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A 30 minute drive from Portrush is Ballycastle, from where you can take the ferry to Rathlin Island. Rathlin Island is a hidden gem on the Causeway Coast. It’s rarely visited by the mass of tourists because of its inaccessibility, meaning you’ve still an opportunity to tread where relatively few have been. Only 6 miles long by 1 mile wide, it’s small enough to be accessible, but large enough to make it worth the journey for a full day’s exploring. The island has quite a history. The most famous story is that in 1306 when escaping the English, the Scottish King Robert the Bruce fled to Rathlin. It was there that he witnessed a spider trying again and again to span a gap with his web, finally succeeding. This made him determined to succeed, so he returned and finally regained his crown. With a population of under 100, it’s a small place, but with a fantastic community who’ll make you feel most welcome. If you have the time and the weather is good (this helps with the crossing, which sometimes can be cancelled), we’d highly recommend a visit.

Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island Accommodation

The Rathlin Community website is a website set up by the community to help you get around. Booking accommodation  direct through their site means no middle men and so more money direct to the residents. CLICK HERE to find and book accommodation