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Puffin Safari

Rathlin Puffin Safari

The Quickie

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.  From here 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: 2 hours

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 

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 hours

  • Great for: Sightseeing, ornithologists, family day out, adventurers, photographers, historians, video producers, team building…
  • Prices based on scheduled trips.  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.

“Great puffin safari today. everyone really enjoyed the trip.”

Doreen M.

“Such fun with Tim and Ben today. Lots of seabirds seen as well as historical places and beautiful scenery. Highly recommend.”

Heather R.

“we LOVED every second of our trip …from we started till we finished it was AMAZING ! We had a beautiful meal at the pub on Rathlin Island and enjoyed the running commentary throughout the cruise ..Allan and myself will do this again SOON …SUPERB !!!”

Jenny C.R.

“5++ stars
Such a great day’s craic with Tim and Ben. I would highly recommend the Full Monty trip for everyone. A great way to see Rathlin and the beautiful coastline with all the information on wildlife, geology, important landmarks and historical events. With skipper, Tim, and son Ben at the helm, it’s all about safety first then enjoyment. RNLI rocks! No problem with nervous embarkees like Joanne! Maybe keep a spare pair of socks and trainers on the boat, Tim! Good oul Norn Iron banter. Thanks from the noisy group of giggling girlies.”

Heather W.

“I booked a trip for myself and my two children, Ava(10) and Flynn(7) with Tim.  He asked what we wanted from the tour and I believe exceeded all of my expectations! The children had an amazing day making our way from Ballycastle along the coast to Carrick a rede then on to Rathlin island for a meal and a lovely cold pint!

We seen an abundance of beautiful wildlife and landscapes that you could only achieve by boat.

The rib boat itself is a fantastic piece of work that kept us lovely and warm. I’m not great with rough waters but the rib deals with it brilliantly.

Wonderful day that was very informative and beautiful but the best thing was the personal touch the Tim put into it all”

Gareth M.

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