Rathlin lies off the coast of North Antrim, a regular ferry service runs from Ballycastle all year round. The old name used locally is Raghery or Rachery.


It is not marked as part of the Causeway Coastal Route but it is well worth a visit, if you have some days to spare on your travels then this would be a great experience for one of them.  There are three lighthouses on the island Bull Point, Altnacarry (the East lighthouse) a traditional free standing lighthouse, and Rue Point a smaller auto light. A network of small roads or lanes connect the island.


To get around the island, you can walk or hire a bicycle, there are also minibuses which run out to Bull Point and the bird sanctuary. Local boatmen  also offer boat trips around the island, you can also apply to take a car over if you are registered for disabilities.