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Rathlin is a small island located off the coast of Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom. It is the northernmost point of the Antrim Coast and is the only inhabited island off the coast of Northern Ireland. The island is approximately 3 miles long and 1 mile wide and has a population of around 130 people.

Rathlin is known for its dramatic coastline and rugged terrain, with towering cliffs and rocky shorelines. It is home to a variety of bird species and is a popular destination for birdwatchers. The island has a rich history, with evidence of human settlement dating back to the Iron Age. In the 16th century, the island was the site of a siege by the English during the Nine Years War. The island was also the home of Robert the Bruce during his exile in the late 13th century, and it was here that he reportedly gained inspiration for his victory at the Battle of Bannockburn.

Today, Rathlin is a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming to explore its stunning scenery and rich history. The island is home to a range of attractions, including a lighthouse, a nature reserve, and a number of historic sites. There are also a number of activities on offer, such as walking, fishing, and kayaking. Visitors can also take a ferry from the mainland to explore the island.

Excursion tips for a day in Rathlin

As a tourist in Rathlin, Great Britain, there are plenty of activities to enjoy on a day trip. Here are some of the best things to do:

1. Visit the RSPB Nature Reserve and explore the island’s spectacular wildlife and stunning scenery.

2. Take a boat tour around the island and learn about its rich history and culture.

3. Go birdwatching and spot some of the island’s unique species of birds.

4. Visit the Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre and learn about the island’s seabirds.

5. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the beach and take in the stunning views.

6. Take a stroll around the island and explore its quaint villages and stunning coastline.

7. Visit the local craft shops and pick up some unique souvenirs.

8. Spend some time at the harbour and watch the boats come and go.

9. Visit the local pubs and restaurants and sample the delicious local cuisine.

10. Take a guided tour of the island and learn about its fascinating history.

Experience Rathlin with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Rathlin. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Rathlin

Rathlin in Great Britain experiences a temperate climate with mild summers and cool winters. In spring, temperatures range from 8-15°C, with rain and occasional showers. Summer temperatures can reach up to 20°C, with sunshine and warm days. Autumn brings cooler temperatures, ranging from 5-15°C, with some rain. Winter temperatures can drop to 0°C, with cold days and some snowfall. Overall, Rathlin experiences moderate temperatures throughout the year, with some rain and occasional snow.

Cruise weather for Rathlin

Our weather forecast for Rathlin helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 16.9 °C
min: 13 °C
19.8 m/s
28.8 m/s
85.6 %
23.9 m
84.8 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 16.8 °C
min: 13.3 °C
21.6 m/s
41.4 m/s
86.5 %
21.3 m
83.5 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 15.0 °C
min: 12.2 °C
22.7 m/s
33.1 m/s
59.1 %
19.9 m
80.1 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 15.6 °C
min: 12.3 °C
16.6 m/s
25.2 m/s
58.3 %
21.7 m
80.9 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 16.7 °C
min: 9.9 °C
16.2 m/s
27.4 m/s
96.4 %
24.1 m
81.6 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 17.3 °C
min: 13 °C
20.2 m/s
38.5 m/s
82.3 %
21.6 m
88.3 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 17.6 °C
min: 12.5 °C
19.1 m/s
34.9 m/s
82.4 %
24.1 m
83.5 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 14.0 °C
min: 11.1 °C
25.9 m/s
38.5 m/s
86.3 %
24.0 m
90.6 %
1,015 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 15.0 °C
min: 9.9 °C
20.2 m/s
34.2 m/s
62.9 %
24.1 m
87.8 %
1,018 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 14.9 °C
min: 12.6 °C
29.2 m/s
52.9 m/s
97.1 %
22.5 m
88.9 %
1,005 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 13.7 °C
min: 12.8 °C
25.1 m/s
42.7 m/s
93.2 %
12.0 m
96.3 %
998 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 13.9 °C
min: 13.1 °C
27.7 m/s
44.3 m/s
95.8 %
16.8 m
95.5 %
1,009 hPa
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 16.0 °C
min: 13 °C
20.5 m/s
32.4 m/s
62.9 %
21.9 m
83.9 %
1,019 hPa
Aug. 6th 2024 Aug. 6th 2024 max: 16.8 °C
min: 12.3 °C
22.0 m/s
33.5 m/s
71.3 %
21.9 m
87.1 %
1,020 hPa

Cruises to Rathlin

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Scheduled ship calls in Rathlin, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
May 18th 2025 Sunday, 18th of May 2025 LE LYRIAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 6th 2025 Saturday, 6th of Sep. 2025 LE BELLOT 12:00 am 12:00 am

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