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Rathlin Island Ferry Limited

Statement in relation to current situation of COVID-19 – updated 22/03/20

Further to discussions with all parties involved and in the interests of public health, the well being of our staff and the Island residents, RIFL have decided to escalate our travel restrictions with effect from Midnight Monday night 23rd March 2020.
We as an employer have a duty of care to our employees and with this in mind we are asking all RIFL non-island employees not to attend work with immediate effect. This will allow us to deliver the lifeline ferry service using only Island based crew to reduce the danger of transference.
Only essential travel will be permitted to and from Rathlin Island. We deem essential travel from Ballycastle as one of the following :
Island Nurse
Emergency Service to attend in an Island emergency
Emergency repairs to Water, Electricity or Gas
Essential travel from Rathlin would be  medical evacuations and essential hospital appointments which must be confirmed by a medical professional.
RIFL will continue to facilitate deliveries to or from the Island to ensure the lifeline is maintained. We will manage the deliveries internally to ensure nothing is missed.
Our ferry terminal will be closed completely to the public and phones will be manned daily from 11am to 1pm by calling the usual RIFL number 02820769299 or email info@rathlinballycastleferry.com.
We thank all of our crew, island residents, local businesses and the public, who are helping us implement these safety measures to ensure that COVID 19 has as little impact and damage on both the Rathlin and Ballycastle communities as possible.
We will update as and when this situation changes but for now please respect these and the Governments guidelines which are all in place for your own, your families and your communities well-being.
We are facing an unpredictable and frightening situation and the outcome depends on each of our actions now.
Stay safe, be vigilant and Good Luck.
We look forward to seeing you all, hopefully very soon.

Rathlin Island Ferry Limited will continue to work with government departments, agencies and the Public Health Agency to respond to, and plan for, this evolving situation, and remains committed to ensuring the Rathlin community is served and supported in this difficult time.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Rathlin Island Ferry Limited

Management and Staff

Welcome to Rathlin Island Ferry

Let us take you to Rathlin Island. A world away for a day!

Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd offers islanders, locals and tourists a friendly value for money ferry service from Ballycastle to Rathlin Island on the Causeway Coast and Glens route.  A world away for a day!

We aim to provide a safe, reliable, clean and effective service which meets the following standards:

  • Service reliability at least 100% (number of scheduled crossings made throughout the year as per the published timetable*).
  • Service punctuality at least 100% of all sailings leave within 30 minutes of the schedule time
  • Complaints dealt with within seven working days (target 100%)
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Things to do on rathlin Island
(Seasonal opening)

Bird Watching

The Atlantic puffins, razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes and more gather at the RSPB Seabird Centre Cliffs around April/ May.

Upside-down Lighthouse

The Seabird Centre and Lighthouse offers visitors a chance to explore a unique, fully operational ‘upside-down’ lighthouse,

Guided Walks

There are guided walking tours on Rathlin Island every Sunday from April to August. It's the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Cycle Hire

Rathlin Island has seasonal cycle hire, explore the island on your own terms. Its advisable to book ahead of time.

Bus Tours

The tour includes local history and information about Rathlin including the well known myths and legends.

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Rathlin Island Ferry Service

We provide a year round passenger and vehicle ferry service to and from the beautiful, historic island of Rathlin with its stunning rugged scenery, friendly local population and unique wildlife habitat. Tickets are available to purchase online, just follow the link below. Please note that vehicle restrictions apply and only a small percentage of spaces are available for online bookings.
If you’re interested in booking a trip to Rathlin Island don’t hesitate to get in touch using our contact form.

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Ballycastle, The Causeway Coast

Ballycastle is located on the North Coast of Co Antrim, on the Causeway Coast and Glens scenic route. It is overlooked by Knocklayde Mountain (an extinct volcano) and has magnificent views of Fairhead, Rathlin Island, the Mull of Kintyre and the surrounding forests and valleys. The Ould Lammas Fair is held in Ballycastle each year on the last Monday and Tuesday of August and attracts thousands of visitors who visit the town to enjoy artisan markets, livestock sales, live music, fairground amusements and streets lined with stalls.

Ballycastle is known for it’s unique selection of boutique clothing stores, independent food stores, greengrocers, butchers, bakers, ice cream parlours, food markets and many other fabulous artisan craft stores selling locally produced food, gifts, homeware and art. Ballycastle Beach and Fairhead are iconic sights to see in Ballycastle. Guided Tours are available of Ballycastle Town and Fairhead, contact Ballycastle Tourist Information Office for details here https://discovernorthernireland.com/Ballycastle-Visitor-Information-Centre-Ballycastle-P9823/

Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island (Raghery) is just six miles from Ballycastle across the Sea of Moyle on the Causeway Coast and Glens scenic route. Just six miles long and 1 mile wide it has County Antrim to the South, the Inishowen Peninsula to the West, Islay to the North, and the Mull of Kintyre to the East. The island once had a population of over 1000 but now has a current population of approximately 150. Most will visit for a day trip but many stay a night or two and several have fell in love with island life and have never left.

Details of everything to see on Rathlin can be found at http://www.rathlincommunity.org

So visit Rathlin Island and see if you can bring yourself to leave.


Rathlin Townlands

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