Anchors aweigh for Rathlin Festival

It’s anchors aweigh this Friday (May 22) as Northern Ireland’s leading maritime festival, the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival, is launched!

Taking place from Friday 22nd until Sunday 31st May there is something for land and sea lovers, with sailing, historic and modern craft, demonstrations, exhibitions and guided walks, seafood themed markets as well as great music and entertainment.

On Friday, come and see the Festival Launch with the beautiful ceremony of the Blessing of the Boats before taking part in the festivities on Saturday, with; sailing taster lessons, power boating sessions, a viking workshop and cookery demonstrations among others! The events continue into Sunday 24th May, culminating with a fabulous concert with Frances Black at the Marine Hotel, Ballycastle.

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For further information about the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival, log on to or contact Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre on 028 2076 2024.

Pictured are Caroline Carey, Tourism Development Officer, Causeway Coast and Glens, John Morton, Harbourmaster, and Stephen Ryan from Rathlin as the Viking.