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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN UPDATES: Visitor Travel to Rathlin Island has been permitted since 3rd July 2020.

(Posted 03/07/20. Last updated 01/10/20.)


To book sailings, please ring Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd (RIFL) on
028 2076 9299, or email them at: info@rathlinballycastleferry.com.
For full detail on ferry arrangements please go to the RIFL website.

There are a series of new travel arrangements for the ferry service which have come into effect in recent days and weeks. Please see full detail here.

RIFL is operating a reduced timetable with reduced capacity to facilitate 1 Metre social distancing (see updated timetable and capacities below), which is at the discretion of the operator.

From Thursday 1st October 2020 WINTER TIMETABLE 2020/21:

Rathlin Express (Passengers Only, 25 mins approx.)
Depart Rathlin: 08.00 / Depart Ballycastle: 08.30 (Monday to Friday only)
Depart Rathlin: 12.00 / Depart Ballycastle: 14.00
Depart Rathlin: 16.00 / Depart Ballycastle: 16.30 (1st November 2020 - 31st January 2021)
Depart Rathlin: 16.30 / Depart Ballycastle: 17.00 (1st - 31st October 2020 & 1st February - 31st March 2021)

Spirit Of Rathlin (Passengers & Vehicles, 40 mins approx.)
Depart Rathlin: 09.00 / Depart Ballycastle: 10.30
Depart Rathlin: 15.00 / Depart Ballycastle: 16.00

Capacity per sailing:
RIFL is operating with 1m social distancing policy and the maximum capacity per sailing is detailed below:

Rathlin Express – 35 passengers maximum per sailing
Spirit Of Rathlin – 45 passengers maximum per sailing

RIFL has implemented a new Refund Policy, due to an increasing number of 'no shows' and late cancellations.

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*** Although Rathlin’s ferry service is now open to visitors, the Island itself has not yet reopened fully from the lockdown. ***

McCuaig's Bar is open from 1.00pm Monday to Friday, and from 12.00 noon Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 028 2076 0011. Please click here for more information. The Manor House had planned to reopen in September, but will now remain closed until 2021. The Water Shed Café will remain closed for the rest of this season.

The island shop is open, with restrictions in place. Also open is Breakwater Studio (Breakwater Studio is currently closed until 12th October) and Island Treasures gift shop and post office. The West Light Seabird Centre, Boathouse Visitor Centre and the bicycle hire remain closed. Bus tours are not currently running.

Most accommodation is closed as well. Rathlin Island Hostel reopened on Thursday 16th July for holiday lets of the whole building at a time. Druim Apartments reopened on 1st September on a limited basis. The Manor House had planned to reopen in September, but will now remain closed until 2021.

The Public Toilets at the harbour on Rathlin Island will be open from Monday 6th July until further notice, 10.00am - 4.00pm. The children's playground has now reopened.

The harbour's pontoons are now open to visiting vessels, with some restrictions. See full information here.


*** There is currently nowhere on the island to sit down & have a meal or get takeaway food from so please bring food with you. ***


*** Apart from the bus shelter there is nowhere to shelter from the weather so please bring appropriate clothing. ***


*** Please adhere to mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing and other official public health guidance while visiting Rathlin, and keep both yourself and the island community safe and healthy. ***


#WearAMask, #WashYourHands & #StaySafe

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