Rathlin Island, Ballycastle

Rathlin Island is a six-miles long, one mile wide inhabited island (population under 100) just across the Sea of Moyle from Ballycastle. Just 15-miles from Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre, the ferry to Rathlin is always popular, especially with enthusiasts visiting the island’s renowned RSPB Seabird sanctuary. In 1306 King of Scotland Robert The Bruce took refuge on Rathlin. It’s said he observed a spider repeatedly trying to spin a web and suitably inspired, he returned to Scotland to fight for and ultimately win his kingdom.