Visiting Rathlin Island?

Old Feb 24th, 2009, 03:30 PM
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Visiting Rathlin Island?

I'm planning a day trip to Rathlin Island this June but cannot seem to find much info on the place. Once we arrive on the island, how can we get to the RISC? It is one of my missions in life to see a puffin in the wild! We'd rather not walk - I have read about a shuttle service but can't find a timetable. Also, are there any restaurants/shops near the ferry port?
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Old Feb 26th, 2009, 04:03 PM
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Has anyone been to Rathlin?
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Old Feb 27th, 2009, 02:48 PM
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I haven't been to Rathlin but did go to Skellig Michael via a boat. We got the number of the boat captain from the visitor center in Kenmare and phoned from a pay phone the day before. It was all very informal.

We saw a puffin diving into his/her home. Completely fantastic. We very much wanted to see a puffin and enjoyed all the birds we saw on that visit.
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Old Feb 28th, 2009, 12:03 PM
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I was on RAthlin 15 years ago. We arrived on the afternoon ferry and spent the night. A storm blew up during the night and my niece and I got very wet and cold walking out to explore the bird area. Fortunately we were able to change our reservations from afternoon to morning return ferry.

It was not a fun part of the trip. My niece acted as if I were personally responsible for the weather. By that point of the trip I was ready to push her off the cliffs; had I known what she would get up to a few days later, I would have been even more ready. Fortunately, I didn't so the kid survived and my sister is still speaking to me.

Anyway I googled Rathlin Island and found many websites devoted to it. Pictures made me think I would like to try a return journey.

Anyway one of the sites mentioned that a minibus meets the ferries on arrival to take them out to the birding site. I imagine that it might be like some of the other islands where ferries are met by pony traps, minibusses and other transport for visitors. There are bikes for rent at one of the hostels. One of the sites mentioned that puffins are in the area from Easter until the beginning of August.

Try googling for yourself and see what is germaine to your trip.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 05:28 AM
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Haven't been, but:

General info, good basic link to have:



" Indulge in a pleasure walk on your own. If you would like a guided tour, you must book in advance as this is one of the most popular features on the Island. There is also a bus tour if you really do not want to do the walking tours. Both tours book up quite quickly. "

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Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 05:32 AM
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oops! .. Forgot to add:

Rathlin Island Minibus Tours
Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland BT34 6RT
+44 28 2076 3909

" The rugged scenery of Rathlin is of great interest to anyone who likes to see nature wild and unspoilt. Those interested in marine and bird life and natural history can take specialist minibus tours of Rathlin to three places of interest and there are daily trips from the harbour to the nature reserve at Bullpoint Lighthouse from April to September. Rathlin is home to the largest colony of seabirds in Ireland and the best time to see them is May and June. "

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Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 07:28 AM
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I knew that there was some sort of bus to the Seabird Centre but couldn't find any info on it. We'll bring our binoculars with us and hope for the best!
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