RIFL encourage all passengers and crew to wear a face covering when using indoor seating areas on the ferries and when inside the ferry terminal. Face coverings are not expected to be worn when travelling on the open deck of the ferry

GO TO OUR TIMETABLE PAGE FOR- Winter 2021/2022 Timetable which commences 1st October 2021 – BOOKING PROCEDURE BELOW

For travel from 1st October 2021 – 12th April 2022 ONLY
Office opening hours from 1st October 2021 – 12th April 2022 are 8.30 – 17.00 daily (Closed 12.30 – 13.30 for Lunch)
Online bookings will close on 30th September 2021.
Bookings for the Winter schedule will open from 22nd September 2021 and can be made in person, by phone or email.
Customers will pay and collect pre-booked tickets on day of travel.
For those booked to travel on the 8.30 RE from Ballycastle please check in and pay on board.
Bookings can still be made on day of travel provided there is availability and the booking is made at least 30 minutes before departure.
Visitor travel is for foot passengers and bicycles only
(bicycle carriage charge applies)
Vehicles are only permitted for island residents, permit holders, work purposes, disabled badge holders and those staying 6 or more nights.
No pre-payment is required to secure a booking for the duration of the Winter Timetable.
Ferry Terminal will re-open from 1st October 2021 for tickets and information only. No waiting area or toilet facilities will be available and there is no shelter at Ballycastle Harbour so please dress accordingly.
Hand sanitiser will be provided at the ferry terminal and onboard each vessel.
Face masks are required to enter the terminal and while onboard the vessels for the duration of the crossing.
Please note that many of the island facilities and businesses are seasonal only.
(Information available at www.rathlincommunity.org)
We as a company will continue to operate with social distancing measures in place where possible. The health and safety of our crew, Rathlin residents, workers and visitors will be priority so please respect any measures put in place by RIFL to protect each other.


  • The Ferry Terminal is now open for tickets and enquiries however with a reduced waiting area. There are no toilet facilities available at the terminal. We ask all customers to wear a face covering when inside the terminal building and inside seating are on ferries.
  • Public Toilets are located at the rear of the carpark beside the Ferry Terminal, these facilities are operated by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.


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.



our rathlin gallery