Rathlin Puffin Safari
The Full Monty
Departing from Ballycastle we make our way through Rathlin Sound to the West Light Seabird Centre. From here we have a spectacular view of the cliff where these quirky seabirds make their home. This is truly an immersive experience with the smell of the sea and the sound of colony. We take plenty of time here to let you relax, enjoy the experience and take photos.
We make our way around the island seeing all three Rathlin Lighthouses on our full circumnavigation. Coming into Church Bay at Rathlin make sure to watch out for the seals who play here during the summer. We stop on the island for an hour during which you can explore, pop to McCuaig’s Bar for refreshment or food, visit the Boat House Centre or stroll along the beach. For the final leg of our trip we make our way to the dramatic rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede. Rather than join the crowds who walk over it daily, you will experience the tranquility below and appreciate a full view of this scenic area.
Trip Duration: 4 hours
Bruce’s Cave Experience
Departing from Ballycastle you will travel across Rathlin Sound to explore the East Coast of the island, from the Rue Lighthouse to the East Lighthouse where the puffins can be seen. You will encounter seals at Ushet Port and at Bruce’s Cave with incredible views of Fairhead on the return journey to Ballycastle.
Trip Duration: 2 hours
Around The Sound
Departing from Ballycastle you will visit Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge where you can swim if it is calm. You will then travel across the Sound to the West Lighthouse which is also a Sea Bird Centre. Here you will be immersed in the sounds of the seabirds including Puffins. More puffins can be seen nesting along the cliff face of Rathlin as you travel towards Church Bay and pass through the crystal clear waters where kelp is farmed by Islander Kelp. You will be able to explore the island for over an hour before journeying on to the Rue Lighthouse and Ushet Port to see the seals, enjoying magnificent views of Fairhead on the return to Ballycastle. Around The Sound is a full Rathlin Experience by sea and by land, which will delight your senses.
Trip Duration: 3 and a half to 4 hours
Gobbins Puffin Safari
Departing from the marina at Carrickfergus Castle we enter Belfast Lough and cruise to the world renowned Gobbins Cliff Path. On our way we pass the Victorian seaside town of Whitehead and the historic Blackhead Lighthouse. The Gobbins Cliff Path is host to a variety of seabirds including the distinguished Puffins who make it their home during the Spring and Summer months.
We cruise along this Jurassic coastline taking in the breathtaking scenery, the multitude of puffins and other seabirds, and the Lions Mane jellyfish who fill the water in droves during warmer months. We travel beyond the current Gobbins Cliff path Walkway to explore the caves and if we’re lucky spot some seals before making our way back to Carrickfergus.
Trip Duration: 2 and a half hours
- Great for: Sightseeing, ornithologists, family day out, adventurers, photographers, historians, video producers, team building…
- Prices Private charter prices based on minimum of 6 paid seats.
- Available during April, May, June and July while Puffins are here. Private Charters to these locations still available all year round.
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