Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2018 - Sat 2 June

Event date: 
Saturday, June 2, 2018 (All day)



The return of the highly popular Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival for 2018 - the sixth time for this festival encompassing both Rathlin and Ballycastle, and of course the water between.

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June Drontheims and Currachs. Beautiful locally-built traditional boats with sailing and racing over the weekend

Morning ‘Mill Bay Walk’. Book your 9.00am ferry from Ballycastle and contact Paul Quinn of Rathlin Walking Tours www.walkingtours.com or 07745566924

Morning Row the Erne’s currach, Menapian, arrives in Rathlin to take up residence for the weekend

12.00noon – 5.00pm Have a go kayaking (30 minute sessions, allow 1 hour) seafront, booking through the provider on the day - Free

1.00pm Armagh Rhymers, come see one of Europe’s most celebrated folk theatre ensembles. Seafront if weather good or McCuaig’s Bar

2.00pm – 3.30pm Glens of Antrim Comhaltas traditional music and dance from the Glens, McCuaig’s Bar

5.30pm Parade of Sail and Oar with a flotilla of the boats to round up the day’s sailing, Church Bay

10.00pm – 11.15pm Floating Cinema. Row the Erne invites you to join them for a unique floating cinema experience of short films on board the Menapian Currach, Church Bay. Wrap up warm and bring your seat onto the jetty or hop into a boat that can pull up alongside the Menapian Currach

9.00pm Patsy Bradley, the man, his guitar and plenty of music at McCuaig’s Bar

Mon 28th – Sun 3rd June 11am – 3.30am daily Shipwreck exhibition displaying artefacts salvaged from the waters around Rathlin Island, a moving reminder of the ever present risk to life on the sea. Richard Branson Centre

Saturday 26th May - Sunday 3rd June “Kindness Rocks”. Look out for a scattering of small hand-painted rocks around Rathlin’s roads, pathways and seafront. Join in the hunt and post your photos on the dedicated Facebook page “Rathlin Kindness Rocks”

​Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June SS Lochgarry exhibition, featuring images and information on SS Lochgarry, one of Ireland’s most popular recreational diving wrecks, St Thomas’s Church

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June Yarn bombing where local knitters and crotchetiers will yarn bomb the harbour area. Panels will be sewn together and all pieces donated to support refugees.

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June Drontheims and currachs. Over the festival our beautiful locally-built traditional boats such as Drontheims and Currachs will be in Rathlin’s waters

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June ‘Mamoch Mor’ Currach leaves Ballycastle for Rathlin at 5.30pm. This community-managed boat brings a taste of live maritime history to the festival.

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June “Literally a Littoral Litter Wall”, a display of plastic items, flotsam and jetsam found on Rathlin’s shores which have made their way into the nooks and crannies of the stone wall in front of Kinramer Cottage towards the West Light.


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