Swings and Roundabouts: Barney Goes to Sea

Swings and Roundabouts: Barney Goes to Sea

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Ballycastle, Mill Bay, Rathlin Island





10min 07sec




Betacam SP



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Barney and Jane are getting their map ready to plan out their next adventure. Today they will go on a journey by boat across the sea - destination Rathlin.

Rathlin is shaped like a foot and is about 10km from Ballycastle. Jane and Barney wait to board the mail boat in the Ballycastle harbour which will take them across the sea. But first things first, this boat also carries important cargo such as mail, groceries, building material and all sorts of other supplies for the islanders. Neil who drives the mail boat also lives on Rathlin and wouldn’t have it any other way. The journey takes about 45 minutes and as the island gets closer and closer, it becomes clear why. Seabirds, cliffs and rugged landscape and its wildlife make this island a unique place full of tranquillity, loved by the locals as much as by its visitors.


Presented by Jane Cassidy

Senior Education Officer: George Fleeton

Academic Adviser: Audrey MacManaway

Picture Editor: Joe Lyttle

Director: Catherine McFarlane 

Producer: John Scobbie 

With the Assistance of Ardglass Primary School, St Nicholas's Primary School Ardglass


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