Rathlin Island Walking Tours

Are you planning a visit to Rathlin Island? Do you have an interest in walking or birdwatching? Then why not join Paul Quinn, our experienced walking guide and proud host of our Rathlin Island Walking Tours! He’ll be able to guide you round the beautiful sights and sounds of Rathlin. Paul offers friendly no-rush walks of the island, suitable for all abilities. He has a wide knowledge of Rathlin’s birdlife, plant life and rich island history. Choose from 3 walks, from a short ramble to a full day, exploring all that this enchanting island has to offer.

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A view of Rathlin Island from Murlough Bay, with Scotland in the Far Distance ©Fergal Kearney/Getty Images

About Rathlin Island

Enjoy the tranquility and unexpected beauty of Rathlin Island, the only inhabited island off the Northern Ireland coastline..

The Rathlin Island ferry travels just six miles across the legendary Sea of Moyle, docking in Church Bay close to all amenities and tour options. The island itself stretches for six miles east to west and is one mile wide and is home to around 140 people.

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The Rathlin Island Express speeds it way across the Straits of Moyle

Close to the harbour is the Boathouse Visitor Centre, where you can discover some of the island’s long history, learn about contemporary life and see some artefacts from the many shipwrecks around the island. InSite Tours Ireland offer a range of guided walks around the island, ranging from a short 90 minute route, to a full day tour of the island and its history and geology.

April to July is puffin season with the opportunity to see one of the world’s largest colonies, alongside many other sea birds. The Seabird Centre is open to the public from Easter to October, where you can also enjoy exploring a real working lighthouse.

On your tour, you will enjoy the many myths and legends surrounding Rathlin, the most famous of which tells the story of Robert the Bruce. In 1306, the Scottish King was driven from Scotland by Edward I of England and took refuge on Rathlin where he watched a spider battle over and over again to bridge a gap with its web. Eventually it succeeded. Heeding the spider’s initiative and perseverance, he returned to Scotland and eventually regained his crown.