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…A seabound kingdom prevailed by the independent spirit of the islanders. Welcome to the Isle of Man… and the start of your extraordinary story! This handy guide contains an overview of the Island’s history, events, wildlife, food and drink scene and everything you need to know to make your trip not only easy to organise but unforgettable too. Whether it’s that relaxing getaway with a loved one, an adventure-fuelled family break,

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a visit to one of our special events, or simply visiting a friend or relative, the Isle of Man has something for everyone. Long stretching coastlines, enchanted forests, a bridge that brings you luck and landscapes beyond your wildest dreams - visit the place that reminds you how life really should be.

CONTENTS The Isle of Man Story

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Transport, Railways & Trams

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One Year on Island 

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CULTURE

FORGED FROM ITS OWN TONGUE AND SONG…

“The Isle of Man is a special place to live, work and visit. Our UNESCO World Biosphere status recognises the unique way of life that serves to preserve our nature and wildlife as well as our culture and heritage.”

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Dive into rich history and ever-changing landscapes, a place where tradition lies within extraordinary stories of giants, fairies and cats with no tails. Legend has it our name comes from the Celtic sea god Manannan Mac Lir who shrouded the Island in mist to protect it. How the Isle of Man was created is steeped in mystique – from a time thousands of years ago when giants battled and lands were torn apart. Hear fabulous stories, investigate folklore and explore ancient Viking ruins to learn our captivating story.

For a little luck say “Hello” to the ‘Little People’ as you pass over Fairy Bridge or spot one of our famous Manx Cats! Our strong independent identity prevails through the locals and visitors are always given the warmest of welcomes.

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HISTORY & HERITAGE Ancient monuments, historic castles and museums narrate our 10,000 year story of the extraordinary lives of our ancestors. Follow in the footsteps of Vikings, experience how the Kings and Lords of Mann lived, trace the Island’s heroic poignant war story and journey through our legendary motor racing history which is over 100 years old. C RO N K N Y A R REY LA A

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Experience the traditional crofting way of life at a living museum where Manx history comes to life, or step back in time at one of the beautifully preserved estates. Don’t forget to pop by our famous landmarks – the iconic Great Laxey wheel and the four-tiered Tynwald Hill. Our fascinating story unravels through exciting interpretation, fun seasonal activities and even a depiction of our National Day made entirely out of LEGO ! ®

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Our Island is not only a land of giants and fairies, but its enviable diverse landscape is also home to wonderful wildlife. On land, expect to encounter our unique four-horned Manx Loaghtan and an array of wild birds such as hen harriers, shearwaters and puffins that soar around the cliff tops. While wandering on the heather covered moorland, keep your eyes peeled for hares, mountain goats, and most unusual of all, our wild wallabies! Always eager to make an appearance off our shores are our resident grey seals. You may also be lucky enough to spot the fins and noses of basking sharks as well as many dolphin species or minke whales remember to log your sightings at mwdw.net. Observe marine life from our accessible coast, venture out on a boat tour around the Calf of Man or along the west coast to Niarbyl - one of our most dramatic sections of coastline. Or, dive in with snorkel safaris, kayaking or paddleboarding. Read more about activities on pages 40–47.

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DARK SKIES

AN ISLAND

At each of our 26 accredited Dark Skies Discovery Sites astronomical wonders can be seen by the naked eye. With minimal light pollution the Island is a stargazers’ dream – perfect for spotting the Milky Way and ‘the Great Andromeda’ despite being over 1500 light years away! You may even be lucky enough to catch the Aurora when looking out to the North!

MADE FOR ADVENTURE

Roam free and answer the call of the wild through sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, coasteering or get your pulse racing with adrenaline-fuelled activities, such as abseiling and gorge walking.

THE ISL AND’S EMERA LD WATERS AND RACI NG STREA MS ARE THE IDEAL PLAYGROUN D FOR VISITORS OF ALL AGES.

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For faster paced adventures, take a Segway, Quad Bike Tour, Trike Tour or Pony Trek. On or off road, there’s plenty of guided trail riding experiences to choose from.

If you’d prefer something a little less extreme, try a spot of golf on one of the Island’s eight courses, with challenging fairways and views as far as the eye can see. The Island’s fast-flowing rivers, serene reservoirs and vast coastline are an angler’s paradise, where you can put your angling skills to the test. Whatever you try, we can guarantee your adventure will be one to remember.

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A WORLD OF TA NGLED TREES

AND TWISTY TRAILS… Coastal paths to country lanes, enchanting forests to 18 National Glens, mountainous peaks to racing tracks, let the story unfold on foot or by bike.

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Walkers of all abilities can marvel at majestic landscapes and follow the Way of the Gull (Raad ny Foillan) on the 100 mile coastal footpath. Complete the challenge as a five day hike or at a gentler pace by choosing sections which head through historic towns, picturesque glens and sandy beaches. Two wheelers can scale the peaks and winding forests to be rewarded with magnificent countryside and coastal views or tackle the tracks of some of the world famous road cyclists on the TT course and many regional routes.

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HID D EN TALES OF GIANTS AND FAIRIES

If you happen to visit the ancient Isle of Man, you might bump into miniature buildings that evoke the island’s rich folklore where fairies take flight. From its rolling hills and lush valleys to the rocky coastlines, there’s plenty on offer in the Isle of Man to interest travellers. Begin your journey of magical wonder by crossing the Fairy Bridge – a quaint old stone structure where trinkets, tokens and letters are left for the ‘Little People’, known locally as ‘mooinjer veggey’, to bring luck.

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The houses have been installed for the Isle of Man’s mischievous ‘Little People’ who hunt on horseback with a pack of hounds, according to local folklore. With their intricate, quaint design and astonishing details, the fairy houses and castles have appeared on hillsides, across the rugged landscape and in woods of the mythical island. Follow the trail and see if you can spot the small house at Ballaglass Glen, the castle at Bradda Head, a home inside a tree and a magnificent house next to a waterfall in Dhoon Glen. The fairies are rumoured to play in the quieter parts of glens, where rivers tumble swiftly and musically from pool to pool and only a narrow strip of sky can be seen through the canopy. Continue your enchanted adventure and you’ll find tales of giants, fairies and brownies, which are said to intervene with the lives of ordinary people, what will you uncover?

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ROUGH ROUGH VED ION

Ride on the most impressive network of heritage railways in the British Isles, powered by electricity, steam and horsepower.

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Explore the south on the Steam Railway, enjoy a ride on a Horse Tram down Douglas Promenade or take the Manx Electric Railway on to the bustling harbour town of Ramsey.

Wind your way up 2,000ft aboard the Snaefell Mountain Railway to the summit, where on a clear day you can take in the spectacular views of the Seven Kingdoms of Mann, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Sea, and Heaven, unless Manannan cloaks you in mist! Or why not hop on the more nostalgic Groudle Glen or Laxey Mine Railways? Let our legendary railroads take you on a voyage of discovery through the Isle of Man’s extraordinary history.

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A MELTING POT OF CHARACTER & TASTE

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Whether you’re after a real ale experience, gourmet cookery course or want to learn the secrets of using fresh botanicals to craft innovative spirits and wines, there’s a growing choice of food experiences and tours that will add flavour to your itinerary.

Food and drink is a vital ingredient in our heritage, perfect for the foodie in everyone. With more than 70 award-winning Manx products to sample, whether you’d prefer to dine on seafood like Manx Queenies...

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...or indulge in local ice cream, with over 60 flavours to choose from. If you need something to wash it all down with, then experience our Island-brewed beer and cider at some of the finest pubs or take tasting to another level with a tour of one of the Island’s gin distilleries. Did you know Manx lamb was featured on Masterchef, our kippers are sold in the finest London hotels, and our Vintage Cheddar Cheese is served in Emirates Airlines Business Class - what better guarantee of the quality than that?

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ONE YEAR

ON ISLAND A visit to the Isle of Man at any time of year will provide you with hours of fun-filled Manx adventure and quality time with your friends, family and loved ones. Start the year with a New Year Dip, winter brings crisp and clear starry nights, perfect for stargazing, lift your January blues at one of our charming pubs or take a breath of fresh coastal air. Hop into spring the right way with the Beer & Cider Festival or enjoy lots of family fun during Manx Wildlife Week, the perfect time to experience the Island’s natural beauty in fore. Summer sees the beginning of hazy, long sunny days which bring the Island to life, with June and August being a hive of racing and cultural events. The Island is aglow in Autumn with turnip lanterns and an experience unlike any other as the Island celebrates Hop Tu Naa. There’s something for everyone in all seasons, check our website for seasonal inspiration and event highlights. Regardless of which season you choose to visit, your adventure starts here…

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PLACES THAT REMIND YOU HOW LIFE SHOULD BE

Where better to start than our capital, Douglas, with its sweeping seaside promenade and a bustling culture quarter? The quayside is buzzing with cosy pubs and trendy restaurants. Find the national museum and the Gaiety Theatre, a jewel in the Manx heritage crown. Explore the seafront by horse tram and take in the two mile bay which includes a mini castle (The Tower of Refuge) built by the founder of the RNLI, William Hillary. Located on our south side, Port Erin welcomes visitors with its beautiful sandy beach and curved moon bay. Enjoy the beachside, peppered with cafés, restaurants and a winery or take a stroll through Bradda Glen and climb to the top of Milner’s Tower for one of the most iconic views the Island has to offer. Nicknamed ‘Sunset City’, Peel is famous for its stunning sunsets, sandy beach and of course the magnificent Peel Castle. Peel is also home to the Island’s Cathedral, several museums, and enjoys possibly the liveliest mix of pubs and restaurants in the Isle of Man! D OUGLAS

As its name suggests Castletown is dominated by the imposing Castle Rushen, one of the best preserved Medieval castles in Europe. As the ancient capital of the Island, cobbled streets, picturesque fishing cottages and historic gems really makes it a must see destination. Not far from here you can find natural wonders of Scarlett or the Langness peninsula.

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Stroll along a high street full of independent shops in the Island’s second largest town, Ramsey. Head to its most distinctive landmark - the Queen’s Pier (currently under restoration), visit the Island’s only private estate open to the public and take in Mooragh Park complete with its 12 acre boating lake. For motorsport lovers, Ramsey is part of the world famous TT Course, a short drive away is the Isle of Man Motor Museum and official TT Museum in Jurby. Nestled in a stunning valley running down to a picturesque beach and quaint bay, Laxey is best known for one of our great Manx icons – the world’s largest working waterwheel – the Great Laxey Wheel, or ‘Lady Isabella’ as she is also known. Spend a day in this beautiful village, gaining insights into our mining heritage and wandering around the Laxey Woollen Mills, where you can treat yourself to unique Manx Tartan gifts! The picturesque harbour village of Port St Mary exudes a quiet charm and transports you back in time to a more relaxed way of life. Stroll along paths which guide you along the beautiful coastline and put your feet up afterwards in a traditional Manx pub or quirky cafe.

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A seabound kingdom that’s just a stone’s throw away…

KEY: SEA & A IRPORT SERVING THE ISLE OF MA N

Escape the everyday and wake up in sublime surroundings. It’s easier than ever to travel to the Isle of Man, with regular flights and sailings from across the UK and Ireland.

SEA PORT SERVING THE ISLE OF MA N

Located at the heart of the Irish Sea, we’re just a short flight or a hassle-free sail away, giving you the option to travel by car, and even bring your four-legged friends!

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Once you’ve arrived, our scenic roads are well worth a drive, a bus network serves the whole Island and our heritage railways will transport you in true Manx style so there’s no limit to your explorations!

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Uncover the Isle of Man’s hidden treasures in your chosen hideaway and experience our warm Manx welcome. Base yourself in one of our many hotels, guest houses, self-catering accommodations or perhaps even try glamping!

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Point of Ayre Ayres Visitor Centre

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If you head eastwards to our bustling capital, Douglas, you can dine out in some of the Island’s finest restaurants and enjoy the sweeping promenade and horse drawn trams.

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Nestled in the stunning South are several quaint harbour towns which are surrounded by an array of attractions and experiences. At the tip of our Island is The Sound and Calf of Man, one of the most scenic places in the British Isles. At the heart of our Island lies Snaefell, scale the heights and catch a glimpse of the Seven Kingdoms, a sight you’ll never forget.

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Glen Wyllin

However you choose to travel around our Island, each journey you take you’ll discover all the delights of our seabound kingdom. Head north to explore the miles of unspoilt nature reserves or take the road out west to an area full of wonder, breath-taking beaches and delicious eateries.

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Milntown House

North, South, East or West, wherever you roam on our Island you can experience everything within easy reach.

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Peel Castle House of Manannan

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Camera Obscura

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Clay Head

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AIRPORT Manx Aviation & Military Museum

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Come rain or shine, our island is an explorer’s paradise with endless possibilities. Step back into a time where legends are Manx-made, uncover the secrets of a land full of landmarks that tell the story of the Viking reign, whilst you unearth a culture forged from its own tongue and song. In the evening, bask under a blanket of stars beneath our dark skies, after gazing over the extraordinary sunsets that glisten over the clear coastal waters.

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We’re sure you’ll experience days packed with excitement and adventure, on the following pages, you will find a comprehensive list of all the Island has to offer, guaranteed to add an extra dimension to your visit. One thing’s for certain, here on the Isle of Man, your story will be nothing but extraordinary.

