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During the summer season and also at weekends the car parking at the ferry terminal and around the Ballycastle Harbour area can be extremely busy. The car parks are free public car parks and there are others located at Sheskburn House across from Ballycastle tennis courts and at the playing fields on Quay Road. Please allow sufficient time to park your vehicle as all passengers must board the ferry at least 10 minutes before departure. If you have not collected pre-booked tickets 10 minutes prior to departure then they may be offered to waiting passengers.
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
The Atlantic puffins, razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes and more gather at the RSPB Seabird Centre Cliffs around April/ May.
The Seabird Centre and Lighthouse offers visitors a chance to explore a unique, fully operational ‘upside-down’ lighthouse,
There are guided walking tours on Rathlin Island every Sunday from April to August. It's the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Rathlin Island has seasonal cycle hire, explore the island on your own terms. Its advisable to book ahead of time.
The tour includes local history and information about Rathlin including the well known myths and legends.
PLEASE NOTE THAT CYCLE HIRE WILL HAVE RESTRICTED OPENING SO PLEASE CONTACT THEM TO CHECK AVAILABILITY.
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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.
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.
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. So visit Rathlin Island and see if you can bring yourself to leave.