Quality Walk

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.





1.9 miles

OS Map


Nearest Town

Rathlin Harbour

Route Shape


Route Type

Coastal, Hill


open hillside and farm track

Grid Reference (Start)

D106 514

Grid Reference (End)

D106 514

Point of Interest

Sea cliffs, basalt columns

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

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.


Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

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.


Dogs are allowed. Must be kept on lead - livestock present

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled toilets


Shop, toilet, bar, cafe (all seasonal) at Rathlin Harbour


Rathlin Island Walking Leaflet

Publication Availability

Available at the Ferry Terminal, on the ferry, or can be downloaded on this page.

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