Renowned especially for bird watching, Rathlin is eight miles long and less than one mile wide and, with a population of under 100 and very few cars, it has an away-from-it-all atmosphere that is becoming increasingly hard to find.
Perfect for walking, sea fishing and sub-aqua diving, it appeals to visitors who like to get up close and personal with nature, and offers an opportunity to explore the geology, archaeology, local and natural history of an island in a wild location.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean doing without creature comforts and, at the end of the day - when most visitors have taken the last ferry back to Ballycastle - a few lucky folk can repair to a room at The Manor House.
Now owned by the National Trust, this handsome late Georgian gentleman's house overlooking Church Bay dates back to the 1760s in parts, and offers accommodation - and good food too, for both residents and day visitors.
There is a an attractive, slightly spartan, style about the long slim building - the simple whitewashed exterior and the plain but well furnished interiors are exactly what such a place, in such a setting, should be.
The view out over the little harbour and pier with the ferry going to and fro is lovely, and you need never miss the ferry as you can see it arrive and saunter down just as they slip the ropes.
The bedrooms are all different, some with an en-suite bathroom or shower room, or there may be an adjacent private bathroom down the hall, and each individually decorated in a simple style befitting the building and its location – what they have in common is a wonderful sea view from every room.
A simple supper is offered to residents, specialising in a daily selection of Rathlin Island seafood, but there is currently no licensed restaurant or bar facility.
Fairtrade teas and coffee are available to non-residents through the day and several other nearby businesses offer food and refreshment.
All in all it is an unfussy place, but nicely laid out – and very appropriate for an offshore island full of history.