The northernmost point of Northern Ireland is this tiny island located just 25km from Scotland across the Irish Sea, it is the only inhabited island in the country with 100 residents. Rathlin is a nature conservation site where it is possible to spot a wide variety of seabirds and has some of the most popular wreck-diving in the U.K. Rathlin Island was the location of the world’s first Wireless Telegraphy link designed by Gabrielle Marconi and it contains a cave that was the supposed hideout of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, when in exile.
There are only currently 30 rooms available on the island so accommodation is best booked in advance if possible but they are comfortable, well kept and generally located in the harbour area. There is a famous cycling route which takes in most of the island and its sights including views of Scotland and a Neolithic quarry sight, bicycles are best rented on the island when you arrive. There are a number of local inns and restaurants providing remarkably fresh sea food but The Manor House is the most formal and well regarded, it also has a number of rooms attached which all possess magnificent sea views.
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