Rathlin Island – Ferry from Ballycastle Harbour
The ferry to Rathlin Island travels just six miles across the “Sea of Moyle”. The island is six miles long, one mile wide, “L” shaped and home to a small population of around seventy people. Amidst the rugged landscape of this isolated island, you can let your mind wander and discover a tranquillity and beauty that is so unexpected. Traditional Ferry’s & fishing boats leave from Ballycastle harbour daily.
There are many tales of myth and mystery surrounding Rathlin, the most famous tells of Robert the Bruce. In 1306, the Scottish King was driven from Scotland by Edward I of England and took refuge on Rathlin. While he was on Rathlin, it is said that he watched a spider persevering again and again to bridge a gap with its web. Eventually it succeeded. Robert the Bruce took heart from the spider’s efforts, raised fresh forces and returned to Scotland to fight for his kingdom. He too, eventually succeeded and in 1314, regained the crown of Scotland.