Rathlin Island is six miles long, one mile wide, “L” shaped and six miles across the Sea of Moyle from Ballycastle. It is a rugged and picturesque island steeped in a rich history, vibrant mythology, maritime heritage and diverse wildlife.
Get onboard at Ballycastle and relax as our fast RHIB boat glides across the bay to explore the East coast of Rathlin Island. Our first sight is the Rue Lighthouse, then Ushet Port where you will be treated to the loud snorts, whistles and barks of the seals. Many laze on the shore but some more inquisitive seals will venture closer to the boat to investigate.
When we reach Bruce’s Cave you will be captivated by the sounds of the seabirds in the cave as well as on the rocks and water outside it. Seals are often seen in and around this cave as well.
Rathlin has long associations with both Scotland and Ireland. It once lay at the heart of the ancient Dal Riada Kingdom. Robert the Bruce, a 13th century Scottish King was exiled for fighting for his country’s freedom and took refuge in a cave on Rathlin Island. While there he pondered his next move and was inspired by a tiny spiders determination to spin a web. The spider tried 6 times to swing to a nearby rock to secure his thread and failed, just as Robert the Bruce had been defeated 6 times in his pursuit to free Scotland from the English. On the 7th attempt the spider succeeded and Robert the Bruce resolved to return to Scotland.
Towering beside Bruce’s Cave is the East Lighthouse, steeped in history and featuring in old and modern literature. You will be treated to a magnificent view of Fairhead while returning to Ballycastle. This imposing cliff face towers above the sea and once seen you will not be surprised to know it featured in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
- Duration: 2 hours
- Great for: Sight-seeing, family day out, adventurers, photographers, historians, film producers, wildlife enthusiasts
- Private Charter: Only your group onboard with the Skipper
- Fast RHIB Experience: Some restrictions apply
- Book Now: Call/Text Lynn +44(0)7845 370231 to book or check availability