Set between Great Britain and Ireland in the Irish Sea is the Isle of Man, an island with great diversity and attracting visitors year after year. From the flats in the north to the hills in the south, the Isle of Man has a variety of landscapes. It is served by regular ferries to and from Liverpool and Heysham, as well as other services to and from Belfast and Dublin in the summer.
There are 17 stunning glens on the island that can be found in both coastal and hilly areas, with dramatic waterfalls, rock pools and lush greenery, they’re the perfect day out for exploring the Isle of Man’s natural surroundings, while the miniature railway at Groudle Glen, and the children’s park and boating lake at Silverdale are great family days out.
You should take in the stunning views from Snaefell Mountain, take the Snaefell Moutain Railway up to the summit. For the more daring, there is the famous Isle of Man TT race that started in 1907 and takes place every year in late May and early June.
The beaches on the Isle of Man are one of the amenities that draw so many people to this island. The rugged cliffs in the south offer some breathtaking walks that are a definite must for any outdoor lover. In a dramatic contrast, head to the north west of the island for long stretches of golden sands for peaceful family days on secluded beaches. For a little more hustle and bustle, beaches like Port Erin, Peel and Laxey are lively in summer, while you’ll find shingle beaches at the Point of Ayre.
Whichever coastal environment is most inviting to you, you’ll find an array of marine life like whales, dolphins, sharks and seabirds, while the more active will love the watersports and diving to explore the abundance of shipwrecks, and then there’s the fishing and boat trips. To experience the great outdoors, take the Way of the Gulf walkway that follows the coastline and covers approximately 95 miles and takes six days to complete. A lovely day out can be had at the Calf of Man, a small islet at the southernmost tip of the island with a bird sanctuary.
If you’re after a little more culture then you’ll find lots of historical attractions like the Cashtal Yn Ard in the north east that is a Neolithic chambered tomb and Megalithic burial site Meayll Circle in the south. Fun family days out include Cregneash Village, which is an open air working agricultural museum on the south of the island, as well as the Grove Rural Life Museum, a perfectly preserved Victorian family home.
Date posted: 21st April, 2017Home > Articles > Isle of Man