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Hello !
I plan to visit Rathlin Island this summer. Do you have any advice for visiting ?
Could you tell me if I need to book the ferry in advance, please ?
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Bonjour Gwenaelle,

How nice that you are planning a day trip to Rathlin Island! Are you planning to observe puffins by any chance?

I'd say it's a good idea to do so, especially since you're traveling in the Summer. There are 141 spots on the ferry but they could fill up on certain days. You always have the option to cancel as long as you contact Rathlin Ferry more than 48 hours in advance. Here's a handy link to book your tickets.

A bientôt,
Antoine

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Hello Antoine,
Thank you for your answer. I'll book the ferry.
Yes, I'd like to see the seabirds, would you have any advice on the best spots on Rathin island ?
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Hi Gwenaelle,

Of course, I'm always happy to help.

As for observing seabirds, I'd suggest going straight to the West Light Seabird Centre at the western tip of the island. Puffins in particular are nesting from April to early July, but other seabirds will still be visible.

Let us know if you need anything else :) 

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Hi Gwenaelle,

Rathlin Island is an idyllic place to spend a summer's day.
   
There is a local web site that might also be helpful for planning your trip: https://www.rathlin360.com/visit/plan-your-visit/transport-on-rathlin/ 

To learn more about the wider Causeway Coast and Glens region and what it has to offer, please take a look at our web site: https://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com 

Best wishes for a great day out!
Anne

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Hello Anne !
Thank you for your answer and your advice. Could you tell me if you know the Roonivoolin walking trail, please ?
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Hi Gwenaelle,

I personally never walked this trail on Rathlin Island, but the WalkNI website has an overview of it. It has a few users reviews to give you an idea, a route description and it seems like the perfect trail for bird watching! 

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Hi Gwenaelle,

I had the pleasure of walking on Rathlin Island a few years ago when I walked the Keeble and Kinramer Nature Reserve trails.  I have vivid memories of the beautiful carpet of spring flowers, the unspoilt countryside and the incredible noise and sight of the seabird colony there.

I haven't done the Roonivoolin Reserve and Trail, to the south of the island, but by all accounts it is equally as beautiful.  It is a great place to view both the Scottish and Irish coastlines and some of the wildlife you might hope to encounter is the Irish Hare, seals and curlews.  If you are really lucky you might spot the Irish Golden Hare, some of these rare creatures have distinctive blue eyes, not that you are likely to get close enough to spot this as they are so speedy!

Please let us know how your day goes on Rathlin Island,
Anne


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