Walking to Save Dogs Rathlin Walk

Event date: 
Monday, September 20, 2021 (All day) - Saturday, September 25, 2021 (All day)



Walking to Save Dogs Fundraising Walk 2021 will be held on Rathlin Island starting on Monday 20th September 2021.

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Walking to Save Dogs founder Robert Donkers:

"This year the dogs and I will undertake the eight walks on Rathlin Island over six days, the most northerly inhabited island in Northern Ireland. Although this walk is not as long as we have completed before, it will undoubtedly be a challenge. The rugged landscape, the continuous hill, hazardous cliff, off-road trails and the weather will be a challenge. Remember that Rathlin Island is not known for its tropical climate; instead, rain and wind will be our companions."

"I chose Rathlin Island as Mervyn and I got married on the island on 10th August 2021. It was the first same-gender wedding on the island. The eight walks will give us the chance to know this unique and magical island inside out. It will be the first time that Mervyn will be joining me on the walks. It would make life much more manageable with eight dogs in tow. The dogs will have to remain on their leads since we respect the wildlife, such as the local cattle and sheep."

Sunday 19/09/21, Arrival on Rathlin Island

Monday 20/09/21, Day 1 - Walk 1, The Harbour to the Rue

Tuesday 21/09/21, Day 2 - Walk 2, The Harbour to the East Lighthouse

Wednesday 22/09/21, Day 3 - Walk 3, The Harbour to the West Lighthouse

Thursday 23/09/21, Day 4 - Walk 4, Kebble South Trail; Walk 5, Kinramer North Trail; Walk 6, Kinramer Permissive Path

Friday 24/09/21, Day 5 - Walk 7, National Trust walk to the Old Coastguard’s Hut

Saturday 25/09/21, Day 6 - Walk 8, Roonivoolin Trail

Donations to Walking to Save Dogs can be made here.

***Please note that to protect both livestock and wildlife, dogs must be kept on leads at all times on the island, and the NIEA Kebble Nature Reserve does not allow dogs, affecting the walks to the West Lighthouse, Kebble South and Kinramer North walks.***

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