Rathlin Boat Trips

Saturday 19 May

11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

Price: £40/£32 RSPB members

Booking essential

Join RSPB NI Rathlin warden Liam McFaul on board a specially chartered boat to enjoy a tour of Rathlin Island from the water. Setting off from Rathlin Harbour, look out for gannets, gulls and guillemots. Keep your eyes peeled for seals and eider ducks too – they can often be seen lazing around the harbour. In summer, seabirds including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars gather in their thousands to jostle for space. This boat trip will take you close to the base of the crowded cliff stacks – offering unique close-up views of the spectacular colony – the sight and sound will take your breath away. The cliffs are home to a number of birds of prey, peregrines, buzzards and ravens.  On our trip around the Island, you should be lucky to see at least one of these. You’ll get vantage points from the boat that you just couldn’t get on the island. Take in the fantastic views of the West Lighthouse (built in 1912) from the water, spot the disused coastguard look-out post, the East Lighthouse (built in 1856) and Bruce’s cave, used by Robert the Bruce in 1306 when he had to retreat and regroup during his campaign for the throne of Scotland.

Book on either the 11am to 1pm trip or the 2pm to 4pm trip. Booking essential by calling 028 9064 5630 (our secure booking line) or by emailing

Please book your ferry crossing in advance via or by calling 028 2076 9299. 


Rathlin Island

Where is it?

  • Postcode: BT54 6SB
  • County: County Antrim

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