Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2025

For information about exact dates and arrangements for this event during the COVID 19 restrictions please visit the website.

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This Festival celebrates the maritime heritage of the North Anrtim Coast and in particular that of Rathlin Sound, the body of water between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle on the mainland.

As you’d expect much of the festival activity takes place on the water – there is a sailing regatta and currach racing,  a visiting tall ship and an ‘invasion’ by a viking ship. You can get on the water by trying power boating on the sound or kayaking in the harbours in Ballycastle or Rathlin.

On land there are guided walks and tours of the very scenic coastline, while cookery demonstrations and a craft and food market with an emphasis on local produce cater to foodie visitors. There is a varied programme of entertainment ranging from concerts and art exbibitions to loads of family friendly events.

Date and details for 2025 subject to confirmation.

The North Antrim coast is a stunningly beautiful part of Ireland and a visit during the festival will give you a chance to get active in it, rather than just looking at it. Visiting Rathlin is always special, so do your best to get that side of the Sound if at all possible.

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Festival events are pretty evenly spread between Ballycastle and Rathlin. Many are free, but tickets are required for concerts and some activities and can be booked at the website.

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