Rathlin Island

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Coordinates: 55°17′32″N 6°11′30″W / 55.292132°N 6.191685°W / 55.292132; -6.191685

Rathlin Island (Irish: Reachlainn or Reachra) is an island off the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, and is the northernmost point of the region. Rathlin is the only inhabited offshore island in Northern Ireland, with a rising population of now just over 100 people, and is the most northerly inhabited island off the Irish coast. The L-shaped island is 4 miles (6 km) from east to west, and 2.5 miles (4 km) from north to south. Rathlin is 15.5 miles (25 km) from the Mull of Kintyre, the southern tip of Scotland's Kintyre peninsula. It is part of the Moyle District Council area, and is represented by the Rathlin Development & Community Association.[1]

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Transport

A ferry (operated by Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd) connects the main port of the island, Church Bay, with the mainland at Ballycastle, 6 miles (10 km) away. Two ferries operate on the route - a fast passenger only ferry and MV Canna which carries foot passengers and a small number of vehicles, weather permitting.[2][3] Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd won a six-year contract for the service in 2008 providing it as a subsidised "lifeline" service.[4] There is an ongoing investigation on how the transfer was handled between the environment minister and the new owners.[5]

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