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Grove Museum Step inside the cherished Victorian home of the Gibb family, a wealthy merchant family from Liverpool. The Gibb sisters lived a frugal but spirited life, working to maintain the place they called home. Inside their possessions reveal the story of the family. Seasonal opening hours vary Check website for timings From £3 Andreas Road, Ramsey, IM8 3UA +44 (0) 1624 812686 manxnationalheritage.im

Mooragh Park Boasting excellent leisure facilities for all ages with a 12 acre boating lake which hosts watersport activities throughout the year including canoeing, kayaking or sailing. You’ll also find tennis courts, a bowling green, BMX track and a crazy golf course as well as a children’s playground and special water play area. All year round Free Lake Road, Ramsey, IM8 3AR visitisleofman.com

Milntown Gardens

No matter the location, you’ll never be short of attractions to inspire your story. Wander around our rich heritage sites and museums, follow in the footsteps of Manx legends, hear the tales of our famous folklore. Get closer to nature exploring our trails and parks, keep your eyes peeled for our mystical creatures on sea and land. 32

Journey to the heights and ends of the Island on a heritage railway, one of the best ways to soak up our breath-taking scenery.

There are 15 acres of gardens and woodlands in this historical setting for you to explore. The many floral specimens produce a dazzling display of blooms from early spring to summer. A collection of classic motorcycles and cars are also available to view here during racing events.

All year round Check website for timings From £1 Lezayre Road, Ramsey, IM7 2AB +44 (0) 1624 812321 milntown.org

THE NORTH Cashtal yn Ard The Castle of the Heights, as it’s also known, is a well-preserved chambered tomb situated on raised land overlooking the parish of Maughold. The monument was originally a megalithic chambered cairn – a conical heap of stones built as a landmark – and is one of the largest of its kind in the British Isles. All year round Free Dhoon Quarry Road, Maughold visitisleofman.com

Jurby Church St Patrick’s Church at Jurby has stood a bare 200 years and remained a landmark from sea, land and air. A Viking burial mound remains here, as well as some simple Early Christian Manx Crosses in the church porch. There are also Norse cross slabs from the 10th Century, including the beautiful Heimdall Cross. All year round Free Church Road, Jurby West, IM7 3AY +44 (0) 1624 898003 visitisleofman.com

Kirk Maughold Church This church contains a large number of Celtic crosses from the 6th-13th Century. The cross house in the churchyard contains almost a third of all pre-Norse cross slabs found on the Island, including the

Pillar Cross which depicts the oldest stone-carved example of the three legs of Mann symbol on the Island. All year round Free Maughold Road, Maughold, IM7 1AS +44 (0) 1624 812275 visitisleofman.com

Curraghs Wildlife Park The perfect place for a fun-filled family day out with over 350 types of animal to discover living in 40 acres of beautiful, natural scenery. Kids and nature lovers will love learning about all the different animals, from penguins and meerkats, to wallabies and monkeys. All year round Check website for timings From £6.50 Main Road, Ballaugh, IM7 5EA +44 (0) 1624 897323 curraghswildlifepark.im

Isle of Man Motor Museum Explore the amazing stories of over 500 unique vehicles from around the world, including classic motorcycles, cars and much more. Delve into 110 years of TT and motoring history with the vast collection of bikes, rider helmets, clothing, awards and memorabilia. New 2019 exhibitions celebrate the 100th TT meeting and showcase Peel Engineering including the iconic P50 and other Peel products. All year round Check website for timings From £6.50 Jurby, IM7 3BD +44 (0) 1624 888333 isleofmanmotormuseum.com

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Jurby Transport Museum The museum is set in a former RAF Aircraft Hanger, housing many vintage Manx buses, cars and wagons as well as rail vehicles which may be of particular interest if you enjoy using the Heritage Railways. Children can enjoy the miniature displays of toy cars and trains including a Hornby Dublo Train. April - Oct Check website for timings Free Jurby Industrial Estate, Jurby, IM7 3BD jtmiom.im

Ayres Visitor Centre & Nature Trail The National Nature Reserve covers several miles of beach and dunes. It is internationally recognised for its wildlife and rare native flora. The Manx Wildlife Trust established the Centre and Nature Trail to increase public understanding of the vulnerable area and to provide information about its birds and habitats. Visitor Centre open May-Sep, Tue-Sun, 2-5pm Free

with artifacts and treasures unique to the Isle of Man. Everyday, 10am-5pm Free

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National Art Gallery

Isle of Man Steam Railway

Situated in the Manx Museum, the gallery houses works by a number of significant Manx artists, including Archibald Knox, William Hoggatt and John Miller Nicholson.

Dating back to 1874, this three foot narrow gauge railway still uses its original locomotive and carriages and runs through the Island’s charming countryside between the capital, Douglas and a range of destinations in the south.

Mon-Sun, 10am-5pm Free Kingswood Grove, Douglas, IM1 3LY +44 (0) 1624 648000 manxnationalheritage.im

Home of Rest for Old Horses Set in 92 acres of countryside the home is a tranquil sanctuary for elderly horses, including retired trammers from the Douglas Horse Trams, as well as over 60 ponies and donkeys. They will come right up to the fence so you can easily stroke and feed them. May-Sep, Sun-Fri, 10am-4pm Free Richmond Hill, Douglas, IM4 1JH +44 (0) 1624 674594 visitisleofman.com

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Manx Electric Railway & Museum

From the wonders of our natural world to road racing legends, there is something for everyone as you begin your journey through the Island’s vibrant history and its unique national collections. The museum is bursting

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This first opened in 1893 and is the longest narrow gauge vintage railway system in the British Isles, operating from Douglas to Ramsey. A dedicated museum has been created where you can learn more about the history of this pioneering railway.

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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway A testimony to Victorian engineering and endurance, the trams have been in existence on the Island since 1876. They were first introduced to take advantage of the booming tourist trade and to this day still carry tourists, and locals, along the promenade in the summer. Apr-Nov Check website for timings From £2 Strathallan Crescent, Douglas, IM1 4NR +44 (0) 1624 662525 rail.im

Villa Marina & Gaiety Theatre Featuring a breathtaking theatre, intimate concert halls, a purpose-built performance area for the Mighty Wurlitzer, a cinema, children’s play area and public gardens.

The centrepiece of the Villa Marina is the spectacular Royal Hall which hosts some of the biggest names in music and comedy. All year round Varies - see website Harris Promenade, Douglas, IM1 2HH +44 (0) 1624 600555 villagaiety.com

Great Union Camera Obscura This Victorian curiosity has entertained visitors for hundreds of years – offering a unique way to see the surrounding area and an opportunity to spy on fellow tourists! The masterpiece works by using a series of mirrors and lenses which are located around the roof line above a darkened room. May-Sep Check website for timings From £1 Douglas Head, Douglas, IM1 5BY +44 (0) 1624 621733 visitisleofman.com

St Thomas’ Church This church was officially opened on the 1st of August 1849. Between 1896 and 1910 the walls of the chancel and nave were elaborately painted by the Nicholson Brothers and was transformed into the unique and magnificent murals we see today which cover some 520m² of decorative painting. Opening hours vary Check website for timings Free Finch Road, Douglas, IM1 2PL +44 (0) 1624 611503/615066 stthomaschurch.im

Tower of Refuge

King Orry’s Grave

Also known as St. Mary’s Isle, the tower is a small structure erected upon a partially submerged reef, originally for the purpose of offering shelter to shipwreck victims until help could arrive. It came into being after RNLI founder William Hillary petitioned for a sanctuary to be built on St Mary’s Isle.

This site is the largest known Megalithic tomb on the Island and is said to belong to King Orry. This mythical figure is based on King Godred Crovan, a Viking warrior who created the Kingdom of Mann and the Isles upon his arrival on the Island in 1079.

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LAXEY Great Laxey Wheel and Mine Trail This feat of Victorian engineering and ingenuity is the largest surviving waterwheel of its kind in the world. The Lady Isabella as she is also known, served the mine for 70 years. Beyond the wheel, explore the mine and the trail to the mine ruins to learn more about the lives of the Laxey miners. Apr-Nov Check website for timings From £4 Wheel Hill, Laxey, IM4 7NL +44 (0) 1624 861136 manxnationalheritage.im

Great Laxey Mine Railway Passengers travel in a tiny carriage, hauled by a replica of one of the original steam engines, through the Island’s only railway tunnel and along the line which once carried wagons loaded with the metal ores. Mar-Sep Check website for timings From £1 Laxey Valley Gardens, Laxey, IM4 7NH +44 (0) 1624 862007 laxeyminerailway.im

All year round Free Ballaragh Road, Laxey, IM4 7PE visitisleofman.com

Snaefell Mountain Railway This unique Victorian enterprise is the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles. Start your journey on the Manx Electric Railway from Douglas or Ramsey to the pretty village of Laxey on the east coast - then board the Mountain Railway winding its way to Snaefell’s summit where breathtaking views await. Mar-Nov Check website for timings From £6 Laxey Station, Laxey, IM4 7NY +44 (0) 1624 662525 visitisleofman.com

Hodgson Loom Art Gallery Situated in the old Loomery, this lovely space was provided by the current owner of the mill as an arena in which Manx artists, of all genres, could showcase their talents. The Isle of Man is blessed with a surprising number of incredibly talented artists. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm Free Laxey Woollen Mills, Glen Road, Laxey, IM4 7AR +44 (0) 1624 861395 laxeywoollenmills.com

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THE EAST Groudle Glen Railway A Victorian tourist attraction restored and run entirely by volunteers. The line runs through the pretty glen and out around Groudle headland. At Christmas time, the special Santa and Mince Pie trains are a perennial hit with youngsters. May-Sep, Sun, 11am-4:30pm From £2 Groudle Glen, Onchan, IM3 4EA +44 (0) 1624 670453 ggr.org.uk

Onchan Pleasure Park A popular leisure attraction for visitors and residents alike, this park has its own boating lake, crazy golf course and large play area. Youngsters will love the battery-operated kiddi-cars whilst the older kids will enjoy bumper boats or the go-karts. All year round Free Onchan, IM3 1HU onchan.org.im

CASTLETOWN The Old House of Keys In the ancient capital of Mann, you will find the former home of the Manx Parliament (Tynwald). Be greeted by the secretary of the former home, take your seat in the finely restored debating chamber for a theatrical debate on setting the Island laws and see how democracy developed early. Apr-Nov Check website for timings From £3

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Parliament Square, Castletown, IM9 1LA +44 (0) 1624 822306 manxnationalheritage.im

Castle Rushen Once home to the Kings and Lords of Mann, the castle holds many stories within its walls. With a reputation of being one of the best preserved medieval castles in Europe, explore its rooms and furnished chambers, hear from the past inhabitants and discover who shaped its future. Apr-Nov Check website for timings From £4 Castle Street, Castletown, IM9 1LD +44 (0) 1624 827413 manxnationalheritage.im

Balladoole One of the Island’s most impressive ancient monuments, excavation has revealed a number of significant finds including prehistoric flints, Bronze Age burials, Iron Age earthworks and early Christian lintel graves. A Viking boat burial, which dates back to between 850AD and 950AD was discovered here in 1945. All year round Free Arbory, Castletown manxnationalheritage.im

Nautical Museum Uncover the story of the inventive George Quayle and his most significant surviving creation Peggy, the earliest known example of a British armed yacht. Hear about the work the Nautical Museum are doing to conserve Peggy to ensure she survives her third century.

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Scarlett Visitor Centre & Nature Trail Displaying maps, films and data, the Centre introduces the complex geology and fossil remains of the Scarlett peninsula, as well as areas of rich coastal flora and bird life. A marked Nature Trail explores these features on the ground, specifically the limestone pavements and volcanic rocks such as the Stack. Visitor Centre open May - Sep, Tue - Sun, 2 - 5pm Free Scarlett Point, Castletown, IM9 1TB +44 (0) 1624 844432 manxwt.org.uk

Old Grammar School Built around 1200AD as the first church for the settlement that grew up around Castle Rushen. It later became a school for boys and is still depicted as this to this day. It is the oldest roofed structure still standing on the Isle of Man today. Open for events & pre-booked groups by special request Free Castletown, IM9 1LE +44 (0) 1624 648000 manxnationalheritage.im

PORT ERIN Bradda Glen and Milner’s Tower Discover the tranquil beauty of Bradda Glen offering spectacular views over the beautiful Port Erin Bay and the Calf of Man. Milner’s Tower monument stands tall at the top of Bradda Head, dedicated to William Milner in grateful acknowledgement of his many charities to the poor of Port Erin and Manx fishermen. All year round Free Bradda Head, Port Erin +44 (0) 1624 824186 visitisleofman.com

Railway Museum Located on the platform of the most southerly stop on the Steam Railway. The museum is home to a fine collection of locomotives, rolling stock, memorabilia, posters and interpretive displays. You’ll also find the royal carriages which carried The Queen and Queen Mother in 1963 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1972. 9:30am - 4:30pm when Steam Railway operates From £1 Station Road, Port Erin, IM9 6AE visitisleofman.com

Erin Arts Centre The Centre is a non-profit making arts centre dedicated to presenting performing, vocal and visual art for the benefit of the Island community. Known for its ground-breaking music and opera programmes and its international competitions, the EAC is acknowledged to be one of the leading arts centres in the British Isles.

