This is a quick guide to three of our most popular tours departing from Ballycastle
All our tours are private charters so only your group will be onboard with the Skipper, making it a personal and memorable occasion for your family and friends.
Our boats are on RHIBS so some restrictions apply. These experiences are not suitable for children under 4 years, persons with limited mobility, persons who are pregnant, who have back or heart complaints or who have had recent surgery. Make sure this experience will suit everyone in your group.
We have two RHIBS
Capacity: 12 passengers plus Skipper & crew
Seating: Jockey seats, one passenger suspension seat, bench to rear
Covered ‘inside’ area with heater
Capacity: 10 passengers plus Skipper & crew
Seating: Jockey seats
Canopy to protect from strong sunlight or rain
We have two Skippers
Tim and Ben, a father and son team.
Both commercially endorsed skippers and OCN Accredited Tour Guides.
Carrick-a-Rede Sea Safari
Duration: one and a half hours long
Minimum Cost: £210 for up to 6 passengers
Additional passengers: £35pp
This is our most sheltered sea tour as it follows the coastline from Ballycastle to the rope bridge taking in the stunning scenery of Rathlin Island, Kinbane Castle, the Mermaid’s Tears Waterfall and caves along the way.
It is possible to swim at Carrick-a-rede if the sea is calm and the Skipper deems it safe. We provide personal buoyancy aids for swimmers (mandatory) but they will need their own wetsuits/swimwear and towels/drysuits. We recommend wetsuits for anyone not accustomed to cold water swimming. Good fitness and mobility is required to jump into the water from the RHIB and to climb back onboard. *Please note we cannot guarantee swimming will be possible on every tour.
Around the Sound Rathlin Experience
Duration: 4 hours
Minimum Cost: £360 for up to 6 passengers
Additional passengers: £60pp
A unique adventure designed to let you experience the connection between our Causeway Coast and Rathlin Island.
Departing from Ballycastle this tour includes the Carrick-a-rede Sea Safari as described above, then continues over to the West coast of Rathlin to see the seabirds at West Lighthouse before exploring the South coast, a landing on Rathlin Island for 60-90 minutes before visiting the Rue Lighthouse, Ushet Port where the seals rest and the cliffs of Fairhead on the return to Ballycastle.
Bruce’s Cave Experience
Duration: 2 hours
Minimum Cost: £270 for up to 6 passengers
Additional passengers: £45pp
This adventure sets off from Ballycastle and crosses the Sea of Moyle to explore the east coast of Rathlin Island from the Rue Lighthouse to the East Lighthouse, with seabirds, seals and stories of smuggling and the legendary Bruce’s Cave with the cliffs of Fairhead on the return journey.