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.
Distance 1.7 miles
OS Map 5
Terrain open hillside and farm track
Nearest Town Rathlin Harbour
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference D106 514
Route Type Coastal, Hill
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 and that the route is adjacent sea cliffs.
Sea cliffs, basalt columns
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.
Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk
Must be kept on lead – livestock present
Shop, toilet, bar, cafe (all seasonal) at Rathlin Harbour. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: – Disabled toilets
- There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
- Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
- Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
- Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.