All year round Check website for ‘What’s On’ listing & prices Victoria Square, Port Erin, IM9 6LD +44 (0) 1624 835858 erinartscentre.com

THE SOUTH Kirk Malew Church In this tranquil church you will find beautiful stained glass windows, early religious artifacts and various pieces of art by local artists. Outside, Kirk Malew Church has one of the largest church yards on the Island which include the ancient Malew Celtic crosses, extensive family histories and many memorials to famous Manx families. All year round Free Crossag Road, Ballasalla, IM9 3EF +44 (0) 1624 822469 visitisleofman.com

Rushen Abbey Almost 900 years ago, King Olaf I gave land for an Abbey and so became the wonder that is Rushen Abbey. The medieval ruins and gardens have the power to enchant, for a more active visit, follow the family friendly ‘Monkey Business’. Apr - Sep Check website for timings From £4 Mill Road, Ballasalla, IM9 3DB +44 (0) 1624 823048 manxnationalheritage.im

Meayll Hill

archaeological monument you’ll find 12 burial chambers in an 18 foot ring with six entrance passages leading into each pair of chambers. All year round Free Near Cregneash Village, Howe Road, Cregneash, IM9 5PX manxnationalheritage.im

Manx Aviation & Military Museum Discover the amazing story of civil and military aviation in the Isle of Man and its people, both at home and in the armed forces in wartime. Packed full of exhibits ranging from a single button to a full-size aeroplane, the museum has something of interest for everybody. Daily during Summer, weekends only during Spring, Autumn & Winter Free Ronaldsway Airport, Ballasalla, IM9 2AT +44 (0) 1624 829294 visitisleofman.com

Cregneash Cregneash village is one of the last strongholds of the Manx language and customs which characterised the crofting way of life. Step inside the Manx cottages to see how crofters lived through stories, skills and craft demonstrations. Take time to enjoy the changing seasons and natural history. Mar-Nov Check website for timings From £3 Howe Road, Cregneash, IM9 5PX +44 (0) 1624 834993 manxnationalheritage.im

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Murray’s Motorcycle Museum A small but packed museum of treasured machines and memorabilia and a must visit pit stop for TT and classic motorcycle enthusiasts. Greeted by the owner Peter Murray the museum represents years of motor collecting covering machines from the late 1800’s through to modern times. Contact to arrange Contact for prices Santon Villa, New Castletown Road, Santon, IM4 1EN +44 (0) 7624 478162 murraysmotorcycles.weebly.com

PEEL Manx Whale & Dolphin Watch Visitor Centre Discover the species of whale, dolphin and other large marine animals found in Manx waters. You can explore the Young Scientists area, with a collection of marine mammal skulls and educational activities. Find out about recent sightings, spotting tips and how to get involved. Check website for timings Free 31 Michael Street, Peel, IM5 1HD +44 (0) 1624 610131 mwdw.net

Peel Castle Standing on the rugged mass of St Patrick’s Isle, Peel Castle is one of the Island’s foremost historic sites. Constructed by the Vikings in the 11th Century, you will find layer on layer of Manx history to pique your interest within these ancient walls, led by an informative audio guide.

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Mar-Nov Check website for timings From £3 West Quay, Peel, IM5 1TB +44 (0) 1624 648090 manxnationalheritage.im

Cathedral Isle of Man From the last three pieces of silver that Archibald Knox commissioned to unique murals by John Nicholson made from Caen stone, there are many intriguing treasures to discover at the Cathedral. Newly designed, the gardens follow the story of Christianity in Mann from the early 5th century to present day. All year round Free

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Leece Museum Founded in 1984, the museum displays a wonderful collection of objects, photographs and documents from Peel in days gone by. A permanent exhibition of TT & MGP winning racing machines, vintage, and off-road bikes are all housed in the Black Hole Prison cell where wrong doers were once incarcerated. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm Free

Derby Road, Peel, IM5 1HH +44 (0) 1624 844830 cathedral.im

The Old Courthouse, East Quay, Peel, IM5 1AR +44 (0) 1624 845366 visitisleofman.com

Corrin’s Tower

Peel Centenary Centre

Overlooking the City of Peel stands a stone tower known as Corrin’s Tower. This monument was built around 1806 by Thomas Corrin, who owned the hill. Next to the tower is a small outlined graveyard, where he laid to rest his wife and two children. Their graves are marked out with pillars of stone.

This volunteer-run centre excels as a community space and an entertainment venue. The main auditorium has seen a huge variety of acclaimed bands and musicians, particularly in the folk, jazz and country genres. The centre is also home to local movie club Films in Peel.

All year round Free Peel Hill, Peel visitisleofman.com

House of Manannan The legendary sea god Manannan will guide you through the Island’s rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past from its origins as the centre of the Kingdom of Mann and the Isles, through to the busy fishing ports of the 19th Century and the beginnings of the Island’s Steam Packet Company.

All year round Check website for prices & acts Atholl Street, Peel, IM5 1HQ +44 (0) 1624 845146 centenarycentre.com

THE WEST Tynwald Hill One of the Island’s most distinctive landmarks and a signal of its independence as a self-governing crown dependency. Tynwald Hill plays host to an open air ceremony, established by Norse Viking settlers over a thousand years ago, of the Island’s parliament, Tynwald, once a year. All year round Free Main Road, St John’s, IM4 3NA visitisleofman.com

St Trinian’s Church Built in the 14th century, known in Manx as the ‘Keeil Brisht’, or Broken Church, it has long been associated with the famous folktale of ‘The Buggane of St Trinian’s’ - a huge, ogre-like creature who lived in the hills above. All year round Free Main Road, Crosby, Greeba, IM4 2DP visitisleofman.com

St Luke’s Church & Old Tynwald Built on the site of an old keeil, St Luke’s Church sits in the centre of the Manx countryside in the Baldwin Valley and is possibly the most isolated church on the Island. It is always open to those seeking refuge or a quiet space for contemplation. All year round Free Brandywell, Baldwin, IM4 5EZ visitisleofman.com

Tynwald National Park & Arboretum A perfect place to enjoy a picnic on a hot summer’s day or to get some fresh air and feed the ducks! Situated adjacent to Tynwald Hill, the 25-acre park is set in picturesque countryside where you’ll find a wide range of ornamental and native tree species. All year round Free Main Road, St John’s visitisleofman.com

Culture Vannin Tynwald & Cultural Exhibition Centre This exhibition centre is a great way for all ages to find out about just what makes the Isle of Man Manx. In the centre, you can look at old photos of St John’s, find out about calendar customs, see how Tynwald works, and check out the Lego model of Tynwald Day.

Ard Jekyll, East Foxdale, IM4 3HL +44 (0) 1624 851672 visitisleofman.com

Isle Gallery Work showing at the gallery often includes oil and acrylic painting and wood carving, along with limited and unlimited prints of local and international artists. As well as monthly exhibitions, the gallery also hosts children and adult art workshops that run throughout the year. All year round, Wed-Sun, 2-5pm Free Tynwald Mills Courtyard, St John’s, IM4 3AD +44 (0) 1624 801751 theislegallery.com

Weekdays, 9:30am - 4:30pm Free - donations welcome Fairfield House, Main Road, St John’s, IM4 3NA +44 (0) 1624 676169 culturevannin.im

ManxSPCA This dedicated animal charity works to promote animal welfare across the Island as well as rescuing and caring for domestic and wild animals – whether they are injured, stray or simply unwanted. The charity rehomes more than 600 dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets every year. Animal visits every day, 1-4pm except Thursday Free - donations welcome

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Saltworks - SUP Stand Up Paddleboarding SUP has many disciplines from yoga and fitness to surfing and racing. Their fantastic sessions last two hours and run all over the island, from sheltered sandy bays to more adventurous paddling around our rocky coastline. All year round From £35 Queens Valley, Ramsey, IM8 1NG +44 (0) 7624 417325 saltworks-sup.co.uk

Isle of Man & Calf Boat Trips Enjoy an exciting boat trip on a 7.2 metre rib to visit the Calf of Man, see marine wildlife, sea birds and some of the Isle of Man’s coastal archaeological heritage. All year round Contact for prices

A playground for lovers of the great outdoors, the Island is perfect for adventurous escapes. Cycle our world famous climbs, freewheel down the TT Course or mountain bike through tangled trees and twisting trails. Our far stretching coastline, stunning countryside and dramatic cliffs present the perfect environment for climbers. With eight stunning courses the Island is home to some of the finest fairways in the British Isles.

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For lovers of the great outdoors and Manx culture, visit our working farms during your stay. There’s an abundance of angling opportunities with the Island being known as an anglers’ paradise. Whilst our surrounding waters, rivers and reservoirs have everything to excite and exhilarate.

Isle of Man Trike Tours

Discover Diving

Offering you a safe and unique way to enjoy the Island whilst following in the tracks of TT heroes. In addition to their exhilarating TT Experience tour, they also offer tours that explore the hundreds of miles of quieter roads and places of historical interest.

Offering snorkel safaris and beach ranger sessions, Discover Diving can also provide full equipment hire, guides and training. A charter boat service is available and offers the chance to explore the Island’s best diving sites.

All year round From £50 Sea Terminal, Douglas, IM1 2BX +44 (0) 7624 492444 iomtriketours.com

Ultimate Driving Experiences Each event is run over one day and allows you the opportunity to explore the Island’s railways by driving one of our electric trams between Laxey and Ramsey or a steam train between Castletown and Port Erin. Contact for timings Contact for prices

Port St Mary +44 (0) 7624 466522

Douglas +44 (0) 1624 697419 rail.im

The Green Wheelers Electric Bike Company

Sea Kayaking Isle of Man

Electric bikes allow you to discover the natural beauty of the Isle of Man at ease, just sit back and enjoy the feeling of gently being pushed along. Offering flexible electric bicycle rental and guided tour services. All year round From £10 Sea Terminal, Douglas, IM1 2RF +44 (0) 7624 398950 greenwheelers.im

Sea kayak tours offering something for everyone; fun times for family, excitement for experienced kayakers and adventures for others. With experienced and qualified instructors by your side on the water giving you lots of help and encouragement. All year round Check website for timings Contact for prices Douglas +44 (0) 7624 414498 seakayakingisleofman.com

All year round Check website for timings From £35 Marina House, Bay View Road, Port St Mary, IM9 5AQ +44 (0) 1624 833008 discoverdiving.im

Adventurous Experiences Discover the Isle of Man in fun and exciting ways. Explore stunning coastline, view extraordinary wildlife and receive unforgettable experiences through sea kayaking, coasteering, rock climbing and gorge scrambling. Welcoming individuals, couples, families, groups, birthdays, hen/stag parties and corporate events. All year round From £40 Ballabrooie, Patrick Road, St John’s, IM4 3BR +44 (0) 1624 843034 adventurousexperiences.com

Segway Isle of Man Segway Isle of Man provides Segway Safari tours inside some of the Island’s beautiful forests. You will be rewarded with outstanding views and have more fun than you’ve ever had on two wheels standing up! Tours are also available in Castletown and on Douglas Promenade. All year round From £20

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South Barrule Plantation, Foxdale, IM9 4ES +44 (0) 7624 252525 segway.im

IDIVEIsleofMan An independent scuba instructor and dive guide offering a huge range of PADI courses and train everyone from children and adults trying diving for the first time, to experienced divers looking to brush up their skills. All year round From £25 14 Windsor Road, Ramsey, IM8 3EG +44 (0) 7624 460391 idiveisleofman.com

Start & Finish: Ramsey Railway Station Grading: Green - Easy Distance: 16-20 miles visitisleofman.com

Ramsey Golf Course Located at the foot of the beautiful Glen Auldyn, this course was first established in 1891 and designed by James Braid in 1929. It was listed in Golf Monthly’s ‘100 Hidden Gems’ for its spectacular greens and exceptional views of Manx hills. All year round Check website for timings From £8.50

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Brookfield, Ramsey, IM8 1AA +44 (0) 1624 812244 ramseygolfclub.im

Outdoors Ramsey

Pepsi Max Bowl

Offering a wide selection of adult bicycles available for hire, with Island wide collection and delivery service available at a small additional cost. Children’s cycle rear seats, lights and panniers are also available to hire.

With 10 lanes for tenpin bowling, as well as pool tables, table tennis, air hockey and a soft play area for the little ones, it’s the perfect way to spend some quality time with your family.

Mon-Sat, 8:30am-5:30pm From £12

All year round Check website for timings From £4.50

Albert Road, Christian Street, Ramsey, IM8 2EL +44 (0) 1624 819082 outdoorsramsey.co.uk

Queens Promenade, Ramsey, IM8 1ET +44 (0) 1624 812444 pepsimaxbowl.com

Ramsey Cycle Route

Northern Swimming Pool

This relaxing ride can be enjoyed by cyclists of all abilities, particularly if the idea of rural tranquillity and quiet, level roads appeal to you. Set against the backdrop of the Manx hills, the gentle landscape of the northern plain contrasts greatly with the rest of the Island.

Offering a variety of sessions and activities for all ages and abilities from public sessions, adult only swims, fun sessions, ladies nights and parent and toddler sessions in a fun and friendly environment.

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Mooragh Promenade, Ramsey, IM8 3AB +44 (0) 1624 812852 northernswimmingpool.com

THE NORTH The Venture Centre Situated amongst the beautiful Manx countryside, the centre offers many adventurous activities on the Island, from kayaking, canoeing, sailing, abseiling, gorge walking, coasteering, archery, target shooting to an assault course. All year round From £8 Lewaigue Farm, Jacks Lane, Port E Vullen, Maughold, IM7 1AW +44 (0) 1624 814240 venturecentre.im

All year round Prices vary check website for full price list & courses Glentruan Cottage, Lhen Road, Bride, IM7 4BG +44 (0) 7624 485999 vivaldi-catering.co.uk

Kidding Chaos Visit Ballanorman Goat Farm during kidding time to see the gorgeous Boer and Angora Kids. Cuddle the kids, meet their mums and find out about their care. With over 260 goats this is the largest commercial herd on the Isle of Man. Mar-May Contact for price Ballanorman Farm, Ballacrye Road, Ballaugh, IM7 5BP +44 (0)1624 897070 manxmohair.im/our-goats

Jurby Karting A full racing kart circuit with over 1000 meters of adrenaline based fun! With an outrageously quick straight and hair pin bends you are guaranteed the drive of your life. A great venue for some excellent group fun. All year round Check website for timings From £15 Jurby Airfield, Motordrome, Jurby, IM7 3BD +44 (0) 7624 481361 iomkra.com

The Cook Shack A bespoke cookery school in the beautiful foothills of Bride, offering an inspiring programme of cookery courses, using the best of seasonal Manx produce. Whatever course you choose, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and you will learn, laugh and eat a lot.

