CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT - RE-OPENS SUMMER 2016
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.
This handsome late Georgian gentleman's house overlooking Church Bay dates back to the 1760s in parts, and 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, but there is a wonderful sea view from every room.
Having been awarded a grant by the Coastal Communities Fund to develop this beautiful island asset, the Rathlin Development and Community Association closed it in 2015 for refurbishment and upgrade from a B&B to a 3 star Guest House; in 2016 it will reopen, with full restaurant facilities.