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Escape to seascapes, landscapes and wild wonders
Rathlin Island from Church Bay to the RSPB Seabird Centre.
At harbour choose: 1.) Go left, pass shop, turn right at church and ascend steeply to chapel or: 2.) Go right, pass Manor House and toilets, left at McCauig's Bar and left again at crossroads to chapel.
Route bears left and continues to ascend. With its height, there are good views to west - Donegal and north Antrim coast; to south - Ballycastle and FairHead; to east - East Lighthouse and Kintyre.
The road continues through heath and meadow to the nature reserves at the western end of the island. Take care to dismount at the second cattle grid. The road here becomes a rough, gravel track leading to spectacular views from the RSPB Seabird Centre.
Public roads: On Public Road
Getting to the start:
Rathlin Island Ferry Service from Ballycastle.
Tel 028 207 69299
Route starts at arrival to Rathlin Harbour.
Traffic: Generally traffic is restricted to Islanders only, so apart from a minibus there are few cars and farm vehicles. Walkers also use this route and there may be cattle on the unfenced stretch through the nature reserve.
***The RSPB West Light Seabird Centre is currently undergoing major refurbishment works. The lower viewing platform is open to the public, while the visitor centre will re-open in late summer 2015***