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Rathlin Kinramer Trail

A waymarked route around Kinramer South, taking in the south of the island with stunning views of dramatic sea cliffs and of Ballycastle beyond.

 

County

Antrim

Distance

1.9 miles

OS Map

5

Nearest Town

Rathlin Harbour

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Coastal, Hill

Terrain

open hillside and farm track

Grid Reference (Start)

D106 514

Grid Reference (End)

D106 514

Point of Interest

Sea cliffs, basalt columns

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

Follow the road to your left leading west from the harbour. Turn right by the church and up the Church Brae to the chapel. Follow the road to the left and continue on this for 4.2 km until reaching Kinramer Camping Barn on the left hand side (a white traditional style cottage with white outbuilding opposite a black barn). During the summer months you can get the Puffin Bus from the harbour and ask to get off at Kinramer Camping Barn, if you would prefer.

50m to the right when looking at Kinramer Camping Barn is a wooden gate with green waymarkers attached. Follow these waymarkers into the field and for the rest of the route. Continue through the field and cross the board walk, continue skirting the hill for 300m then make your way to the top. Follow waymarkers that lead you down hill on the seaward side, skirting the hill to the right. Continue to descend by dropping down a steep section, again bear right and follow the fenceline to the cliff top. When descending this section look back towards to hill to see basalt columns that are the same structure as those found on the Giants Causeway. Follow the cliff top to the left hand side. Bear left up a small stream valley, before using a style to cross a stream on your right hand side. Continue over the small hill and bear left in the next field to arrive at a wooden gate leading onto the road. Bear left on the road to arrive back at the Kinramer Camping Barn.

Please note that there may be livestock present on this trail.

 

Getting to the Start

Take the ferry from Ballycastle harbour to Rathlin. The ferry goes several times throughout the day in the summer and winter.
The ferry is operated by Rathlin Island Ferries, for travel times call 028 2076 9299 or visit the website at the link below

Dogs

Dogs are allowed. Must be kept on lead - livestock present

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled toilets

Facilities

Shop, toilet, bar, cafe (all seasonal) at Rathlin Harbour

Publication

Rathlin Island Walking Leaflet

Publication Availability

Available at the Ferry Terminal, on the ferry, or can be downloaded on this page.

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
 
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Ratings and Comments

★★★★★
Paul 11 November, 2013 @ 09:58

Did this great walk yesterday in sunny calm conditions. I would recommend it for the views and the variety of habitats. I walked it starting at the Camping Barn. Signage is good in most parts. I think signage could be improved as you approach the stile. I was expecting it but some posts 300m beforehand telling me not to descend into the wet gully would have ben useful. Something to say follow the line of the stone wall. This area will also get overgrown with brambles which suggests a bit of height for the markers would be useful. In all a great walk I will do it again. Why not join me - here or elsewhere on Rathlin. I do this all the time see website www.rathlinwalkingtours.com

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