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Rathlin Island Walking Tour

Rathlin Island Walking Tour - Ballycastle, United Kingdom

Duration: Flexible
Location: Ballycastle, United Kingdom

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Rathlin Island is a walker's paradise. The roads are mainly well-surfaced and they aren’t too busy, while you can also walk off road in permitted areas ... More info ›

Rathlin Island is a walker's paradise. The roads are mainly well-surfaced and they aren’t too busy, while you can also walk off road in permitted areas. Your guide is Paul Quinn, a native of the Causeway Coast and a keen explorer of the history and heritage of his local area who has built up an intimate knowledge of the island and its way of life through exploration and study. Walk options range from 90 minutes to a full day. Advance booking is essential and the details of your itinerary will be agreed at that point.

The Mill Bay Meander

This walk departs both in the morning and in the afternoon from Church Bay and will last for one hour approximately. Start time depends on Rathlin Ferry arrival time. The walk is on surfaced roads, at a gentle space with few inclines. Expect to see seals and shorebirds (perhaps Curlew, Oystercatcher and Herring Gull). You will pass old buildings and hear their story. Shipwrecks didn’t just happen in the days of sail: you will hear about HMS Drake, sunk in WW1 and a ship wrecked as recently as 29 January 2007. The walk lasts a bit more than an hour and children are welcome. Find out what it is like to live on Rathlin today. How are children educated? What if you suddenly get sick? What’s the chances of getting a speeding ticket? What jobs are important?

The Lower End Walk

By “The Lower End” we mean the part of Rathlin that points south, towards Ballycastle and Fair Head. It’s called that because it is lower in elevation compared to the other portion. That larger portion points west and is referred to as “The Upper End”. A stream, entering the sea beside St Thomas’ Church, forms the boundary between the two Ends.

This walk takes place on a combination of surfaced roads and designated trails. Different routes are available so please ask at time of booking. If you walk to the Rue Lighthouse along the spectacular cliffs at Roonivoolin you will be covering about half the island. Keep your ears open to hear the distinctive call of the Chough: an island bird rarity. Altacarry or Rathlin East Lighthouse is another way to go. Unfortunately you can’t get to see round the East light. If you visit the RSPB Seabird Centre (other end of Rathlin), you will be able to see inside that Lighthouse.

Hear the tale of Robert the Bruce or stories of the many other battles fought on Rathlin. You could hike towards the lonely Coastguard Hut, looking out for Buzzard, Raven and Peregrine.

This walk lasts around for 4 hours, be prepared to get muddy at times. This tour is unsuitable for children.

The Round the Houses Walk

The walk is on a combination of trails, clifftop and surfaced roads off with different route options, but all offering you a great opportunity to cover many parts of Rathlin.

In late spring see orchids and maybe the rare Pyramidal Bugle (a favourite of your guide). This walk will last for over 7 hours, but at a relaxed pace. It is sometimes combined with a bus journey, which is at additional cost and subject to availability. With the time at your disposal you could visit all three of Rathlin’s lighthouses. Plenty to see and learn with lots to chat about. This tour is suitable for adults with a good level of fitness (not suitable for children).

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Ballycastle Food Tour including Tastings

Ballycastle Food Tour including Tastings - Ballycastle, United Kingdom

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Location: Ballycastle, United Kingdom

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Ballycastle Food Tour is a 6-stop food tour showcasing local Irish foods, producers, chefs, history and culture, only approx. 55 miles (89 km) away from the capital Belfast ... More info ›

Ballycastle Food Tour is a 6-stop food tour showcasing local Irish foods, producers, chefs, history and culture, only approx. 55 miles (89 km) away from the capital Belfast. Ballycastle’s eating places reflect its coastline, countryside and love of a ‘good feed’. It showcases everything from an Ulster Fry to bread and cakes, from fresh fish to high class patisserie, from cheese to ale, from local farmers to artisan producers. You stop at The Bay Café for a breakfast stack; walk around the local Spar tasting local cheese; Thyme and Co for cake and scones; The Central for seafood chowder and Guinness bread; O’Connors for a daily special and Rathlin Red Ale; Ursa Minor for sourdough bread and patisserie. It showcases other foodie and non-foodie gems, gives guests a sustainable cotton bag and local leaflets about what’s available in the town such as the Seaweed Spa and art galleries/shops. Your qualified Heritage Guide will guarantee you'll have great 'craic' (fun and laughter)!

Meet at the Ballycastle Visitor Centre at 10am, beside the Rathlin Ferry Terminal near Ballycastle Harbour. Before the tour commences, your guide will give you a health and safety brief, information about Rathlin, Ballycastle Harbour and the Ulster-Scots Kingdom of Dalriada. You will then move on to the Bay Cafe for an Ulster Fry breakfast stack and learn soda bread, potato bread (fadge), an Ulster Fry as well as local habits.

After breakfast, you are on to The Spar at the seafront for local cheeses (blue, seaweed, fruit, goat's, cow's...). See huge varieties of potatoes on sale and know which ones are for which meal, see a local grocery and deli and taste yummy artisan cheese. This is followed by a visit to Thyme and Co. where you get to taste local scones, cake, wheaten bread and kelp pesto, and hear from Tom and Eimear about this award winning cafe's ethos and produce.

At 11.30am you visit The Central Wine Bar, a sea food chowder. Sea food is a huge part of life on the north coast of Ireland, as is soup, and eating lots! Taste this delicious chowder with Guinness Bread, and fennel and pumpkin seed wheaten, after which you head to O'Connor's for a daily special depending on what's in season, what the chef liked that morning, which is always a surprise! As an extra treat, you get a tasting sample of The Glens of Antrim Craft Ale and Beer's Rathlin Red Ale - delicious, brewed less than 5 miles (8 km) away and goes with much of the local food. Yum!

Your last stop of the day will be Ursa Minor Bake House to indulge in some sourdough bread baked on the premises and handmade mini patisseries. Dara and Ciara are an inspirational young couple who, after travelling for some time, came back to Ballycastle and recreated the fresh, healthy, seasonal deliciousness served with quality coffees and teas that has led them to be multi-award winning in a very short space of time.

In season you also visit Ballycastle Museum to see artefacts stretching back over 10,000 years of settlement in this area and hear how the area became what it is today.

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