Links to other Rathlin-related websites

If you would like us to link to your Rathlin-related website, please email us.

The wikipedia entry on Rathlin provides a general introduction to the island.

Tourism & Travel

The Tourism NI page for Rathlin.

The page on the island.

The Rathlin Island Ferry website.

Nature & Walking

The RSPB page on the Seabird Centre at the West Light.

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency's links for Rathlin.

The Facebook and Twitter pages for Tom McDonnell, award-winning wildlife photographer and Rathlin resident.

Eight Walks on Rathlin Island, a detailed guide with photos of every stage of the walks points out the ruins and places of interest along the way giving a brief account of events that happened there.

Local walking guide Paul Quinn's website.

Walk NI's guide to the Roonivoolin walk, and the walk to the Seabird Centre at the West Light.


Rathlin is the only Irish island with three lighthouses: the West, the East, and the... Rue.

The Commissioners of Irish Lights page on the West Light.

The Commissioners of Irish Lights page on the East Light.

The Commissioners of Irish Lights page on the Rue Light.

Regional & Local Government

The Department for Infrastructure's Rathlin Island Policy & Action Plan, and some background to its development.

Rathlin Island is part of the Torr Head and Rathlin ward of the Glens electoral district of Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council


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Rathlin was the birthplace and early home of Kevin Black, father of the world-famous Black Family siblings: Frances, Martin, Mary, Michael and Shay. The next generation of the family are also showing their musical talent, with Mary's son Danny's band The Coronas, her daughter Roisin O and Frances's daughter Aoife Scott all successfully continuing the family's musical traditions, as well as their strong links with Rathlin.


"Wendy Jack, an Irish-Acoustic-Folk-Pop singer-songwriter, has been living and working on Rathlin Island for over 5 years. Her previous life included working in human rights and for many years she also travelled the length and breadth of Ireland as an adventure tour guide. In 2019 after a short hiatus she re-launched her music career with the release of a retrospective album called 'Sunsets'. This album has earned Wendy various awards and plaudits along the way and has helped cement her reputation as one of Ireland's finest songwriters. Check out her latest folk-power-pop release 'White Bicycle' (Available via Bandcamp, i-tunes, Spotify, etc.)

Purchase via Bandcamp here:

Follow on Spotify here:

Wendy Jack is currently working on a new collection of songs inspired by her time on Rathlin. To find out more about the day to day island life of a singer songwriter (who is also passionate about nature), you can connect directly with Wendy via:

or visit Wendy's website here:

Thank-you for supporting local music :-)"

Books, Art, Film & Photography

Local publishing company Rathlin Island Books' website.

Wildlife photographer and island resident Tom McDonnell's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Belfast-based artist and frequent island visitor Angela Ginn's website, featuring many Rathlin paintings.

Photographer Andy McInroy's project of pictures of the caves of Rathlin.

"Rathlin: The Island Betwixt and Between" video clips of the BBC 1957 black and white documentary on life on Rathlin.


Andy Keogh's website, including substantial genealogical information.

Kieran Meeke's Rathlin website.

Northern Ireland Photos and Images page for Rathlin.

David Simpson's Rathlin website.

The Rathlin page.


List of shipwrecks around the island from the irishwrecksonline website.

Set of photographs from


Article by Shirley McWilliams from Family Links Magazine, January, 1982, covering the island's history.

Potted island history from

The meaning of Rathlin placenames, from the Glens of Antrim Historical Society.

Patrica McCurdy Townsend's site from Lubec, Maine, USA, highlighting the genealogical links between Rathlin and Lubec.

Transcription of headstones in the island graveyard, on Patricia McCurdy Townsend's website.

Report by the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork in Queen's University Belfast on the excavations adjacent to the graveyard at St. Thomas' church in 2007.

Extract from Rev. Hugh Forde's 1923 'Sketches of Olden Days in Northern Ireland'.

Blog about the Irish language as spoken on Rathlin.

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