D OUGLAS Douglas Cycle Route This demanding but rewarding route takes you out of the Island’s capital and into the tranquil surrounding countryside. It’s an ideal way to explore the idyllic glens and the coastal road of Marine Drive provides a stunning end to the ride. Start: Derby Castle Finish: South Quay Grading: Red - Difficult Distance: 27 miles visitisleofman.com

Douglas Golf Club Situated just six minutes drive from Douglas Town Centre, this course offers tranquillity and stunning views to enjoy a perfect game of golf. Designed by Dr Alexander Alistair Mackenzie, it’s a superbly varied course, offering some challenging greens.

Check website for seasonal opening hours From £8.50

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Pulrose Road, Douglas, IM2 1AE +44 (0) 1624 616865 douglasgolfclub.im

Groves Road, Douglas, IM2 1RB +44 (0) 1624 688588 gov.im/sport

Heritage Trail (Old Railway Line)

Exit Strategy

The old steam railway line from Douglas to Peel is a flat and easy walking or cycling route suitable for families. You can choose to do the whole route as a return trip, in one direction only or a small section of the trail. All year round Free New Castletown Road, Douglas, IM2 1HEE visitisleofman.com

Hot Rocks Climbing Wall Complete beginners, seasoned outdoor climbers, bouldering geniuses or anything in between, visit Hot Rocks Climbing wall the ultimate venue for climbing fun and development. With over 2,000 square feet of climbing wall, routes are regularly changed to keep you occupied whatever your level. All year round Check website for timings From £5.50 4B Middle River Industrial Estate, Douglas, IM2 1AL +44 (0) 1624 627728 hotrocksclimbing.co.uk

National Sports Centre The NSC offers an eight lane competition short course swimming pool and a leisure pool with flumes and water features. In addition, the sports centre offers two large sports halls, a Fitness Zone including gym and spa and outdoor athletics facility.

A live interactive game which gives you the opportunity to enjoy a memorable experience with your friends. You will find yourselves locked into a themed room for one hour. To escape you must solve a series of clues and puzzles before the time runs out. Weekdays, 12-10pm Saturdays 10am-10pm From £16 Peel Road, Douglas, IM1 5EW +44 (0) 7624 323043 exitstrategy.im

The Brewery Paintball Company Suitable for a minimum of 12, teams are divided into two groups and will play against their opponents to gain points by eliminating the other players and grabbing flags. Five separate games are played per session. Weekends, 9am-4pm From £30 New Castletown Road, Braddan +44 (0) 7624 495875 isleofmanpaintball.com

Noble’s Park This beautiful, well maintained park has plenty of activities and facilities to keep everyone entertained from sports courts to a bowling green, splash zone, children’s playground for tots and juniors plus a BMX track and skate park. All year round Free

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St Ninian’s Road, Douglas, IM2 4BE visitisleofman.com

Dragon’s Castle Offering a perfect place for your young explorers to have fun in a safe and friendly environment. There is plenty for the kids to enjoy, including slides, tunnels, ball pools, wall puzzles, soft play, obstacles, swinging ropes and bridges. All year round Check website for timings £4 Villa Marina, Harris Promenade, Douglas, IM1 2HH +44 (0) 1624 600555 villagaiety.com

Broadway Cinema The 154-seater cinema offers a lively mix of the latest blockbusters, family viewing, lower-key releases and old classics across matinee and evening screenings seven days a week. All year round Check website for timings Check website for prices Villa Marina, Harris Promenade, Douglas, IM1 2HH +44 (0) 1624 600555 villagaiety.com

Palace Cinema Enjoy watching the latest movies in the comfort of the refurbished Palace Cinema auditorium with state of the art digital projection and 3D facilities. All year round Check website for timings Check website for prices Central Promenade, Douglas, IM2 4NA +44 (0) 1624 682773 palace-cinema.com

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Comis at Mount Murray Golf Course This course skilfully incorporates the natural features of the Manx countryside with streams and lakes to provide an enjoyable round for golfers of all standards. The course is a real challenge, measuring 6356 yards with six par 3s, five par 5s and the rest being par 4s. All year round Check website for timings From £10 Mount Murray Road, Santon, IM4 2HT +44 (0) 1624 695330 mountmurraygolfclub.com

Clay Pigeon Shooting A session includes a round of 25 targets, the use of a club gun supervised by a member of the committee and complimentary tea or coffee. Excellent facilities are provided for visiting shooters. Sat 10am-1:30pm, Sun 9:30am-1:30pm Check website for price list Meary Veg, Santon +44 (0) 1624 827756 iomclays.com

LAXEY Laxey Cycle Route One of the shortest cycle trails and also one of great scenic beauty, but the initial climb is not for the faint-hearted! The route has several steep ascents and descents into pretty river valleys, where the road is very narrow and demanding. Start & Finish: Laxey Railway Station Grading: Red - Difficult Distance: 6 miles visitisleofman.com

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Fishing The source of the Laxey River is located on Snaefell, the Island’s highest peak. It rushes down the side of the mountain, eventually spilling into Laxey harbour. Each season during the autumn months, salmon make their way up the river. Laxey River visitisleofman.com

THE EAST King Edward Bay Golf Course A round of golf at King Edward Bay will be a memorable one. First designed by Tom Morris in 1893, the course is superbly maintained and affords some of the best views on the Island. All year round Check website for timings From £10 Groudle Road, Onchan, IM3 2JR +44 (0) 1624 672709 kingedwardbay.co.uk

Laser Blast With laser beams and sound effects, it’s a thrilling activity where opposing teams try to tag their opponents with lasers. The arena caters for up to 20 players with games typically lasting 18 minutes. Mon-Sat Check website for timings £5.00 Whitebridge Road, Onchan, IM2 6DA +44 (0) 1624 679399 manxfunfarm.com

CASTLETOWN Castletown Cycle Route This relaxing ride covers some of the gentler slopes of the Island’s south and is suitable for all age groups and levels of fitness. Optional diversions to St Michael’s Isle and Langness, both of which give stunning panoramic sea views. Start: Castletown Station Finish: Castletown Market Square Grading: Green - Easy Distance: 13 - 21 miles visitisleofman.com

Craftworks Studio

Port Erin Paddleboards

Craftworks is a paint-your-own pottery studio. With an extensive range of bisque to choose from, all of the equipment and expert advice is supplied to make your painting experience a happy one.

The sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a fun, easy and great way to spend time with the family or simply to get a little exercise. Paddle boarding offers an amazing experience of which the likes could be compared to walking on water!

All year round Check website for timings From £5 Qualtrough’s Yard, Hope Street, Castletown, IM9 1AN +44 (0) 1624 823244 craftworks-studio.co.uk

PORT ERIN

All year round From £15 Fishermans Hut #12, The Breakwater, Shore Road, Port Erin +44 (0) 7624 302308 porterinpaddleboards.com

Rowany Golf Course

Poulsom Park

Erin Bike Hut

The large enclosed play area is suitable for both toddlers and older children. A skate park features ramps, grind rails and a track made from earth. A small zip wire sits adjacent on the river side, and is accessible for children of all ages.

A friendly, independent cycle hire shop for mountain bike and road cycling enthusiasts. Offering a fleet of Orbea Avant road bikes and Orbea MX40 mountain bikes in a variety of sizes to suit all. When it comes to cycling, they know what’s what.

First a nine hole course laid out by George Lowe, the course was extended to 18 holes and redesigned by W.J. Leaver during 1905 to 1910. The course offers both relaxed and challenging pars with exceptional views of the countryside and coastline of Port Erin.

All year round Check website for timings From £20

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All year round Free Off Victoria Road, Castletown visitisleofman.com

Castletown Golf Links Surrounded by the sea on all three sides, this unique championship golf course was ranked 261 in The Rolex Top 1,000 Golf Courses. Originally formed in 1892, holes were laid on the present site in the 1900s by Old Tom Morris. All year round Check website for timings Check website for prices Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven, Castletown, IM9 1UA +44 (0) 1624 822211 castletowngolflinks.com

Church Road, Port Erin, IM9 6AQ +44 (0) 1624 835484 erinbikehut.im

Rowany Drive, Port Erin, IM9 6LN +44 (0) 1624 834108 rowanygolfclub.im

Port Erin Cycle Route

Shona Boat Trips

This route introduces you to the magnificent coastal scenery of the Island’s south-west, culminating in an optional ride down to the The Sound, with its views over to the Calf of Man – a great place for spotting seals.

These trips offer the ability to see the Calf of Man, mine workings and lighthouses as well as birds, seals and possibly basking sharks, dolphins and porpoises. Unless prearranged, a minimum of four adults are required for sailings to take place.

Start & Finish: Port Erin Railway Station Grading: Blue - Moderate Distance: 14 - 21 miles visitisleofman.com

All year round, weather permitting From £5 Raglan Pier, Old Breakwater Road, Port Erin, IM9 6JA +44 (0) 7624 322765 shonaboattrips.wixsite.com

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7th Wave Whether you want to discover sailing, learn powerboating, understand navigation or just enjoy a paddle around the bay, 7th Wave are here to get you on the water and help you discover our amazing emerald waters. Apr-Sep daily Winter, Sat Only From £10 Strand Road, Port Erin, IM9 6HF +44 (0) 1624 836366 7th-wave-iom.com

PORT ST MARY Port St Mary Boat Excursions With over 40 years experience, these trips provide the perfect opportunity to see the Island from a new perspective. During a trip you will see stunning rock formations such as Sugarloaf Rock and the famous Drinking Dragon, as well as various species of sea birds and marine wildlife up close. All year round, weather permitting From £10 1 High Street, Port St Mary, IM9 5DP +44 (0) 1624 834307 +44 (0) 7624 490615 visitisleofman.com

Gemini Charter The Gemini is a twin engine 35 foot catamaran which makes it an excellent platform for fishing and wildlife trips. In their 20 years of taking wildlife trips, the experienced team have seen basking sharks, dolphins, minke whales and birds.

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All year round, weather permitting From £15 Port St Mary Breakwater +44 (0) 1624 832761 +44 (0) 7624 483328 geminicharter.co.uk

Port St Mary Golf Course Designed by Open Champion George Duncan, this course offers spectacular panoramic views of Port St Mary and is widely considered by golf enthusiasts to have one of the best golf course views in the United Kingdom when standing at the sixth tee. All year round Check website for timings See website for full price list Kallow Point Road, Port St Mary, IM9 5EJ +44 (0) 7624 462635 visitisleofman.com

THE SOUTH Triskelion Polo Club No riding experience required! Triskelion Polo Club welcomes everyone. The ponies are experienced professionals and will help educate novice riders. We are equipped to provide lessons for those who have never ridden before and coach them through to becoming confident players. All year round Check website for timings From £20 Grenaby Mooar, Malew, IM9 3BD +44 (0) 7624 272547 triskelionpdo.club

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PEEL Manx Sea Life Safari Sail out of Peel on an exciting sightseeing and wildlife boat tour. See the outskirts of Peel Castle and venture round the coast to spot visiting sea life, including seals, dolphins, birds and basking sharks (sightings vary on time of year). Daily, 11am - 4pm From £20 Peel Breakwater, Peel +44 (0) 1624 843990 manxsealifesafari.com

Peel Cycle Route Peel and its surrounding area should feature in everyone’s Isle of Man cycle plans. Giving you an introduction to this historic port and its impressive castle, the trail takes you through the picturesque villages of St John’s and an optional longer ride Glen Maye. Start & Finish: House of Manannan Grading: Blue - Moderate Distance: 6-10 miles visitisleofman.com

Peel Golf Course Offering a complete range of natural hazards from streams and turf banks, this course is extremely varied, with many holes having been cut through pine tree plantations. Established in 1895, it continues to provide a challenging test of golf. All year round Check website for timings From £10 Rheast Lane, Peel, IM5 1BG +44 (0) 1624 843456 peelgolfclub.com

Fishing There are a good variety of angling opportunities around Peel Bay. If fishing from the beach itself, concentrate on the northern part. There is good fishing and easy access from the rocks that surround the castle and from the end of the harbour wall. Peel Bay visitisleofman.com

THE WEST South Barrule Mountain Bike Trails Consisting of 128 hectares, this plantation is a great location for first time visitors, beginners, experienced mountain bikers and children. Each trail goes through the forest at the foot of South Barrule, are fully sign posted and feature hand built single-track sections. All year round Free South Barrule Plantation, Foxdale, IM4 3ES +44 (0) 1624 843990 visitisleofman.com

Ape Mann Adventure Park Find your way through rope courses, crawl through sky barrels, take on the leap of faith, and whiz down long zip-lines. The park is suitable for both children and adults with plenty to do and includes one of Britain’s highest monkey trees. All year round From £10 South Barrule Plantation, Foxdale, IM4 3ES +44 07624 494252 apemann.info

Ballahimmin Riding & Pony Trekking Centre Experience breathtaking views over land and sea from areas inaccessible by car as you take to the saddle of a wide selection of well schooled horses and ponies. All abilities welcome and all treks supervised by experienced guides. All year round From £20 Little London, Cronk Y Voddy, Kirk Michael, IM6 1BB +44 (0) 7624 482990 welshcobs.info/Ballahimmin

Laser Mayhem Kitted out in full camouflaged combat clothing, face paint and with a state of the art military grade laser gun, you and your teammates are given a full mission brief and let loose to commence in a battle of wits, cunning and courage. Sat & Sun 09:30am - 4pm From £20 Watertrough Park, South Barrule Plantation, Foxdale +44 (0) 7624 234555 laser-mayhem.com

Quad Bike Mania This off road tour is a fantastic way for individuals, families and groups to enjoy some freedom and exhilarating adventure while experiencing the beauty of the Island. Night time tour cruising is available each night of the week. All year round Check website for timings £55 Watertrough Park, South Barrule Plantation, Foxdale +44 (0) 7624 234555 visitisleofman.com

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RAMSEY

THE NORTH

Ramsey Beach

Ballaglass Glen

The golden, sandy beach at Ramsey is bordered on one side by the Victorian Queen’s Pier and on the other side by two stone piers. It is here that the Island’s largest river, the Sulby, flows into the sea having wound its way from its upper reaches at the base of Snaefell mountain.

