Take a trip to beautiful Rathlin Island this summer

Rathlin Island is an island off the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, and is the northernmost point of the region. Six miles from the mainland, Rathlin is the only inhabited offshore island in Northern Ireland, and is the most northerly inhabited island off the Irish coast. The L-shaped island is only 15 miles from the Mull of Kintyre and is one of Northern Ireland's Special Areas of Conservation due to it's large bird's colony.
Rathlin Island is an island off the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, and is the northernmost point of the region. Six miles from the mainland, Rathlin is the only inhabited offshore island in Northern Ireland, and is the most northerly inhabited island off the Irish coast. The L-shaped island is only 15 miles from the Mull of Kintyre and is one of Northern Ireland's Special Areas of Conservation due to it's large bird's colony.

Rathlin Island has recently undergone a complete upgrade of its Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre making it a must-visit destination for everyone in Northern Ireland.

Visitors can now experience the ‘upside down’ lighthouse built on Rathlin’s cliffs as well as one of the largest breeding seabird colonies in Europe with birds such as Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes making the island their home.

Rachel Quigg, Tourism Northern Ireland is encouraging everyone to check out Rathlin Island for themselves over the coming months.

“If you are looking for a magical place to spend a day or even an exciting weekend then Rathlin Island is the place for you. This hidden gem is simply brimming with things to see and do and is ideal for those who like to get out and about or who have a keen interest in wildlife.

“Visitors will be surrounded by stunning scenery and the locals will be sure to give you a warm welcome so don’t delay and flock to Rathlin. Tourism Northern Ireland has put together a list of upcoming events and ways to discover more about Rathlin Island:

Rathlin Island has an exciting calendar of upcoming events including the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival which celebrates the stunning scenery, diverse attractions and local culture of Ballycastle Town and Rathlin Island. Starting with the unique boat-blessing event at Ballycastle seafront and Marina on Friday, May 27 and continuing until the closing event on Rathlin Island on June 5, the festival is sure to have something for everyone.

On June 5, the final day of the Festival, Naturally North Coast and Glens Market will arrive in Rathlin Island allowing visitors to take a stroll through a wide variety of stalls taking in the fresh aromas, vivid colours and buzzing crowds.

In July, more cultural celebrations will take place on the island in the shape of the Rathlin Island Festival Week, July 10-17. The annual week of music and celebration will include amateur dramatics, model yacht races, ceildhs, and much more.

For further information click on www.discovernorthernireland.com.