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Rathlin

Rathlin Harbour

Rathlin Harbour

West Lighthouse, Rathlin

West Lighthouse, Rathlin

Rathlin is a beautiful island, well served by ferries from Ballycastle and well worth the short trip by anyone visiting north Antrim. An enquiry at the Visitor Centre established that Bruce’s Cave (of spider fame) is only accessible from the sea in a small boat in calm conditions, so we walked out to the East Lighthouse instead. This is a conventional tower, in contrast to the West Lighthouse, which is built into the cliffs with the light on a platform at its base – hence the nickname ‘upside-down lighthouse’. We met some lovely people from a 50 strong party on an outing of the Irish Dental Association, who had at one time made the trip home from St Kilda in a fast RIB in under 7 hours! Then it was back to sea for the trip across the North Channel to Islay, and a mooring at Port Ellen. We were rocked to sleep by the constant motion due to the bay’s SE exposure.

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