Please note that the RSPB Seabird Centre on Rathlin Island will not be open to the public during the 2014 season. It will re-open for business in April 2015. This is to facilitate an upgrade to visitor facilities at the centre.
A road and track route west across this beautiful island. From harbour-side seals to the clamorous seabird colony, four miles of heath and ancient meadow provide a wealth of wildlife to enjoy.
|Nearest Town||Church Bay||OS Map||5|
|Route Type||Coastal||Route Shape||Circular|
|AONB||Antrim Coast & Glens||Grid Ref (Start)||D145509|
|Public Roads||On Public Road||Grid Ref (End)||D145509|
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, Ballycastle Beach 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.
This route has accessible toilet facilities.
RSPB 'Step Ashore' trail guide to the Rathlin Island Seabird Centre.
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