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Getting Here

It's easy to get to the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival whether you're coming by boat, bus or car!

On your arrival our signs will guide you to the site.

By Car to Ballycastle
Ballycastle, County Antrim is just over an hour's drive from Belfast and from Derry, and about three hours from Dublin.

From Belfast, take the M2 north, turning off onto the A26 at Junction 1.

Continue on the A26 northwards, bypassing Ballymena on another section of the M2.

After about 20 miles, turn right onto the A44, through Armoy and on to Ballycastle.

By Public Transport
There are a number of bus routes to Ballycastle, with a stop at Marine Corner, close to the marina and ferry terminal.

See here for details.


Getting to Rathlin Island 

In Ballycastle, continue on down to the seafront and turn left at the marine corner, take the next right past the marina and on to the ferry terminal building at the top of the slipway. Nearly there!

The ferry service operates from Ballycastle, County Antrim. During the summer season, there are up to 10 sailings in each direction and up to five a day during the winter timetable season.

Customers are required to pre-book ferry 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

Tel: 075 5319 3199

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