Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland

Rathlin Island Discovery

Enjoy a guided walk through the center of the Island and visit the RSPB Seabird Centre.

Included in your cruise
  • Explore the small Island of Rathlin.
  • Learn about the culture and traditions of this small community.
  • Visit the local RSPB Seabird Centre.
  • Capture spectacular views from the West Lighthouse.
  • Refreshments at a local public house
  • Difficulty level

    Level 3: Medium

  • Duration


  • Max. passengers

    40 per departure

  • Booking Code


  • Notices

    We recommend wearing layered clothing, a windbreaker or rain jacket, and good walking shoes.

Rathlin Island’s population stands at approximately 160 people and the islanders are proud of their culture and traditions. A typical night of fun could include storytelling, song, music, and dance. The economy of the island is made up of many activities, including farming, tourism, and fishing. Even though its population is small, the islanders are positive about the future.

Rathlin boasts Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony and panoramic coastal views. It is an essential breeding ground for seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars. Visitors can enjoy the West Light Seabird Centre and an off-road walking trail along the cliff top at nearby Roonivoolin. At the West Lighthouse, RSPB staff will introduce you to the busy life of the seabird colony.

Once you return to the pier for the next part of your visit, enjoy a guided walking tour along quiet roads located in the central part of the island. Expect to find an array of bird species and possibly a few grey seals along on the shoreline. Your guides will tell you about past and present life on this lovely island. Please note that the bird species you can spot change, depending on the season.

End your tour with refreshments in the local pub before returning to the ship.

Practical information:

  • Included: Refreshments
  • Remarks: We recommend wearing layered clothing, a windbreaker or rain jacket, and good walking shoes.
  • Language: English
  • Walking information: Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes at a leisurely pace over uneven terrain
  • Wheelchair accessible: No.