A pretty glen which is a favourite for artists and photographers. Carpeted in bluebells in spring and sparkling streams which dance over rocks sculptured over millions of years ago. Look out for the wooden sculpture of a wise old man which is enchanting for visiting children.

All year round Free Ramsey visitisleofman.com

Elfin Glen & Claughbane Woods These glens are adjacent to the famous Hairpin corner on the TT course overlooking Ramsey. They provide excellent walking amid scenic woodlands and offer spectacular views of the northern plain to the Point of Ayre. The woods are noted for the variety of small songbirds that nest there during summer. All year round Free

Twisted trails, rolling hills and extensive coastline, our scenic highlights are truly unforgettable. Existing alongside a plethora of natural habitats and picturesque glens, the Isle of Man is the only entire jurisdiction in the world to be awarded status as a UNESCO Biosphere.

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So, no matter what time of year you’re planning to visit, you can enjoy the many beaches, forests and serene and scenic sights our Island has to offer.

All year round Free Off A15, Cornaa, Maughold visitisleofman.com

Tholt-y-Will Glen This steeply-sided glen is set in the upper reaches of Sulby Glen and descends alongside a mountain stream. Near the lower entrance, a craft centre is open during the summer months beside which is a popular picnic area. The adjacent Tholt-y-Will plantation also provides walkers with challenging but rewarding recreation. All year round Free

Ramsey visitisleofman.com

Sulby, IM7 2BF visitisleofman.com

Ballure Reservoir

Ballaugh Plantation

This small reservoir offers a more intimate fishing experience. Offering high quality stocked rainbow trout from 2lb upwards into double figures, along with the occasional wild brown trout. The reservoir is stocked between March and October on a regular basis and an Isle of Man Government Reservoir Licence is required to fish here.

This 140 hectare plantation is home to Sitka Spruce and Japanese Larch. It has two large amenity ponds which were created in the lower part of the forest and are greatly appreciated by a large number of ducks and geese.

All year round Free Ramsey, IM7 1AB visitisleofman.com

All year round Free Ballaterson Fields, Ballaugh, IM7 5AN visitisleofman.com

Dhoon Glen Dhoon Glen is one of the steepest glens in the Isle of Man, known for its natural and rugged beauty.

Home to the Island’s highest waterfall, falling over 40 metres, it offers the perfect place for picturesque photos. The main path follows an old cart road and meanders through a dense canopy of trees. All year round Free Dhoon visitisleofman.com

Sulby Reservoir The Island’s largest reservoir lies in the shadow of Snaefell and offers a great trout fishing adventure. Surrounded by wild and rugged uplands, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to casting your line. Stocked between March and October, an Isle of Man Government Reservoir Licence is required to fish here. All year round Free Tholt-y-Will, IM7 2BF visitisleofman.com

Close Sartfield Nature Reserve Noted for its excellent bird watching opportunities, this is one of the Island’s largest nature reserves. A panoramic view of the whole area may be obtained from the top of a specially constructed bird hide a few hundred metres from the entrance. All year round Free Windmill Lane, Ballaugh Curragh, IM7 5BL +44 (0) 1624 844432 manxwt.org.uk

D OUGLAS Summerhill Glen This is a popular beauty spot filled with streams and footpaths

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to explore and a vast array of flora and fauna. The glen also now features a new seasonal dramatic lighting display. All year round Free

The beach sits in the picturesque Laxey Bay and is bordered by cliffs to the south and by the harbour breakwaters to the north. All year round Free

Summerhill Road/Victoria Road, Douglas +44 (0) 1624 696330 douglas.gov.im

Laxey, IM4 7DF visitisleofman.com

Port Soderick Glen

Laxey Glen, a favourite among tourists and locals alike, is a popular spot for families of all ages with its playground and grassed paddocks. The glen’s appearance, rich in mature exotic trees and natural woodland, differs significantly from the 1800 when a planting programme initially began.

Port Soderick is situated four miles south of Douglas in rolling countryside close to the Old Castletown Road. Whilst not as rugged as some other glens, it is very sheltered and incorporates a flowering meadow at its centre. It is also a registered Dark Sky Discovery Site. All year round Free Douglas visitisleofman.com

Marine Drive View Point See the Island’s stunning coastline and learn about extraordinary wildlife. The viewing point includes detailed information showing images of the different species you may encounter. Binoculars are also available which provide you with the opportunity to have a better view. All year round Free Marine Drive, Douglas Head, Douglas manxwt.org.uk

Laxey Glen

All year round Free Laxey visitisleofman.com

Axnfell Plantation Axnfell is on the steep north facing slopes of Glen Roy. The car park at its entrance has an excellent picnic site overlooking Glen Roy and Baldhoon, and views stretch right up to Windy Corner on the TT course. It is also a registered Dark Skies Site. All year round Free Baldhoon, Laxey visitisleofman.com

THE EAST

LAXEY

Snaefell Mountain

Laxey Beach

The Island’s highest mountain standing at 2,034 feet above sea level. On a clear day seven kingdoms can be seen from the top of Snaefell: Isle of Man, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Heaven and the sea.

Laxey Beach is a pebble and sand beach, which gets progressively sandier the closer you go to the low-water mark.

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A regular tram service operates to the summit from Laxey during the summer months. All year round Free visitisleofman.com

Garwick Beach Derived from the Celtic for ‘pleasant bay’, this beach certainly lives up to its name. Complete with clear waters and green trees overhanging the beach, this secluded cove has a distinctly tropical feel and is the perfect place to enjoy some solitude as you admire the perfect views. All year round Free Baldrine visitisleofman.com

Ballannette Country Park This reserve includes a series of lakes and offers excellent views across to Laxey and Garwick Beach. It is also a registered Dark Skies Site with an Interpretation Board to ensure that visitors can enjoy the stunning stargazing opportunities on offer. All year round Free Ballamenagh Road, Baldrine, IM4 6AJ visitisleofman.com

Groudle Glen This glen is of a deep, and in places rocky nature, with a lively bubbling stream running through its length. Excellent specimens of beech grow in the upper section whilst lower down pines and larch are more abundant. A small water wheel is situated in the lower glen. All year round Free Onchan, IM3 4EA visitisleofman.com

Conrhenny Plantation

Marine Scene Viewing Site

Gansey Beach

Conrhenny is a great place for recreation with a good network of paths, a pond and far reaching views over Douglas. It features a number of way-marked mountain bike trails and its flat terrain is also popular amongst runners and horse riders.

One of six viewing sites the Manx Wildlife Trust has around the Island’s coastline, providing a great opportunity to see and learn more about our coastal and marine life. Detailed information panels show images of species you are likely to see, such as seals, dolphins, basking sharks and birds.

This sandy beach is an excellent low water location for windsurfing, best in East, SE, South and SW winds. The beach is also popular with surfers and kayakers, two hours before/after high tide gives the best break.

All year round Free Begoade Road, Onchan, IM4 6AX visitisleofman.com

Clypse & Kerrowdhoo Reservoirs Both reservoirs are traditional fly-fishing only waters and offer high quality stocked rainbow trout from 2lb onwards, along with the occasional wild brown trout. The reservoir is stocked between March and October on a regular basis and an Isle of Man Government Reservoir Licence is required to fish here. All year round Free IM4 5BG +44 (0) 1624 685857 visitisleofman.com

CASTLETOWN Castletown Beach The horseshoe-shaped bay of Castletown offers sandy stretches and pebbly coves. The beach is a favourite among watersport fanatics, offering perfect windsurfing conditions. It is also a great spot for walking, adored by locals and tourists alike. All year round Free Shore Road, Castletown visitisleofman.com

All year round Free Old Grammar School, Castletown, IM9 1LE manxwt.org.uk

PORT ERIN Port Erin Beach This soft, golden sand beach is a firm family favourite. It sits in a sheltered bay bordered by the tall cliffs of Bradda Head and offers stunning sunsets and views to the Irish coast. It’s also a great base for walks: north to Bradda Head and Fleshwick Bay or south to the Calf of Man. All year round Free Port Erin visitisleofman.com

PORT ST MARY Port St Mary (Chapel) Beach A sandy, sheltered beach that has a small, but busy yacht harbour with fishing and sailing boats regularly coming and going. The beach is a popular venue for open-water swimming and has a swimmers’ raft. From here you can take a stroll over the “cat-walk” which leads to the inner and outer harbours.

All year round Free Bay ny Carrickey, Port St Mary visitisleofman.com

Marine Scene Viewing Site One of six viewing sites the Manx Wildlife Trust has around the Island’s coastline, providing a great opportunity to see and learn more about our coastal and marine life. Detailed information panels show images of species you are likely to see, such as seals, dolphins, basking sharks and birds. All year round Free Kallow Point Road, Port St Mary, IM9 5EJ manxwt.org.uk

THE SOUTH The Sound & Calf of Man At the Island’s very southern tip is one of the most scenic places in the British Isles. Abundant with wildlife and natural wonders, this area is a hotspot for sunbathing seals. The area is also frequented by dolphins and basking sharks and the swirling tidal races are popular with adventurous kayakers. All year round Free Sound Road, The Sound, IM9 5PZ manxnationalheritage.im

All year round Free Port St Mary Village visitisleofman.com

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Silverdale Glen An extremely popular rendezvous for all the family with a children’s playground, including a unique Victorian water-powered roundabout, boating lake and cafe. Access to the glen and toilets for the disabled are available. Near the glen is the 14th century Monk’s Bridge and historic site of Rushen Abbey. All year round Free Silverdale Road, Ballasalla, IM9 3DT visitisleofman.com

Derbyhaven Beach This cove is protected by a breakwater and is highly favoured by windsurfers, kayakers, scuba divers and leisure sailors. Dolphins and porpoises can occasionally be seen around the bay. Castletown Golf Links is adjacent to the beach and a narrow causeway leads over to St Michael’s Island, known locally as Fort Island. All year round Free Derbyhaven visitisleofman.com

Garey ny Cloie Gardens Garey ny Cloie is a beautiful woodland garden with a huge variety of exotic tree species. In springtime, the shrub borders of Azalea, Dwarf Rhododendron and Camellia add colour to the collection of Japanese flowering cherries. All year round Free Croit-E-Caley, Colby, IM9 4AP visitisleofman.com

Colby Glen A narrow and rather overgrown glen with plenty of wild beauty to enjoy, including waterfalls.

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Note the paths are narrow dirt tracks and not very easy to walk along in places. There is a grassy area at one end of the glen for picnics or games. All year round Free Colby visitisleofman.com

Cringle Reservoir This reservoir offers fly and spin fishing with high quality stocked rainbow trout from 2lb upwards into double figures, along with the occasional wild brown trout. It is stocked between March and October on a regular basis and an Isle of Man Government Reservoir Licence is required to fish here. All year round Free Corlea Road, Ballasalla, IM9 3BA visitisleofman.com

PEEL Peel Beach A golden, gently sloping, sandy beach set in a beautiful bay, bounded by Peel Castle and the Peel Harbour on one side and red sandstone cliffs on the other. It’s popular with both visitors and locals alike and has lots of facilities in the vicinity including easy parking, ice cream parlours and café’s . All year round Free Peel visitisleofman.com

Fenella Beach Overlooked by the ancient fortress of Peel Castle, lies Fenella Beach, a small sheltered cove. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the beautifully sandy bay offers

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picturesque views with the ancient fortress acting as a dramatic backdrop. All year round Free West Quay, Peel, IM5 1TB visitisleofman.com

Marine Scene Viewing Site One of six viewing sites the Manx Wildlife Trust has around the Island’s coastline, providing a great opportunity to see and learn more about our coastal and marine life. Detailed information panels show images of species you are likely to see, such as seals, dolphins, basking sharks and birds. All year round Free Peel Breakwater, Peel, IM5 1TB manxwt.org.uk

THE WEST Spooyt Vane Spooyt Vane is one of the Island’s highest waterfalls, hidden away in Glen Mooar Valley. Due to its location, the waterfall is found in a secret, tranquil hollow that allows you to enjoy the waterfall in peace and quiet before continuing through the glen. All year round Free Glen Mooar, Kirk Michael visitisleofman.com

Archallagan Plantation Archallagan, also known as the Forest of a Thousand Trails, has a good network of paths leading to picnic areas, viewpoints and ponds. The forest is popular among mountain bikers, walkers and horse riders and boasts a number of way-marked mountain bike trails, with routes for beginner and experienced riders.

