Rathlin Island Facilities

Although we are small we still have a range of facilities to make your visit to Rathlin enjoyable. Whether its checking out the Boathouse Visitor Centre or letting the children loose in the playground we hope you will come back and see us again soon.

Boathouse Visitor Centre

The island visitor centre and museum, the Boathouse, situated a short walk from the harbour in Church Bay, contains a wealth of artefacts, photographs and information about Rathlin's history and life on the island. Souvenirs and island-related books for sale. The island resident staff are on hand to answer your questions and to help make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

The Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre will reopen for the tourist season on Friday 14th April 2017, and is open season seven days a week, 10.00am – 5.00pm during the season. Closed for lunch 12.30 - 1.00pm. Admission free. Disabled access limited. Telephone 077 0886 9605 during the above opening hours only.

For further information about ferry crossings or what to do on Rathlin Island contact Ballycastle Tourist Information Centre on 028 2076 2024.

The Boathouse closed for the season on Friday 30th September 2016, and will re-open in April 2017.

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Post Office

The Rathlin Post Office is situated in the Island Treasures gift shop.

Open Monday-Friday.
October - March open 10.00-2.00
April - September open 11.00-3.00

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There is an ATM in McCuaig's Bar (open from 11.00am daily). This machine charges £1.85 per transaction. Money can also be withdrawn on most cards in the Post Office (see opening hours above). Please note that these machines may not accept your card, and that not all island businesses are able to accept card payments, so it is best to bring cash with you on your visit. The nearest ATM to the ferry office in Ballycastle is in the Spar on the seafront.

Children's Playground

There is a large and modern children's playground situated opposite the public toilets, between the Manor House and the pub in Church Bay, maintained by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.

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Public Toilets

There are public toilets in Church Bay between the harbour and the pub (opposite the playground), and at the RSPB West Light Seabird Centre. Both public toilets have disabled access, and baby changing facilities.

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Baby Changing

There are baby changing facilities in three locations on the island: in the ladies public toilets in Church Bay, in the disabled toilets in McCuaig's Bar / Bruce's Kitchen, and in the disabled toilets at the RSPB West Light Seabird Centre.

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Harbour Pontoon Berths

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Drone photo of pontoons and harbour at Church Bay by Douglas Cecil

The new pontoons in the harbour at Church Bay have berths for approximately 40 boats. Berthing fees as follows:

Rathlin Harbour & Marina Charges
01/04/15 - 31/03/16

Annual Berth £57.00/MTR
Summer Berth £42.00/MTR
Winter Berth £37.00/MTR

Monthly Berth £20.00/MTR
Weekly Berth £10.00/MTR

Daily/Overnight £20.00
Short Stay (6hrs) £10.00

These charges are applicable to all private leisure vessels and small commercial vessels.

Rathlin Harbour Fishing Vessel Charges
01/04/15 - 31/03/16
Annual Berth £31.00/MTR
Summer Berth £23.00/MTR
Winter Berth £20.50/MTR

Monthly Berth £11.00/MTR
Weekly Berth £6.00/MTR
Daily/Overnight £20.00
Short Stay (6hrs) £10.00

These charges are only applicable to fishing vessels that have a valid fishing licence and certificate of registry.


Rathlin Marina Assistant Contact Number: 078 9513 5179

Harbour Master John Morton
Portnagree House
14 Bayview Road
Co Antrim
BT54 6BT

More information available here.

Detailed info on sailing into the harbour at Church Bay available here.

Marine Traffic's Port Calls, Arrivals & Departures page for Rathlin's harbour.


Church of the Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic). Mass is every Sunday at 12.00, year round. The Church of the Immaculate Conception is located a short walk from the harbour at the top of Church Brae - turn right after St Thomas' church.

St. Thomas's Church (Church of Ireland). Services are at 11.30: every Sunday, July to September; every third Sunday in October and November; and every second Sunday from December to June. St Thomas's is located just west of the harbour.

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