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Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

Ballycastle and Rathlin Island, Ballycastle, Antrim, BT54 6BT
A group of people building a raft with a female character in a costume
  • A group of people building a raft with a female character in a costume
  • A man playing an accordion and a man playing a violin
  • Two Irish dancers entertaining the crowd inside a marquee
  • Customers browsing the stalls at the Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market
  • Two chefs wearing black aprons showing a table full of local seafood
  • Children enjoying a drumming lesson on the grass
  • A traditional wooden boat with a red sail  in the water
  • Kites flying in the sky, with the sea and beach below and Fairhead in the distance
  • A local chef giving a cookery demonstration to the crowds
  • Two men wearing traditional maritime dress and hats providing entertainment


The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival celebrates Ballycastle and Rathlin Island's maritime heritage in a ten day festival from 26th May - 4th June.

Join us for family activities and experiences, marvel at tall ships and learn more about sailing, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Causeway Coast and Glens.

Talks, tours and exhibitions will celebrate a passion for the sea, our culture, and heritage. Live music will have you on your feet and dancing, while you soak up the local atmosphere.

You can also visit our Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan market during the event, where you'll find a treasure of local craft and produce to take home with you.

Event times will vary, please visit the official Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival website to view the full itinerary.



On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May there is an opportunity for public to visit and tour the ship for £10 per person. Times available on the hour from 11am to 4pm. 

Monday 29th is a full day experience on the ship; featuring a tour lasting 6-7 hrs and full hospitality package, costing £150 per person. Tours must be pre-booked through Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre. Contact details below.
Tel: (028) 2076 2024

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