Explore Rathlin Island

“Enjoy the scenic drive towards Bull Point and West Lighthouse before visiting the RSPB Rathlin Island Seabird Centre before returning to Ballycastle.”

Combining the stunning coastal route to Ballycastle harbour where you will set sail to the famous Rathin Island this is the route to take if you are looking for scenic adventure coupled with peace and tranquillity. Amidst the rugged beauty of this isolated island let your mind wander and discover a beauty that is so unexpected.

Home to some of the most magnificent views of the Emerald Isle you may admire the Donegal Hills, the Antrim Coast Line and on a clear day the Mull of Kintyre and the island of Islay pave the way for a breath taking experience.

Day 1


Travel along the Causeway Coastal Route and explore one of the world’s great road journeys.


Explore the Giant’s Causeway; recognised as one of the natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consists of thousands of hexagonally-shaped basalt columns, some up to 160 meters high, formed 60 million years ago from volcanic lava.
T: (0) 28 2073 1855
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway


Continue along the Causeway Coastal Route to Ballycastle. Stop for lunch. To reach Rathlin Island take the ferry from Ballycastle to the harbour at Church Bay. For an insight into the history and culture of Rathlin Island, visit the Boathouse Visitor Centre.

Ferry Contact Details
Rathlin Ferry
18 Bayview Road
BT54 6BT
028 2076 9299

Rathlin Island can be found six miles north of the seaside resort of Ballycastle, County Antrim and 14 miles from the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland.


Enjoy the scenic drive towards Bull Point and West Lighthouse before visiting the RSPB Rathlin Island West Light Seabird Centre before returning to Ballycastle.

Accommodation is available on Rathlin Island or back in Ballycastle and the surrounding area.

Day Two


If you have enjoyed an overnight stay on the island take the return ferry to Ballycastle.

Depart Ballycastle and follow the Causeway Coastal Route toward the Glens of Antrim where you can explore the coastal villages including Cushendun, Cushendall and Glenariff. When in Glenariff enjoy the range of walks around Glenariff Forest Park.


Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in the Glens of Antrim or continue along the Causeway Coastal Route.