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RATHLIN COVID-19 UPDATES

(Posted 03/07/2020. Last updated 25/07/2022.)


*** As the Rathlin community looks forward to the 2022 season, please read the information below to help plan your visit. We will update this page further whenever we have more details to share. ***

*** In the meantime, #StaySafe and welcome back!. ***

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For full detail on ferry arrangements please go to the Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd website, and for queries, please email them at: info@rathlinballycastleferry.com, or ring them on
028 2076 9299.

The 2022 Summer Timetable is now in effect:

TIMETABLE (B)
(Fri 1st Jul – Wed 31st Aug incl.)

Dep Rathlin / Dep Ballycastle
*07.30 RE / *08.00 RE
08:30 RE / 09:00 RE
08.30 SOR / 10.00 SOR
10.00 RE / 11:00 RE
11.00 SOR / 12.00 SOR
12.00 RE / 13:00 RE
15.00 SOR / 16.00 SOR
16.00 RE / 17.00 RE
17:00 SOR / 18.00 SOR
18.00 RE / 18.30 RE

TIMETABLE (A)
(Wed 13th Apr – Thu 30th Jun / Thu 1st Sep – Fri 30th Sep incl.)

Dep Rathlin / Dep Ballycastle
*08.00 RE / *08.30 RE
08.30 SOR / 10.00 SOR
10.00 RE / 11:00 RE
11.00 SOR / 12.00 SOR
12.00 RE / 13:00 RE
15.00 SOR / 16.00 SOR
16.00 RE / 17.00 RE
17:00 SOR / 18.00 SOR

* Mon-Fri only.

RE: Rathlin Express (Passengers Only, 25 mins approx.)
SOR: Spirit Of Rathlin (Passengers & Vehicles, 40 mins approx.)

Pre-booking is mandatory. 30 minutes before sailing is the required minimum notice. All sailings are at the Skipper’s discretion. Subject to weather and other conditions. Vehicle restrictions apply. Contact terminal for information. To enable safety procedures to be carried out, passengers must be at the terminal at least 15 minutes before sailing time. Normal Office Opening Hours: Jun & Sep - 08:30 to 18:00, Jul & Aug - 08:30 to 18:30.

RIFL has implemented a new Refund Policy, due to an increasing number of 'no shows' and late cancellations.

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*** Please be mindful that not all Rathlin businesses will reopen fully or at all for this coming season. ***

McCuaig's Bar is open daily from 11.30am. The Manor House has reopened for the season.

The island shop is open, serving takeaway tea and coffee and wraps as well as their wide range of groceries. The Hungry Seal, will be open Thursdays to Tuesdays (closed Wednesdays), 11.00am-7.00pm, from 28th April. The Water Shed Café has now reopened as well. Also currently open is Island Treasures gift shop and post office, and Breakwater Studio. The West Light Seabird Centre has reopened, as has the Boathouse Visitor Centre. The bicycle hire is open - advance booking essential (The bike hire will be closed temporarily Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th August).

Much of the island's accommodation has reopened, though some remains closed. The Manor House is reopening for the season shortly. Rathlin Island Hostel is open on the basis of lets of the whole building at a time. Druim Apartments is open on a limited basis. The Glamping Pods will reopen for the season. Rathlin Venture self catering is now also reopened for bookings. Coolnagrock B&B remains closed at present. Soerneog View Hostel will remain closed for the 2022 season. Contact accommodation providers directly for more information and to book.

The Public Toilets at the harbour are open. The children's playground is also open.

The harbour's pontoons are now open again to visiting vessels, with some restrictions. See full information here.

The bus companies operate a shuttle service to and from the Seabird Centre during the tourist season.


*** You can currently get takeaway food from the Shop (check directly for availability). McCuaig's Bar is currently allowing customers to eat their own food while in the bar. ***


*** Apart from the bus shelter and the bar, there is nowhere to shelter from the weather so please bring appropriate clothing. ***


*** Please adhere to mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing and other official public health guidance while visiting Rathlin, and keep both yourself and the island community safe and healthy. ***


#WearAMask, #WashYourHands & #StaySafe

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