There are a surprising number of places to eat on Rathlin, each offering a different delight to the foodie visitor.
1. Sarah's Watershed Cafe - cool, hipster and retro with gorgeous breakfasts and lunch time eats like freshly made toasted sandwiches or unusual soups accompanied by local soda bread.
2. Create a picnic from local artisan cheeses, meats, and breads at Boyle's Delicatessen in Ballycastle and add a wee treat from the Community Shop on Rathlin. Ksenia or Aoife let us know when there's fresh fish or cooked lobster in from the fishermen.
3. Eat your picnic at the Kelp Store, watching the seals or just staring out across the ocean. Heaven.
4. McCuaig's Bar - on the food tour, we have vegetable soup and wheaten bread because I could talk about the history and provenance of these two foods for HOURS! If you're by yourself, there's fresh fish and chips, or a glass of Rathlin Red ale to be had. YUM.
5. The Manor House on Rathlin has been refurbished to a high level and is a beautiful boutique guest house, complete with en suite rooms, a cute wee bar/seating area and a BIG fire. Here you could have a full meal (if you still had room!) or perhaps a kelp and parmesan scone with fresh butter and a hot cup of tea. Kelp is a local delicacy and sown, grown and harvested on the island. Unbeatable!
6. Remember to book your trip with the Rathlin Island Ferry Company and consider booking into the Manor House or an Airbnb on the island to really enhance the experience. Imagine reading Bernie McGill's best selling novel 'The Watch House' in the place where it's set. Immersive experiences don't get much better than this...
44 Whitehall Avenue, Ballycastle, County Antrim, BT54 6WA