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Kintra Boat Tours - Great Lighthouses of Rathlin Island

Bayview Road, Ballycastle, County Antrim, BT54 6BT
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Kintra Boat Tours sails all year round from Ballycastle along the Causeway Coast and Rathlin Island, one of Ireland's most spectacular wildlife habitats with breath taking scenery.

Kintra is a modern purpose built passenger boat for sightseeing tours and is licenced by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for 55 passengers.

Kintra is headed up by owner, boat master and skipper Charles Stewart. A qualified marine expert with over 20 years’ experience in Irish waters, Charles is an expert mammal observer and keen bird watcher. Supported by environmental scientist, Dawn Hynes and an extensive team of skippers, local history buffs, wildlife experts and even a zoologist the Kintra crew are well prepared to answer all your questions.

Moored in the seaside town of Ballycastle in county Antrim on the north coast of Ireland, the Kintra catamarans are purpose built to ensure 360 degree views with the ability to get up close to the rugged cliff faces to provide the best possible experience. Set sail for the northernmost point in Ireland, through a UNESCO heritage area and home to three historic lighthouses including the unique “upside down” Rathlin West Light. Stimulate your senses with the sights, smells and sounds of the coast as the towering lighthouses guide your way. Journey through time as story keepers share fascinating insights into the lives of those who kept the beacons alight. Feel the freedom of the open sea as you sail past towering cliff and sea stacks hosting unique wildlife in Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony in the company of the friendly and engaging Kintra crew. Highlights Include:

· The Crew | highly experienced | local history buffs | wildlife enthusiasts| mariners| story keepers

· Rathlin | Ireland’s northernmost point | NI’s largest seabird colony | 3 lighthouses | protected area

· Kintra Boats | Ballycastle pier | 2 state of the art vessels | modern facilities | accessible

· Tours | scheduled | private | diverse budgets and interests | fully guided | early and evening tours

· Nature | colony of seabirds | puffins | seals | whales | dolphins | flora and fauna | rugged coastline

* Hot drinks and toilet facility onboard.

Kintra's skippers are incredibly knowledgeable about the geography, history and the wildlife of the Causeway coast and Rathlin Island. They also have an on-board wildlife guide and are happy to answer all your questions before, after and during our trips.

Take a look at Kintra's boats and different trips & tours. Then plan your visit and reserve your place online now!

The Causeway Coast and Rathlin island surrounding seas are an internationally important wildlife reserve. During the spring breeding season over 100,000 pairs of puffins, guillemots, razorbills, eider ducks, kittiwakes, fulmars, shags, cormorants, Arctic and common terns - plus more - make the cliffs their temporary home. Gannets are regular visitors to feed in the rich seas along the Causeway Coast.

Throughout the year hundreds of grey and common seals can be seen basking on the rocks.

Cetacean sightings are frequent too with good sightings of harbour porpoise, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphin, Risso dolphin, Minke whale and basking sharks in late summer.

Trips depart from Ballycastle Harbour daily during the summer months and can booked online or by telephone. Follow Kintra on Facebook for daily updates.
Prices start from , Adults £20 Children (U16) £12


Children & Infants

  • Suitable for Children

Establishment Features

  • Groups catered for
  • Online Booking
  • Prior Booking Required
  • Toilets

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Euros accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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