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Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland, UK

Tranquil Rathlin Island is an unspoiled sanctuary of natural grandeur, rich in history and teeming with an array of flora and fauna. Its rugged cliffs serve as a haven for seabirds, making it a paradise for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. As you approach Rathlin by sea, the iconic lighthouses stand sentinel, guiding sailors through the often tumultuous waters. The island's charm extends beyond its natural beauty; it's steeped in a rich tapestry of history. The stories of the island’s past are woven into the fabric of its present, from the ancient legends of marauding Vikings to tales of Robert the Bruce, who sought refuge here in 1306.

The island's only inhabited settlement, Church Bay, is home to a welcoming community that embraces the slower pace of island life. Explore the island's walking trails that wind across the landscape, leading you to hidden gems such as the "upside-down" lighthouse at the West Light Seabird Centre.