Around The Sound
This is a unique adventure designed to give you and your group an insight into this special and distinctively Northern Irish area. Come and see things you’ve never seen before, hear stories you’ve never heard, taste the salty air, feel the wind on your face, and listen to the seabirds as you gaze skywards. This experience will give you a sense of connection to this seascape of the Sound of Rathlin, and the landscape of the island.
We leave from Ballycastle and follow the coast to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge where you will hear stories of fishermen and salmon and see the caves, the Fisherman’s Cottage and rope-bridge from below. Here, the water is a mesmerising turquoise and if it’s calm, you can jump right in. We provide personal buoyancy aids for anyone wishing to swim but you will need your own wetsuit/swimwear and towel.
Feel the wind in your hair as we cruise across the sound to the West Lighthouse on Rathlin, passing Sheep Island on the way. The West, or Upside Down Lighthouse, is also a Seabird centre, so prepare to be immersed in the sounds of birds and feel the swell of the ocean.
A gentle cruise along the coast of Rathlin allows you to appreciate the rugged white limestone cliffs and hear stories of the Scottish miners. You will see bird nesting sites and the crystal clear sparkling waters where the kelp is farmed. Step onto the island and explore for an hour or so. Walk the beach, have lunch, visit the gift shop or enjoy a pint at McCuaigs Pub. Take time to marvel at the historic maritime items displayed inside the islands only public house.
Your experience isn’t over yet. As you leave Rathlin and Church Bay you will pass the Rue Lighthouse before reaching Ushet Port. Here you will hear and see the seals of Rathlin. As the boat gently lingers at Ushet the more curious seals will come closer to investigate. On your return to Ballycastle you will see the very imposing cliff faces of Fairhead where scenes featuring dragons from Game of Thrones HBO series were filmed.
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Private Charter: Only your group and the Skipper onboard
RHIB Experience: Certain restrictions apply see Terms & Conditions
Premium Experience: Add on the East Lighthouse and Bruce’s Cave for a full Rathlin Experience
Text/Call Lynn on +44(0)7845 370231 to check availability or book