All year round Free Foxdale Road, Foxdale, IM9 3ET visitisleofman.com

Niarbyl Bay Discover the peaceful bay with its rolling hills, thatched cottages and dramatic coastal paths leading to White Beach. Sunsets are remarkable in this scenic location and on clear nights exceptional for stargazing. It’s also an important geological site, showing evidence of the fusion of continents 140 million years ago. All year round Free Niarbyl Road, Dalby, IM5 2BS +44 (0) 1624 843300 manxnationalheritage.im

Bishopscourt Glen Enriched in history, the picturesque glen was formerly part of the garden belonging to the Bishops of Sodor and Man. Enjoy its scenic features, many developed by previous Bishops and their families, such as the small cave with a carved stone seat – a favourite among children and families. All year round Free Kirk Michael visitisleofman.com

Glen Wyllin The stream that follows the course of the glen to the sea has in former times driven a water mill, hence the name, Wyllin being Manx Gaelic for Mill. The glen has a children’s playground and a busy campsite open in summer months.

Marine Scene Viewing Site

Glen Helen

One of six viewing sites the Manx Wildlife Trust has around the Island’s coastline, providing a great opportunity to see and learn more about our coastal and marine life. Detailed information panels show images of species you are likely to see, such as seals, dolphins, basking sharks and birds.

This area of wooded valley is known for the sweeping left-bend and uphill exit towards Creg Willey’s Hill on the Snaefell TT Mountain Course. Featuring gardens with rustic bridges, waterfalls through foliage and the Rhenass Fall stream which makes its way down between two hills lined with boulders.

All year round Free

All year round Free

Niarbyl Bay manxwt.org.uk

St John’s visitisleofman.com

Kirk Michael Beach

Glen Maye

This long stretch of sandy beach is a favourite among locals for watersports and dog walking and is accessible by ramp. Offering stunning views of the coast and nearby rugged cliffs, it’s the perfect place to blow off the cobwebs and take in the Island’s unique charm.

A spectacular bridged gorge and waterfall dominate this glen, which is located three miles south of Peel. Covering eleven and a half acres, its beautiful sheltered, fern-filled woodland includes some relics of the ancient forests that once covered Mann.

All year round Free Kirk Michael visitisleofman.com

South Barrule Plantation Consisting of 128 hectares, this plantation is one of the Island’s most popular woodlands for outdoor adventure and leisure activities. Popular with walkers, horse riders and families, the forest also features a number of purpose built mountain bike trails and a skills area where riders can hone their riding techniques. All year round Free

All year round Free Patrick visitisleofman.com

Injebreck Reservoir Located on the site of an old village, this reservoir offers high quality stocked rainbow trout from 2lb upwards into double figures. It is stocked between March and October on a regular basis and an Isle of Man Government Reservoir Licence is required to fish here. All year round Free West Baldwin, IM4 5EU visitisleofman.com

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RAMSEY Ramsey to Maughold Taking you from a bustling harbour town to the peaceful coastal cliffs of Maughold Brooghs which blooms with gorse and bluebells in spring. Arriving at the edge of Maughold Village, you’ll find the church and shelter which houses the largest collection of carved Norse and Celtic crosses. Start: Ramsey Harbour Finish: Maughold Church Grading: Moderate Distance: 4.5 miles visitisleofman.com

Railway Ramble: Ballure Reservoir & Plantation, Albert Tower, Ramsey A varied circular walk through a plantation and open countryside. Although steep in places and can be muddy, the views from Albert Tower make up for everything. Take time to explore Ramsey Town or venture to the nearby Grove Museum. Start & Finish: Ramsey Grading: Moderate Distance: 3.5 miles visitisleofman.com

Milntown House Tours

Mar - Sep, Wed & Sat £7

From independent hikes to leisurely guided tours, your adventure will always be alongside a spectacular backdrop. Whether you choose to follow the way of the gull and tackle the lengthy 100 mile coastal footpath of the Raad Ny Foillan, or take a stroll beneath the dazzling dark skies, our choice of walks are suitable for all abilities! We also offer Blue Badge, Island wide guided tours with local experts so you can soak up

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spectacular scenery and learn about the Island’s rich history and magnificent wildlife. Our Food & Drink Tours and Experiences are perfect for discovering why the Island’s a melting pot of character and taste, our home-grown or freshly caught produce is second to none.

Milntown, Lezayre, Ramsey, IM7 2AB +44 (0) 1624 812321 visitisleofman.com

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Railway Ramble: Dhoon Glen, Ballaragh, King Orry’s Grave, Agneash, Laxey A walk through Dhoon Glen, one of the Island’s most spectacular glens, is followed by some quiet lane walking to King Orry’s Grave. The route then takes you through beautiful Manx countryside to the hamlet of Agneash, before descending to The Laxey Wheel and the village of Laxey. Start: Dhoon Glen Halt Finish: Laxey Station Grading: Moderate Distance: 6 miles visitisleofman.com

Railway Ramble: Ballaglass Glen, Port Cornaa, Glen Mona

Railway Ramble: Glen Mona, Maughold Village, Brooghs Ramsey

A short but beautiful walk taking you through one of the most picturesque Victorian glens on the Island, to the hidden cove of Port Cornaa. The route links up with a small part of the Raad ny Foillan.

Some quiet lane walking, a Neolithic tomb, a Quaker burial ground and a coastal footpath with stunning views, all rolled into one memorable walk.

Start: Glen Mona Halt Finish: Ramsey Station Grading: Strenuous Distance: 7 miles visitisleofman.com

Maughold to Laxey Following the route to Port Mooar a track takes you inland to country roads which offer views over Maughold Head and beyond to the Lake District and North Cumbria. As you descend downhill take in North Barrule and follow the route through Cornaa valley to a shingle cove.

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Start: Maughold Church Finish: Laxey Promenade Grading: Moderate Distance: 8.5 miles visitisleofman.com

Jurby to Point of Ayre This section takes place almost entirely along a sand and shingle beach. If the soft sand proves too hard going, there are many paths running parallel to the beach through the lichen heath. Start: Sartfield Beach Finish: Point of Ayre Lighthouse Grading: Moderate Distance: 8.5 miles visitisleofman.com

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8 Raad ny Foillan trail

Dating back to the 16th Century, Milntown was once the seat of the powerful Christian family. The interior of the house was decorated and furnished by Lady Edwards and her son Sir Clive but there are still many features dating from Deemster Christian’s 1830 refurbishments.

Please note coastal section is steep and rocky in places

Raad ny Foillan trail

Raad ny Foillan trail

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Start: Ballaglass Glen Halt Finish: Glen Mona Station Grading: Moderate Distance: 3 miles visitisleofman.com


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Smeale Farm Tours Discover how the cherished Manx family farm has produced high quality lambs, cereals and fruit for over 400 years. Set in a spectacular location, your guide will show you the award-winning conservation area, explain the fascinating history of the farm buildings and teach you about the traceability of local produce. Apr - Oct Check website for timings From £5 Andreas, IM7 3EB +44 (0) 1624 880888 manxfarmhols.com

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Point of Ayre to Ramsey

This outstanding coastal walk provides spectacular views and is an excellent area for observing marine and birdlife and wildflowers in the summer. Be sure to visit the Island’s largest collection of carved Celtic and Viking Crosses in the grounds of St Maughold’s Church. Start & Finish: Port Lewaigue Car Park Grading: Moderate Distance: 4.5 miles visitisleofman.com

The Wizard of Mann Enter into the magical glen and help the enchanting fairies and elves find the mysterious woodland wizard, The Wizard of Mann. Explore the hidden treasures of the glen, navigating the diverse terrain and taking in the picturesque scenery which will inspire and excite every child’s imagination. Start & Finish: Ballaglass Glen Grading: Leisurely visitisleofman.com

D OUGLAS Wallaby Walk Follow the grassy footpath as it winds through the Curraghs, discovering the wild land in which the furry animals are likely to be sighted. Make sure to bring your binoculars and wellies along so you can fully explore the Ballaugh Curraghs. All year round Free

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Inside Tynwald The Island’s parliament, Tynwald, is the oldest continuous parliament in the world and continues to debate and pass the Island’s laws today. Tours of the buildings take you behind the scenes and shows you how the Manx Government operates. Mon 2pm, Fri 10am Free

The tour gives a unique opportunity to see the Theatre’s working attributes, decor and machinery in all its glory, and it is not to be missed.

Railway Ramble: Port Soderick Station, Port Soderick Glen, Marine Drive, Douglas Head

Apr - Sep, Sat 10am From £4.50 Harris Promenade, Douglas, IM1 2HH +44 (0) 1624 694500 www.villagaiety.com

Discover some of the best coastal views the Island has to offer. Walk along the beach to the quiet pathway that hugs the cliff-top. Take a glimpse into the Island’s Victorian past by visiting the Great Union Camera Obscura on route.

Okell’s Brewery This award-winning brewery has been producing fine ales, draught and bottled for over 150 years. On a fun, informative tour around the brewery you will discover the many complex processes which go into the creation of their delicious beers.

Start: Port Soderick Station Finish: Douglas Harbour Grading: Leisurely Distance: 4.5 miles visitisleofman.com

Douglas to Ronaldsway As you head south along the Island’s picturesque coastline you will be met with breathtaking scenery and stunning panoramic views across Douglas Bay, before following the old coast road, Marine Drive which eventually arrives at Port Soderick. Start: Douglas Millennium Bridge Finish: Ronaldsway Grading: Moderate Distance: 12.5 miles visitisleofman.com

Gaiety Theatre Guided Tours Steeped in history and tradition, the Gaiety Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of work from the legendary architect, Frank Matcham.

Thur 7:30-10pm £9

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Old Castletown Road, Kewaigue, IM2 1QG +44 (0) 1624 699400 okells.co.uk

Hooded Ram Brewery Tours & Open Tasting Nights As the Island’s newest brewery (started production in 2013), they produce a variety of award winning ales to meet the tastes of the most discerning real ale fan. Tasting nights are the 1st Friday of each month and tours can be booked by arrangement on the 2nd and 3rd Friday. Check website for timings £15 Hills Meadow, Douglas, IM3 1LE +44 (0) 1624 612464 hoodedram.com

Douglas Guided Pub Walk Discover the origins of some of the most popular pubs in Douglas and see how a modern working cellar operates. Discover the history of beer - find out what makes a quality pint and have a taste. Apr - Sep, Tues only £25 Alexander Drive, Douglas, IM2 3QF +44 (0) 1624 699493 visitisleofman.com

Douglas Quayside Pub Walk Stroll along “The Barbary Coast” and visit some of the most popular pubs in Douglas. Get an insight into the origins of the pubs and their unique points of interest. Discover the history of beer and how the public house has evolved. Apr - Sep, Sat only £25 Banks Circus, North Quay, Douglas, IM1 5AB +44 (0) 1624 699493 visitisleofman.com

Railway Ramble: Glen Mona, Snaefell Mines, Laxey Valley, Agneash, Laxey Village A steep but rewarding walk taking you across open moorland before descending to the disused Snaefell Mines. A pleasant track then takes you through the valley running parallel with the Snaefell Mountain Railway as you descend into the charming village of Laxey Start: Glen Mona Station Finish: Laxey Station Grading: Strenuous Distance: 6 miles visitisleofman.com

Laxey, Agneash and King Orry’s Grave Magnificent views of Snaefell and surrounding hills, the historic Great Laxey Wheel, the Viking King Orry’s grave and the charming village of Laxey all combined in one circular beautiful walk. Start & Finish: Laxey Station Grading: Moderate Distance: 4 miles visitisleofman.com

LAXEY Railway Ramble: Laxey, Agneash, Snaefell, Sky Hill, Ramsey This walk takes you to the highest point on the Island, Snaefell, across open moors via the Millennium Way to the north of the Island with spectacular views throughout. Start: Laxey Promenade Finish: Ramsey Station Grading: Strenuous Distance: 12.5 miles visitisleofman.com

Laxey to Douglas Begin your walk at Laxey Promenade, before following the steep footpath leading towards Baldrine. Take time to discover the isolated cove of Garwick Bay before continuing on to Ballanette Reserve. Here you can explore the picturesque Reserve with its abundance of wildlife and coastal scenery. Start: Laxey Promenade Finish: Douglas Millennium Bridge Grading: Moderate Distance: 9.5 miles visitisleofman.com

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Start: Point of Ayre Lighthouse Finish: Ramsey Harbour Grading: Moderate Distance: 5.5 miles visitisleofman.com

Maughold Marvels

Legislative Buildings, Finch Road, Douglas, IM1 3PW +44 (0) 1624 685520 www.tynwald.org.im

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This leisurely walk offers some of the best coastal walks in the British Isles. Be accompanied by species of birds and the occasional seal, whilst on route, as well as taking in the spectacular views the Island has to offer.

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THE EAST Railway Ramble: Baldrine, Axnfell, Glen Roy, Laxey

Railway Ramble: Santon Station, Glen Grenaugh, Port Grenaugh, Santon Head Hop off the Steam Train at Santon Station to take in the sights of a sandy hidden cove leading to a section of the Raad ny Follian, the coastal footpath and a little known glen which blooms in spring. Start & Finish: Santon Station Grading: Leisurely Distance: 6.5 miles visitisleofman.com

CASTLETOWN

A stunning coastal walk to Langness Peninsula, with a historic fort and keeill thrown in for interest. A paradise for marine and bird enthusiasts. Start & Finish: Castletown Station Grading: Leisurely Distance: 7 miles visitisleofman.com

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Finish: Balladoole Historic Monument Site Grading: Leisurely visitisleofman.com

PORT ERIN Foraging Vintners Craft Winery Tour Using home-grown produce and eco-friendly methods to make their own sparkling wines, Foraging Vintner’s is a new craft winery offering wine tours and tastings for groups of between 4 to 25 people. Learn how Rhunessa, the winery’s popular Rhubarb sparkling wine, is made in the methode traditionnelle and pick up a bottle to take home with you. All year round Check website for timings Contact for prices The Old Coal Shed, The Breakwater, Port Erin, IM9 6JA +44 (0) 7624 261824 foragingvintners.com

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Incorporating a section of the Raad ny Follian, the coastal footpath, the stunning views from Milner’s Tower along the coastline are worth the climb. The path zig-zags steeply to the remote and pebbly Fleshwick Bay. Start & Finish Port Erin Station Grading: Moderate Distance: 4.5 miles visitisleofman.com

Railway Ramble: Port Erin, Bradda Glen, Bradda Head, The Sloc Providing spectacular scenery this challenging coastal walk is well worth the effort. Following the Raad ny Follian from Port Erin Bay you’ll be rewarded with views as the footpath climbs up to Bradda Head and Milner’s Tower.

