Each and every Sunday I read the Observer's Escape supplement and dream about holidays in far flung destinations which I will probably never be able to afford to visit.
Imagine my surprise therefore to find an entry on Rathlin Island included in an article on Europes Secret Islands!
The Observer recommends the island as a holiday destination for "naturalists, sea-anglers, bird-watchers" and also gives a concise guide to getting there and the islands accomodation stating
Getting there: Caledonian MacBrayne (028 2076 9299; www.calmac.co.uk) runs twice daily ferries all year round from ?3.80 day return. The National Trust operates a B&B, the Manor House, which will reopen after renovations in the spring (028 207 31582). Alternatively, both Coolnagrock B&B (028 2076 3983) and the Rathlin Guesthouse (028 2076 3917) provide accommodation.
If anyone is interested in visiting Rathlin Island (and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the North Coast) then Antrim.net has a great guide to the island, including details on its three lighthouses, many shipwrecks and its historical past dating back to 6,000 BC. You can find some great pictures of Rathlin Island its lighthouses and harbour here.
For details on the Rathlin Bird Sanctuary have a look at the RSPB website and if you happen to be around in April you may want to join the RSPB in welcoming the birds back to the island for the spring!