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  Just six miles north of Ballycastle, Co. Antrim and fourteen miles from the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland is Rathlin Island.

  One side of its distinctive L-shape is four miles long, the other three and at its widest point it is only one mile across. Most of the coastline is cliff and few trees exist on the island.

        Rathlin, looking towards Fair Head       Looking towardsFair Head

  Rathlin has a winter population of approx. seventy hardy souls, boosted by its many visitors - divers, 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.

                   Seals in Mill Bay                         Seals in Mill Bay

 The island is reached by the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Ballycastle to Church Bay and there are at least two return sailings per day all year round with additional sailings in the summer months. The journey takes 45 minutes.

Rathlin Ferry returning to Ballycastle          Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry

 Around Church bay there is a diving centre, pub, guesthouse and the Boathouse Centre with its exhibition, books and brochures. A backpackers hostel is due to open shortly and the Manor House is being restored by the National Trust to provide additional accommodation and facilities.

        The Harbour, Church Bay                       The Harbour, Church Bay








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