This section of the Raad ny Foillan is particularly spectacular in the mid to late summer when the surrounding heather and gorse are in full bloom. Finish the walk at one of the Island’s most stunning beaches, Niarbyl. Start: Port Erin Bay Finish: Niarbyl Bay Café Grading: Strenuous Distance: 9.5 miles visitisleofman.com

With cinematic views, pass sheer cliffs, historic villages and wonderful wildlife. This hike around the Island’s southern coast is a favourite amongst walkers and possibly one of the best coastal walks in the British Isles, which can also be enjoyed at a comfortable pace.

THE SOUTH Railway Ramble: Ballasalla, Castletown, Derbyhaven, Port Grenaugh

Start & Finish: Port Erin Station Grading: Strenuous Distance: 8.5 miles visitisleofman.com

Port Erin to Niarbyl

Port St Mary to Port Erin

Start: Alfred Pier Finish: Port Erin Bay Grading: Moderate Distance: 7 miles visitisleofman.com

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Railway Ramble: Castletown, Derbyhaven, Langness, St. Michael’s Isle

Start: Scarlett Visitor Centre, IM9 1TB

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A spectacular walk through towns, along rivers, coastline and beaches, with castles and museums on the way. Make a day of it, take a picnic and just enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Start: Ballasalla Station Finish: Castletown Harbour Grading: Moderate Distance: 10 miles visitisleofman.com

Railway Ramble: Ballasalla, Rushen Abbey, Silverdale Glen, Grenaby Ramble through Silverdale Glen beside the river, through quiet lanes whilst taking in the history of Rushen Abbey and the beauty of the open farmland.

Start & Finish: Ballasalla Station Grading: Leisurely Distance: 7 miles visitisleofman.com

Railway Ramble: Colby Station, Colby Glen, Cronk-e-Dhooney, Colby Halt Colby Glen offers the perfect opportunity to discover and explore the wild beauty of the Island. The walk leads you onto one of the many footpaths present within the glen, offering pleasant stream side walks, as well as footpaths through the countryside. Start: Colby Station Finish: Colby Halt Grading: Leisurely Distance: 3.5 miles visitisleofman.com

Silverdale Glen & Castletown Stroll A short and leisurely riverside walk for all ages, ideal for children to discover the joys of walking with play stops and family friendly attractions along the way. Sample the delights of Silverdale Glen with its water-powered Victorian Carousel, playground and boating lake and continue along to Castletown. Start & Finish: Silverdale Glen Car Park Grading: Leisurely Distance: 2.6 miles visitisleofman.com

The Original Manx Fudge Factory

All year round, Mon - Fri, contact prior to visit Free Ballasalla, IM9 2AU +44 (0) 1624 825858 manxfudgefactory.com

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This low-lying stretch of the coastal path follows the sea’s edge from the airport passing areas of historic battles, sandy bays and Fort Island. Travel through the heart of the Island’s ancient capital and continue along the exposed coast to Port St Mary. Start: Ronaldsway Flying Club Finish: Alfred Pier Grading: Moderate Distance: 12 miles visitisleofman.com

PEEL Moore’s Kipper Yard Tours As the last of these traditional curing yards, it is now a living museum and visitors are invited to experience a working display of this almost lost culinary art. The tours take visitors through the entire kipper making process. May - Sep, Mon 3:30pm £2 Mill Road, Peel, IM5 1TA +44 (0) 1624 843622 manxkippers.com

This family-run Fudge Factory creates mouth-watering fudge, toffee, chocolate and more. On a factory visit you can learn all about how the confectionery is made and taste a few samples of the 21 fudge flavours.

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Raad ny Foillan trail

Start: Baldrine Halt Finish: Laxey Station Grading: Leisurely Distance: 7 miles visitisleofman.com

Set off on your adventure and become a real explorer, discovering the eruptive past of Scarlett Point and the intriguing Viking Burial at Balladoole. Follow the child-friendly trail map to discover fascinating facts and enjoy a handful of interactive activities which will ensure that your family walk is one that won’t be forgotten!

Railway Ramble: Port Erin, Bradda Glen, Bradda Head, Fleshwick Bay Raad ny Foillan trail

A varied walk incorporating quiet lane walking through the serene Manx countryside ending in the village of Laxey, home of the Great Laxey Wheel.

Railway Ramble: Castletown, Scarlett, Pooil Vaaish

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Isle of Man Ghost Tours

July - Nov, Tue - Thu, 8pm £5 Meet outside House of Manannan, Mill Road, Peel, IM5 1TA +44 (0) 7624 41682 iomghosttours.com

Raad ny Foillan trail

Kirk Michael to Jurby

Peel to Kirk Michael

Start your journey at Glen Wyllin Campsite before heading north along the old railway line to Glen Trunk and the sea. From here, follow the blue signs along the coastline, while taking care of your footing and watching out for any coastal erosion.

This fascinating section will take you past chapels, churches and even past a fine collection of Norse crosses, a perfect stop for a bite to eat and some time to explore. Start: Fenella Beach Finish: Glen Wyllin Campsite Grading: Moderate Distance: 7 miles visitisleofman.com

Start: Glen Wyllin Campsite Finish: Jurby Grading: Moderate Distance: 7 miles visitisleofman.com

TAILORED TOURS 7 Raad ny Foillan trail

Walk the streets and lanes of this truly Manx town and hear stories of ghostly carriages, icy hands that grip you as you lie in bed and an old school with its ghostly pupil that still remains. Tours are available in Douglas, Peel, Castletown and Ramsey.

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Albany Isle of Man Tea & Tours This specialist guided tour caters to travellers who want an original, authentic and unforgettable experience. +44 (0) 1624 845623 albanytours.co.uk

Whether it’s coastal beauty spots or a lap of the world famous TT course, you’ll get to see all the Island’s highlights in a luxurious minibus. +44 (0) 7624 231223 powerwheels.im

Guided Tours of Mann Go-Mann Adventures Choose from a range of guided walks along the Manx coast or through the hills, or design your own adventure. +44 (0) 7624 480129 go-mannadventures.com

THE WEST

Powerwheels - Isle of Man Tours & Excursions

Registered Blue Badge Guide Jane Hodson offers and organises bespoke guided tours to tailor clients’ wishes. +44 (0) 7624 433957 guidedtoursofmann.com

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POINT OF AYRE

Visit locations covering a wide range of interests, from Viking and Neolithic sites, wildlife hotspots to local curiosities. +44 (0) 1624 678788 iomtours.co.uk

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Registered Blue Badge Guide Chris Callow offers tours specialising in the Island’s rich industrial archaeology. +44 (0) 7624 435528 facebook.com/heritageIOM

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Susan Skillen offers tours led in English or German and will show you the Island’s hidden gems and ‘must see’ sites. +44 (0) 7624 357680 tourguideisleofman.com

+44 (0) 7624 481814 visitmanntours.com

Wild Mann Tours Registered Blue Badge Guide Rory McCann will show you the Island’s hidden treasures, including geology, history, wildlife and folklore. +44 (0) 1624 623980 wildmanntours.co.uk

Registered Blue Badge Guide Fiona McArdle helps visitors see, learn and enjoy our beautiful Island with its diverse landscapes.

Providing professional and personalised private tours in a Range Rover Vogue SE, showcasing the Island’s history, environment and culture.

+44 (0) 7624 471543 manxtourguide.org

+44 (0) 7624 203046 bespoketours.im

Isle of Man Tour Guides

Open Top Car Tours

To make the most of your visit, hire a Blue Badge Guide. They are passionate, knowledgeable and can provide the perfect tour.

Enjoy an unforgettable experience of an open top car, taking in the Island’s scenic locations, towns, villages and significant attractions.

+44 (0) 7624 342951 isleofmantourguides.org

Pedal to Progression Isle of Man Guided Tours in English & German

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Isle of Man Guided Tours

An enthusiastic and engaging driving tour guide, offering themed itineraries or completely bespoke tours.

Bespoke Tours Isle of Man Tourist Guide

Niarbyl to Peel

Visit Mann Tours

Offering guided mountain bike rides for all, including fun-filled family tours to all day epics through the most natural scenery in the British Isles. +44 (0) 7624 434195 pedaltoprogression.com

+44 (0) 7624 497708 opentopcartours.com

Tours Isle of Man Offering a fully commentated guided coach tour for all group sizes. 13 and 16 seat minibuses and 31 and 49 seat coaches available. +44 (0) 1624 822611 tours.co.im

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LAXEY Laxey Woollen Mills

SHOPPING

Laxey Woollen Mills weave Manx Tartan and Manx Hunting Tartan travel rugs, which are unique to us, as are the Manx Loaghtan plaids. They ship all over the world, so if you can’t fit it in your suitcase, they can post it to you.

Whether its unique Manx souvenirs or high street brands, you’re sure to find it here on our Island. If it’s an extensive shopping experience you’re after visit our capital, Douglas, you’ll find all the favourites and plenty of independent boutiques to browse.

markets and mills selling the best luxury brands, quality garments and Manx inspired gifts to take home and treasure forever.

Head further afield to the various towns and villages with a mix of charming shops,

RAMSEY Ramsey Farmers’ Market The markets are organised by Isle of Farmers’ Markets who wish to promote the growing, making and selling of Manx food and products. These markets are not only an essential source of food for the local community, they’re also a vital focal point for meeting and socialising. All year round, every Sat, 10am - 3pm Bowring Road, Ramsey visitisleofman.com

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known for its small independent boutiques and novelty gift shops. You’ll find many independent shops here including clothing stores, a book shop, charity shops and antiques and hardware stores. Shopping hours: Mon - Sat, 9am - 5:30pm, closing early on Sundays Parliament Street, Ramsey visitisleofman.com

D OUGLAS Douglas High Street The main shopping area in Douglas which runs parallel to the Promenade, you’ll find many high street retailers alongside lots of smaller, independent shops. With plenty of excellent coffee shops, you’ll find plenty of places to relax after a few hours shopping.

Shopping hours: Mon - Sat, 9am - 5:30pm, closing early on Sundays Strand Street, Douglas, IM1 2EN visitisleofman.com

Douglas Farmers’ Market The markets are organised by Isle of Farmers’ Markets who wish to promote the growing, making and selling of Manx food and products. These markets are not only an essential source of food for the local community, they’re also a vital focal point for meeting and socialising. Apr - Oct, second Sat of each month, 10am - 4pm Regent Street, Douglas, IM1 2EA visitisleofman.com

Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm Glen Road, Laxey, IM4 7AR +44 (0) 1624 861395 laxeywoollenmills.com

THE EAST Onchan Farmers’ Market The markets are organised by Isle of Farmers’ Markets who wish to promote the growing, making and selling of Manx food and products. These markets are not only an essential source of food for the local community, they’re also a vital focal point for meeting and socialising. All year round, first & third Fridays of the month, 11am - 4pm Village Walk Shopping Precinct, Onchan +44 (0) 1624 861395 visitisleofman.com

CASTLETOWN Grenaby Studios The studios offer lots of beautiful and unique gifts, art, jewellery and wood turned bowls throughout the year as well as regular pop-up shops. There are also special markets and festivals available over the festive period, selling everything from candles

to festive accessories for a unique gift this Christmas. Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm Grenaby Road, Ballabeg, Castletown, IM9 4HD visitisleofman.com

Castletown Farmers’ Market The markets are organised by Isle of Farmers’ Markets who wish to promote the growing, making and selling of Manx food and products. These markets are not only an essential source of food for the local community, they’re also a vital focal point for meeting and socialising. All year round, every third Sun of the month, 1:303:30pm Southern 100 Clubhouse, Castletown visitisleofman.com

PORT ERIN Port Erin High Street The main shopping area in Port Erin begins opposite the Steam Railway Station and runs around the loop of Station Road and Church Road. The area contains mostly local shops, cafés and beauty outlets. Shopping hours: Mon - Sat, 9am - 5:30pm, closing early on Sundays Station Road, Port Erin visitisleofman.com

PEEL Peel Shops & Antiques Trail To find the best selection of antique stores on the Island, venture to the winding streets

of Peel, home to numerous shops. Each shop varies in style and collections, but you can be sure that they all contain many unique and interesting items that you won’t find anywhere else. Opening hours vary Check website for timings Crown Street, Peel, IM5 1AJ visitisleofman.com

THE WEST St John’s Farmers’ Market The markets are organised by Isle of Farmers’ Markets who wish to promote the growing, making and selling of Manx food and products. These markets are not only an essential source of food for the local community, they’re also a vital focal point for meeting and socialising. All year round, every Thu, 11am - 3pm Tynwald Mills, St John’s, IM4 3AD visitisleofman.com

Tynwald Mills Craft Centre Established over 30 years, Tynwald Mills is the only department store on the Isle of Man. Incorporating a historical mill, and bringing many brands together under one roof, they are renowned for their ability to evolve and provide a great shopping experience. All year round, every third Sun of the month 1:30-3:30pm Tynwald Mills, St John’s, IM4 3AD +44 (0) 1624 801213 tynwaldmills.com

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Little Fish Café North Quay, Douglas, IM1 4LB +44 (0) 1624 622518 littlefishcafe.com

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RAMSEY

14 North Quay, Douglas, IM1 4LE +44 (0) 1624 664414 14north.im

Jean-Pierre’s Bistro

HQ Bar & Restaurant

New Manila

Our diverse range of the best, locally sourced cuisine is a true taste of Manx goodness.

