Go walkabout on stunning Rathlin Island

Published on : Friday, November 22, 2013

resize_1384872688Rathlin Island, which measures just 6 km from east to west, and 4 km from north to south, is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, renowned for its rugged scenery as well as for its seabird breeding colonies.

 

The virtually car free island is a walkers’ paradise offering peace and quiet, stunning views and the warmest of welcomes from its permanent population of just over 100 people.

 

The new routes – Ballyconaghan Trail, Kebble Cliff Walk, Kinramer North Walk and Kinramer Trail – crisscross the island and, with the existing and popular Rathlin Trail and Roonivoolin Walk, provide walkers with a variety of ways to explore the natural beauty.

 

The 2.9km circular Ballyconaghan Trail takes walkers through National Trust land in the north of the island providing stunning views out to the Atlantic and Scotland.

 

Taking in the south of the island with superb views of dramatic sea cliffs, the 3km circular Kebble Cliff Walk passes Bull Point, near to where Richard Branson crash landed his hot air balloon in 1987, on his record-breaking transatlantic flight.

 

For the more intrepid rambler seeking a challenge, the 3.4km circular Kinramer North Walk, which passes through Kebble Nature Reserve, features rough terrain and steep slopes.

 

The fourth new route is the 3km circular Kinramer Trail, which crosses open field, boardwalk and cliff top with views of basalt columns similar to those found at the world famous Giant’s Causeway.

 

Rathlin island is home to a world renowned seabird centre and a breeding colony hosting thousands common guillemots, kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills.

 

In spring and early summer walkers will spot seals around the island’s coastline and will be treated to some magnificent views of Donegal, the North Antrim coastline, the island of Islay and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.

 

Michael Cecil, Chair of the Rathlin Development & Community Association, says: “We, as a community, are very proud of our island and are excited for others to now be able to explore it more easily while, at the same time, protecting and respecting those who manage the land carefully, especially through farming.”

 

Rathlin Island can be reached by ferry throughout the year from Ballycastle in County Antrim.

 

Source:- Ireland

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