Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland
There are islands and islands. It is very easy to say that I would retire on a desert island. When someone throws that comment at you, the first thing that comes to mind is an image of the typical tropical island, where the coconut palms fan you rocked in the air and spend the day bathing in crystal clear waters where all the characters live , main and secondary, of the film The little Mermaid. In addition, food and drink appear before you by magic and, in most cases, your island companion is one of the sensual icons of the moment.
What has merit is to live on an island like Rathlin. The weather conditions of this small island in Northern Ireland have had two related consequences: It is hard to live there and that its natural beauty is spectacular. It is clear: when the hand of man is less involved in a place, it is more worth visiting and enjoying.
If you are in Northern Ireland, you cannot miss the island of Rathlin.
Unless you have a private boat, the only way to get to Rathlin Island is taking the ferry that links Ballycastle and Rathlin.
We leave Belfast soon in the morning and take the beautiful coastal road that runs along hundreds of miles of small coastal towns, beaches, coves, cliffs and viewpoints.
After making a stop at the visitor center of the cliff area known as The gobbins (A pity that we could not walk among them through the walkways, since they had not yet opened after fixing the damage caused by a slight detachment) we headed north, and continued to the ferry.
The journey from Ballycastle to Rathlin takes about 25 minutes (depending on the sea) and in winter there are departures from Ballycastle at 8,9,12, 15, 16 and 16.30 (being that of 9 and 15 slow ships that take 45 minutes), while in the opposite direction they leave at 8.30, 10.30, 14, 16, 16.30 and 17.00.
In summer (mid-April to mid-September), leave Ballycastle at 7.30, 8.30, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 15.30, 16.15, 17.30 and 19.30. In the opposite direction at 8, 9.30, 10, 11.30, 12, 13.30, 15.30, 16.30, 17, 18.30 and 20.
The puffin bus