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Rathlin Island

The unspoilt landscape of Rathlin Island is one of the most tranquil spots in Northern Ireland and gives visitors a chance to wander the shoreline undisturbed.

Rathlin has an extraordinary amount of wildlife. Many visitors come to see the Royal Society for home to several seals as well as the occasional dolphin.

The RSPB’s Seabird Centre is home to one of the largest colonies of seabirds in the UK and each Many hundreds of puffins arrive to breed over the summer months. Birdwatchers can also see wheatears, peregrines, stonechats, skylarks, lapwings, auks, gannets and gulls.

Around 100 people live on Rathlin Island and offer a bus service that runs to no particular timetable – likewise the island’s pub and shops are usually open, but occasionally services are interrupted by the needs of the farming community.

The island’s museum documents its interesting history. Rathlin was inhabited since at least 795 AD, when Vikings raided the church, and Scottish king Robert the Bruce took refuge on Rathlin in 1306 – it was here that he supposedly took inspiration from a spider spinning its web.

Rathlin Island also has a darker history – two massacres took place here, one carried out by forces commanded by English explorer Sir Francis Drake in the 16th century and again nearly 100 years later when the Scottish Campbell clan attacked their enemies, the MacDonalds.

Rathlin Island is a six-mile journey from Ballycastle, which has a fast passenger ferry and a slower car ferry service.


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Arkell House Bed and Breakfast £70
Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019
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Arkell House Bed and Breakfast

Arkell House Bed and Breakfast

1 Church Bay, Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland
     
    5.0 of 5
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    close to harbour and other amenities. Nothing was too much trouble. Great atmosphere - very relaxed. Unusual layout ie bedrooms on ground floor but dining area on first floor with fantastic views across the harbour.

    Portrush Atlantic Hotel £71
    Reviewed on 2 Sep 2019
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    Portrush Atlantic Hotel

    Portrush Atlantic Hotel

    73 Main Street, Co Antrim, Portrush, Northern Ireland
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Convenient location. Would have loved a sea view like last year’s stay and beds were a bit hard to sleep on, but otherwise great.

      Inn on the Coast £69
      Reviewed on 2 Sep 2019
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      Inn on the Coast

      Inn on the Coast

         
        4.3 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Spacious bedroom and good breakfast. Shower powerful, I personally prefer a walkin shower. All staff very pleasant and friendly.

        Causeway Hotel £114
        Reviewed on 1 Sep 2019
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        Causeway Hotel

        Causeway Hotel

        40 Causeway Road, Giants Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Peacful. Location was fantastic. Free entry into causeways. Breakfast was delicious

          Prospect House £70
          Reviewed on 24 Aug 2019
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          Prospect House

          Prospect House

          20 Lansdowne Crescent, Portrush, Northern Ireland
             
            4.2 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great location. Lovely owner. Nothing toouch botbet for owner.

            The Lodge Hotel £69
            Reviewed on 4 Sep 2019
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            The Lodge Hotel

            The Lodge Hotel

            Lodge Road, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
               
              4.4 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very good hotel, keep returning . Good food, clean rooms, friendly staff

              The New York Inn Portstewart £78
              Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019
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              The New York Inn Portstewart

              The New York Inn Portstewart

              2 Station Road, Portstewart, Northern Ireland
                 
                4.3 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great sea views from spacious bedroom and a balcony too!

                The Hedges Hotel £80
                Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019
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                The Hedges Hotel

                The Hedges Hotel

                141 Ballinlea Road, Stranocum, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  I liked the accessibility to the hedges and that the entire menu for breakfast was included :) room was very cute

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