in history and folklore, it is the perfect spot for a family day out!


The Story of Rathlin Island
  • Visit Rathlin with a Tour Guide and learn about the island's history and stunning wildlife
  • Visit RSPB's Bird Sanctuary and enjoy watching hundreds of beautiful sea birds - puffins most likely included!
  • Take a two-hour, guided walking tour around the island and visit the local museum.

Catch a glimpse

A Day in Rathlin Island

What to expect?

A Day in Rathlin Island

Many tales of myth and mystery surround Rathlin. Perhaps the most famous tells of Robert the Bruce - in 1306 the Scottish King was driven from Scotland by Edward I of England and took refuge on Rathlin, where he watched a spider persevering repeatedly to bridge a gap with its web. Eventually it succeeded. Taking heart from the spider's efforts, he returned to Scotland and eventually regained his crown.

On this 3-hour tour of Rathlin Island you will learn about this and other stories, while enjoying the stunning beauty of its landscapes and amazing bird life. We will take the 11am ferry from Ballycastle and spend a full day at Rathlin in which we will visit RSPB's bird sanctuary, take a two-hour circular walking tour of the island, have lunch and even stop for a visit at Rathlin's local museum

Price and optionals

A Day in Rathlin Island
  •   From: € 60.00 per person

Important info

A Day in Rathlin Island
  •   Duration: Full day
  •   Effort: Active
  •   Skills required: Beginner
  •   Difficulty level: Very easy
  •   Languages spoken:
  •   Minimum booking (n_ of participants): 1
  •   Maximum booking (n_ of participants): 16

This tour is a full day departing Ballycastle at 11am and returning at 4.15pm.

Please note that at least 4 participants are required for the trip to run. 

Price is inclusive of ferry, bird sanctuary visit and bus and a 2hr circular walking tour, including a stop at the museum.

Suitable footwear and clothing to be worn, please bring cash as ATM's are limited, excursions are subject to sailing - weather permitting.

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A Day in Rathlin Island


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Nine Glens Walking Tours

Nine Glen Walking Tours offer bespoke walking tours in the Glens of Antrim, including Rathlin Island.

Nine Glens Walking Tours
Ballinagard Road 30 BT54 6PW
Ballycastle Co Antrim Northern Ireland (Causeway Coast and Glens) (UK)


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