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ONLINE BOOKING BACK UP AND RUNNING.

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GO TO OUR TIMETABLE PAGE FOR UP TO DATE SAILING TIMES. 

  NEW Booking Procedures:

For travel from 1st July – 30th September

Your travel must be booked using our online ticketing system which is accessible by clicking ‘BOOK NOW’ button on our website , UNLESS you travel falls under the exemptions to online booking listed below:

1. An Island resident in possession of a valid residents pass.

2.  Account holder with RIFL.

3. Require a vehicle booking.

4. Require bicycle booking. Limited capacity available per sailing.

5. REQUIRE A SINGLE TICKET. 

YOUR TRAVEL MUST BE BOOKED DIRECTLY WITH THE BOOKING OFFICE BY PHONE OR E-MAIL.

Booking Terms & Conditions:

If you are travelling on discounted fares ticket listed below  you must enter your pass details in the ‘Questions/Comments’ box on page 2 of the booking process. Your pass will then be checked when boarding the vessel. If you fail to enter your details on the booking  system or fail to produce your pass at time of boarding  FULL FARE must be paid or travel will be refused.

DISCOUNTED FARES:

*NI Smartpass

*ROI Smartpass

*Half-Fare Smartpass

 

RIFL reserve the right to make exceptions to the above Booking terms for emergency travel.

RIFL RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CANCEL A BOOKING IF CORRECT INFORMATION IS NOT PROVIDED OR CORRECT FARE PAID.

 

COVID SAFE MEASURES:

  • Face coverings are required on public transport for passengers 13years +
  • The Ferry Terminal remains closed to public access, there are no sheltered waiting facilities.
  • Public Toilets are located at the rear of the carpark beside the Ferry Terminal, these facilities are operated by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.
  • FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON THE BUSINESSES ON RATHLIN CHECK OUT THE COMMUNITY WEBSITE: http://rathlincommunity.org/

RIFL will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and should we feel the need to reduce sailings or capacity in the interest of Health & Safety we will publish changes to our website and Facebook page. We aim to provide a minimum 24 hour notice of any change.

DISCOUNTED PASSES ACCEPTED

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.

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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swan sculpture Ballycastle

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.

 

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our rathlin gallery