A rare place, wild, beautiful and of extraordinary ecological value and social interest. This island lies 6 miles off Ballycastle in Northeast Ireland and 16 miles from the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. It is eight miles long and less than one mile wide. Shaped like a boot made with layers of basalt on limestone on the higher parts. It is surrounded by limestone and basalt sea cliffs reaching 470 ft in places.
Three lighthouses stand as monument to its wild coast while over 40 recorded shipwrecks lie in the depths of underwater cliffs, caves and a marine botanical paradise. The land, its history environment and community are inextricably interrelated and this has created a serve of place which can fire imagination and create that island magic and magnetism for which islands are famed.