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LOCKDOWN UPDATE: Visitor Travel Permitted to Rathlin Island from 3rd July 2020.

(Posted 03/07/20. Last updated 05/08/20.)

*** 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. ***

Rathlin Island Ferry Limited (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 Saturday 1st August 2020 NEW DAILY TIMETABLE: ***

Rathlin Express (Passengers Only, 25 mins approx.)
Depart Rathlin: 08.00 / Depart Ballycastle: 08.30
Depart Rathlin: 12.00 / Depart Ballycastle: 13.00
Depart Rathlin: 16.30 / Depart Ballycastle: 17.00

Spirit Of Rathlin (Passengers & Vehicles, 40 mins approx.)
Depart Rathlin: 08.30 / Depart Ballycastle: 10.00
Depart Rathlin: 15.30 / Depart Ballycastle: 16.30

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

For full detail on ferry arrangements, and to book sailings, please check out the Rathlin Ferry website.

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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 reopened with limitations on Wednesday 8th July, serving drinks outside only, with no food service. McCuaig's is now open from 1.00pm. Please click here for more information. The Manor House plans to reopen in September. The Water Shed Café will remain closed for the rest of this season.

The island shop is open, with restrictions in place and now with new, longer opening hours. Also open is Breakwater Studio and Island Treasures gift shop and post office. The West Light Seabird Centre and the Boathouse Visitor Centre remain closed.

Most accommodation is closed as well. Rathlin Island Hostel reopens on Thursday 16th July for holiday lets of the whole building at a time. Rathlin Glamping Pods will open between 1st August and 14th September. Druim Apartments will reopen on 1st September on a limited basis, and the Manor House plans to reopen in September.

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 social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing and other official medical guidance while visiting Rathlin, and #StaySafe. ***

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Hello and welcome to the Rathlin Community website! This is a resource for both the island community and our visitors. We hope to continue to help communication and interaction among the Rathlin community, and with the wider world.

We have lots of information on how to get to the island and what to do when you step ashore. And if you are curious about what life is really like on the island then we can help with that too. It’s easy to explore using the links on the left and below, and includes lots of pics and beautiful banner photos. Welcome, and enjoy!

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