Rathlin is the only inhabited island off the Northern Ireland Coast and we think we are part of this island nation writes Tom MacSweeney. Our festival is about to happen celebrating all things Maritime and we would like as many people as possible to visit us and enjoy our maritime culture and heritage," says Mary O'Driscoll of the festival organising committee. "As well as markets and music, we will stage maritime have-a-go events - knots, ropes and nets making, and most importantly rowing the currachs and sailing the drontheims that were made during the festivals of the last 4 years. This is our 5th festival."
So, from the very heart of the spectacular Causeway Coast and Glens the communities of Ballycastle and Rathlin Island would like to extend a very warm welcome to celebrate their "rich and diverse maritime culture during the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival" which runs from Friday, May 26, to Sunday, June 4.
The festival is centred on Rathlin Sound, the body of water that lies between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. "From the adrenaline rush of the Sailing Regatta and races as well as exciting have-a-go activities, to tempting food and craft markets, seriously scenic guided walks, exciting and informative talks and tours, exhibitions and demonstrations, fun competitions, friendly giants, currach, Tall ship and Viking ships, there’s plenty to choose from including fantastic family friendly events.There’s a fun ﬁlled and packed programme of events at the 5th annual celebration of our rich maritime heritage," says Mary O'DrIscoll.