Captain & Crew
Welcome to the Rathlin Sound
The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival warmly welcomes all visiting captains and their crew to the Ballycastle and Rathlin Harbours.
Please use the info below to find out what you need to make visiting the Causeway Coast for the Maritime Festival as easy as possible.
We're really pleased to welcome you and hope you enjoy your visit.
Situated on the spectacular North Coast of Northern Ireland, Ballycastle is a traditional, friendly seaside town, which provides an excellent base to explore such attractions as the Giant’s Causeway and The Glens of Antrim.
The superb 74 berth Blue Flag marina is situated within the inner basin of Ballycastle Harbour and provides visiting vessels with sheltered pontoon berthing for vessels up to 20 metres. Please contact the harbour office for further berthing information.
Portnagree House Harbour & Marina Visitor Centre
New onshore facilities constructed in 2012 are complete with showers, toilets and laundry as well as having 24 hr. pin code access and Wi-Fi .
The most recent addition to the building is a visitor information office on the ground floor with helpful staff that can provide you with all the local information including travel, attractions, eating out, accommodation etc.
Ballycastle Harbour& Marina
N. bkwtr FL (3) G 6s 6.5m 6M
S.bkwtr FL (2) R 4s 4.6m 1M
Tides heights for Ballycastle Harbour -0320 on Dover
Harbour Master: John Morton
Office No: 028 207 68525
Mobile Number: 07803 505084
Rathlin Island Harbour
Rathlin Island is a magnet for sailors, birdwatchers and divers. The island has spectacular cliffs and is renowned for its colonies of puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills. The waters around Rathlin have strong tides and are strewn with wrecks, the biggest being the 14000-ton World War I armoured cruiser Drake, torpedoed in 1917.
The new pontoons in the harbour at Church Bay have berths for approximately 40 boats.
Latitude: 55 Degrees 17' 27"
Longitude: -6 Degrees 11' 51"
Facilities include: Harbour Master, Marina Facility, Anchorage, Mooring Fee Payable, Fresh Water, Shore power, Provisions Store, Bar, Restaurant, Slipway. Small shops, Post Office, Pubs, Restaurant. Ferries to Ballycastle.
Detailed info on sailing into the harbour at Church Bay available here.
Marine Traffic's Port Calls, Arrivals & Departures page for Rathlin's harbour.
Rathlin Marina Assistant Contact Number: 077 2459 4118
Harbour Master: John Morton
Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd
Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd offers islanders, locals and tourists a friendly value for money ferry service from Ballycastle to Rathlin Island on the Causeway Coast and Glens route. A world away for a day!
They have 2 ferries operating in the waters between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle.
These waters are known as the Rathlin Sound or the Sea of Moyle and many vessels of all shapes and sizes frequent them. Both Ballycastle Harbour and Rathlin Island Harbour are busy ports, especially in summer months with visiting cruise liners, yachts, tall ships, sail boats, fishing boats, kayaks and even reproduced viking ships. Their vessels are Rathlin Express (RE) and Spirit of Rathlin (SOR).
Customers are required to pre-book tickets in advance.
If you are unable to book your preferred sailings through the online booking system via their website then please contact them directly on