Rathlin Island Day Trip

Rathlin-2016

Rathlin Island Day Trip
6 August at 9:30 – 17:30
walk grade: easy. Everyone WELCOME!
We will meet 9.30am at the Ballycastle Ferry Terminal, where there is free parking a facilities. BE AWARE you need to Provisionally book your own return ticket on the ten o’clock ferry, you can provisionally book by ringing in advance and then pay on the day which I strongly advise.
HOW TO BOOK THE FERRY:
We will take the 10.00am crossing from Ballycastle to Rathlin Island. Returning on the later Ferry of 17.30pm.
IT IS UP TO YOU to provisionally book or buy your place on the ferry by contacting Rathlin Ferries – Telephone 028 2076 9299 or http://www.rathlinballycastleferry.com
Adult Return Ticket £12.00
Child Return Ticket £6.00
Family Return Ticket £32.00
FREE travel to over 60s bus pass holders, however you still need to ring and book your place in advance.
The PUFFINS:
They will have mostly moved on by August, however the RSPB Sea Bird Centre is open right through to September with other sea birds and views to take in. There will be an island tour bus ‘Puffin Bus’ to take us there costing £5 return. On arrival to the Sea Bird Centre there is another fee for Non-RSPB Members:
Adults £5.00
Children / Concessions £2.50
Under 5yrs FREE
RSPB Members FREE
The plan is to take the Puffin Bus as soon as we arrive in Rathlin Harbour. We will spend around an hour peering through binoculars and taking a tour of the refurbished lighthouse. There are also coffee and toilet facilities available on site. Returning bus will take us back to the village where The Ramblers will make our way to the southern lighthouse and pack lunch with the seals.
RAMBLERS OPTIONAL WALK:
The walk route covers around 4 miles and begins at Rathlin Harbour. Following a straight tarmac road leading south on the peninsula.
Passing Craigmacaghan Lough and following on down to the Southern Lighthouse, where hopefully we get to have our lunch with a large congregation of Seals.
Retracing our steps back up the road we will come across a wooden gate and a RSPB information panel highlighting the Roonivoolin Reserve. Through the gate we will follow wooden way markers across the open field(which can be mucky), arriving at the fence along the cliff tops. From here stunning views of the cliffs, Church Bay and the Northern Irish coastline can be enjoyed.
This section of the walk-route takes an hour each way so even with stop-offs for photo-ops and lunch we should be back to the Harbour in plenty of time to sample some of the local hospitality before our 5.30 ferry home.
PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER:
Bring a packed lunch and flask (especially if you choose to Ramble)
Bring a good waterproof. (Walking shoes/boots if you choose to Ramble)
HIGHLIGHTS:
Along with the Harbour and beach the village has a few shops, cafe, bar/restaurant, gallery, two churches that are open to view and a Tourist Information Centre.
Speak to Evelyn for further details, or if you need a lift.
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