Ground Floor, Court Row Chambers, Ramsey, IM8 1JS +44 (0) 1624 819839 jeanpierresbistro.com

1 Empire Terrace, Douglas, IM2 4LE +44 (0) 1624 676355 hqbar.im

Marathon Terrace, Queens Promenade, Douglas, IM2 4NH +44 (0) 1624 660600 newmanila.co.uk

Lake View Restaurant

Imperial Dragon

Ocean

Ramsey Park Hotel, Park Road, Ramsey, IM8 3AR +44 (0) 1624 818123 ramseyparkhotel.com

17 Palace Terrace, Queens Promenade, Douglas, IM2 4NE +44 (0) 1624 619518 caledonia.im

North Quay, Douglas, IM1 4LB +44 (0) 1624 622000 oceanrestaurant.im

With more than 70 award winning products, our champion local produce is a treat for the taste buds. Be sure to add our food experiences and tours to your itinerary list to sample melt

in the mouth delights crafted from island artisans, washed down with one of our Manx crafted ales on a brewery tour.

THE NORTH Café Rosa Lezayre Road, Glen Duff, Lezayre, IM7 2AT +44 (0) 1624 816609 caferosa.org

D OUGLAS Alessandro’s 13 - 15 Castle Street, Douglas, IM1 2EX +44 (0) 1624 626003 alessandrosiom.co.uk

Barbary Coast Grill & Bar 50 Douglas Chambers, North Quay, Douglas, IM1 4LA +44 (0) 1624 679297 barbarycoast.im

Coast Bar & Brasserie 18 - 22 Loch Promenade, Douglas, IM1 2LX +44 (0) 1624 698900 coast.im

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Isola John Street, Douglas, IM1 2AD +44 (0) 1624 623764 isola-restaurant-iom.uk

Jak’s Bar & Steakhouse 43 Loch Promenade, Douglas, IM1 2LZ +44 (0) 1624 663786 jakspub.com

On The Rocks Steakhouse 18 Broadway, Douglas, IM2 4EL +44 (0) 1624 628353 ontherocks.im

Paragon Restaurant Palace Hotel & Casino, Central Promenade, Douglas, IM2 4NA +44 (0) 1624 682755 palacehotel.co.im

Just Pizza & Pasta

Tanroagan Seafood Restaurant

7 - 17 Wellington Street, Douglas, IM1 2AS +44 (0) 1624 653955 justpizzaandpasta.com

9 Ridgeway Street, Douglas, IM1 1EW +44 (0) 1624 612355 tanroagan.co.uk

Kurries & Steaks

The Courthouse Restaurant

South View, Queens Promenade, Douglas, IM2 4NP +44 (0) 1624 613811 kurriesandsteaks.com

Athol Street, Douglas, IM1 1LD +44 (0) 1624 672555 the-courthouse.com

Liberties Restaurant Mannin Hotel, 8 - 16 Broadway, Douglas, IM2 4EL +44 (0) 1624 602555 manninhotel.im

LAXEY La Mona Lisa Glen Road, Laxey, IM4 7ED +44 (0) 1624 862488 lamonalisa.im

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THE NORTH

Mustang Sally’s American Diner

The Raven

10 - 12 Arbory Street, Castletown, IM9 1DQ +44 (0) 1624 82359 facebook.com/ MustangSallysIOM

Ballaugh Bridge, Ballaugh, IM7 5EG +44 (0) 1624 896128 pubsandbars.im

D OUGLA S

The Secret Pizza Company

Artisan

Barracks Square, Farrants Way, Castletown, IM9 3AT +44 (0) 1624 822833 facebook.com/secretpizzaco

Victoria Street, Douglas, IM1 2LE +44 (0) 1624 667917 pubsandbars.im

THE SOUTH Café Bar Two-Six The Clubhouse, Airport Road, Derbyhaven, IM9 1TH +44 (0) 1624 823605 facebook.com/cafebartwosix

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The Terminus Tavern

The Whitestone

The Alpine

Strathallan Crescent, Douglas, IM2 4NR +44 (0) 1624 624312 pubsandbars.im

Station Road, Ballasalla, IM9 2DD +44 (0) 1624 822334 pubsandbars.im

5 Regent Street, Douglas, IM1 2EB +44 (0) 1624 619249 thealpinecafe.com

The Eatery

LAXEY

PEEL

The Mines

The Highwayman

Captains Hill, Laxey, IM5 7AY +44 (0) 1624 8614849 pubsandbars.im

Poortown Road, Peel, IM5 1XF +44 (0) 1624 842386 pubsandbars.im

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The Bridge

The Archibald Knox

8 - 9 North Quay, Douglas, IM1 4LQ +44 (0) 1624 675268 pubsandbars.im

Avondale Road, Onchan, IM3 4EZ +44 (0) 1624 613203 pubsandbars.im

The British

THE WEST The Mitre Main Road, Kirk Michael, IM6 1AJ +44 (0) 1624 878244 pubsandbars.im

The Crosby Main Road, Crosby, IM4 2DQ +44 (0) 1624 851293 pubsandbars.im

20A Dukes Street, Douglas, IM1 2AY +44 (0) 7624 336445 theeateryiom.co.uk

The Tea Junction 14 Castle Street, Douglas, IM1 2EU +44 (0) 1624 616578 theteajunction.im

CASTLETOWN The Vintage Tea Rooms

CAFÉS & TEAROOMS

9 - 11 Malew Street, Castletown, IM9 1DQ +44 (0) 7624 392582 facebook.com/ vintagetearoomsiom

PEEL

North Quay, Douglas, IM1 4LB +44 (0) 1624 616663 pubsandbars.im

The Boatyard

The Cat With No Tail

CASTLETOWN

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PORT ERIN

Mariners Wharf, East Quay, Peel, IM5 1AR +44 (0) 1624 845470 theboatyardpeel.com

Hailwood Court, Hailwood Avenue, Douglas, IM2 7EA +44 (0) 1624 616364 pubsandbars.im

The George

PUBS & WINE BARS

The Horse & Plough Isle of Man Business Park, Douglas, IM2 2QZ +44 (0) 1624 626060 pubsandbars.im

RAMSEY The Royal George Market Place, Ramsey, IM8 1JY +44 (0) 1624 812146 pubsandbars.im

The Swan Parliament Square, Ramsey, IM8 1AH +44 (0) 1624 814236 pubsandbars.im

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The Prospect Prospect Hill, Douglas, IM1 1ET +44 (0) 1624 616773 pubsandbars.im

Milntown Café

The Parade, Castletown, IM9 1LG +44 (0) 1624 822533 pubsandbars.im

Café Red

Milntown, Lezayre, IM7 2AB +44 (0) 1624 818091 milntown.org

37 Station Road, Port Erin, IM9 6AW +44 (0) 7624 262521 cafered.im

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DOUGLAS

The Station

Noa Bakehouse

Station Road, Port Erin, IM9 6AE +44 (0) 1624 838991 pubsandbars.im

Fort Street, Douglas, IM1 3LJ +44 (0) 7624 210323 facebook.com/NoaBakehouse

THE SOUTH

The Queens

The Colby Glen

Queens Promenade, Douglas, IM2 4NL +44 (0) 1624 674438 pubsandbars.im

Main Road, Colby, IM9 4LR +44 (0) 1624 834853 pubsandbars.im

Shake Lounge Unit 1, Falcon Arcade, Marina Road, Douglas, IM1 2HE +44 (0) 7624 240162 shakelounge.co.uk

THE WEST MANXSPCA Tearooms Ard Jekyll, East Foxdale, IM4 3HL +44 (0) 1624 853409 manxspca.com

Tynwald Mills Mill Road, St John’s, IM4 3AD +44 (0) 1624 801213 tynwaldmills.com

TAKE-A-WAYS THE EAST Fryers Fish & Chips 25B Village Walk, Onchan, IM3 4EA +44 (0) 1624 610395 fryersfishandchips.co.uk

PORT ST MARY Aaron House Vintage Tearoom Aaron House, The Promenade, Port St Mary, IM9 5DE +44 (0) 1624 835702 aaronhouse.co.uk

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Longest Day Longest Ride Mountain biking

VISITOR EVENTS

A 24 hour endurance mountain bike event. ldlr.im

The Parish Walk

This is just a selection of great events taking place on the Isle of Man each year. Here’s just a selection of great events happening on the Isle of Man each year. There is a packed programme to suit everyone including sport, heritage, culture, transport, motorsport, food & drink and children’s events.

JANUARY Peel New Year’s Dip An Irish Sea plunge at Peel Bay. peeldip.com

MARCH

Special events support many of the Island’s attributes which led to its prestigious UNESCO Biosphere accreditation. Please check directly with the organiser before booking. To see a full calendar of events and more information visit our whats on section at visitisleofman.com

Easter Egg Rolling at Cregneash Family fun at the Island’s open air folk museum. manxnationalheritage.im

Easter Festival of Plays

The longest running and biggest festival in the BDO diary. isleofmandartsfestival.com

A unique opportunity to watch seven plays over seven nights as part of the annual Easter Festival of Full Length Plays. madf.im

Mother’s Day Lunch on the Steam Train

CAMRA Isle of Man Beer & Cider Festival

A Mother’s Day treat. rail.im

A three day festival serving over 150 beers and 30 ciders. iombeerfestival.com

Isle of Man Darts Festival

APRIL

MAY Wildlife Week Fantastic events to encourage you to get out and about. manxnationalheritage.im

Manx National Rally The Manx National Rally is a high speed closed road asphalt rally. manxautosport.org

TT Races & Qualifying See the best riders on the planet do battle on the TT mountain circuit. May-June – iomttraces.com

JULY Tynwald Day & National Week

Rush Hour on the Railways

Manx Classic Car Sprint & Hillclimb

A four day celebration of the Isle of Man Railways. rail.im

Classic sports cars competing on closed roads at three venues. manxmotorracing.com

Recognised as one of Britain’s best crown green bowls festivals with a prize pot of over £16,000. visitisleofman.com

SEPTEMBER

Exhibiting the best of the Island’s livestock, equine, canine, poultry and small animals. southernshow.org

September Crown Green Bowls Festival

Manx Heritage Transport Festival Featuring steam, electric and mountain railways as well as vintage cars, motorbikes and buses. rail.im

Manx 100 Mountain Bike Race

The Manx National Day celebrates the world’s oldest continuous parliament on Tynwald Hill. tynwald.org

Riders will experience challenging mountains, hills, moors and valleys all with stunning views out to sea. manxmtb.com

Southern 100 Motorcycle Races

AUGUST

The stars of the world famous TT Races return to the Island for this spectacular meeting held on the 4.25 Billown Course. southern100.com

World Tin Bath Championships A fun family event with thousands of spectators at Castletown Harbour. castletown.org.im

Yn Chruinnaght - Celtic Gathering A lively festival of traditional Celtic music and dance. ynchruinnaght.com

Viking Boat Race

JUNE June Crown Green Bowls Festival

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A mass participation endurance walking event over 85 miles through 17 parishes. parishwalk.com

Southern Agricultural Show

Rowing contest around Peel Harbour in traditional Viking Longboats. peelonline.net

Royal Manx Agricultural Show With a full two days of entertainment, a wide selection of food and drink providers, and a huge range of craft and trade exhibitors, it’s a celebration of Manx life and tradition that will keep you occupied for hours, no matter what the weather. royalmanx.com

Island at War on the Steam Railway The Isle of Man will be plunged into the 1940s with the popular Island At War event on the Steam Railway. rail.im

Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling The Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling brings together five of the biggest and best events in the motorcycle calendar. visitisleofman.com

Recognised as one of Britain’s best crown green bowls festivals with a prize pot of over £16,000. visitisleofman.com

End to End Mountain Bike Challenge One of Europe’s largest mountain bike event covering 75km and 1500m of climbing. manxe2e.org

Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival Try everything from creamy Manx cheeses, fresh seafood, Manx meat and even locally brewed Manx ales. visitisleofman.com

OCTOBER Isle of Man Heritage Open Days Feed your curiosity by exploring some of the unusual and less publicly accessible historic properties, land and buildings. manxnationalheritage.im

Hop tu Naa at Cregneash Join in at the unique Manx Halloween Festival of Hop tu Naa with a mix of family activities. manxnationalheritage.im

D ECEMBER Santa on The Steam Train For the perfect Christmas treat, ride the Santa Trains and visit Santa’s Grotto. rail.im

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USEFUL TIPS & INFORMATION MONEY MATTERS Banks and Bank Holidays Most high street banks have premises on the Isle of Man. The opening hours are generally 9.30am to 4.30pm. Bank Holidays are the same as those in the UK with two additional holidays - Senior Race Day (TT Races) on the 9th June and Tynwald Day (the Manx National Day) on the 5th July.

Currency Information The Isle of Man has its own currency with the same denominations as the UK. UK currency is legal tender in the Isle of Man but Manx currency is not accepted in the UK, although notes can be exchanged at UK banks.

Cash Machines Automated cash machines are available in all the major towns around the Isle of Man. Manx bank notes are dispensed from all cash machines apart from those situated at the Sea Terminal and the Airport, where English notes are issued.

HEALTH Chemists Dispensing chemists are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Mondays to Saturdays. Outside of these times there are limited opening hours and a duty chemist rota is in operation. This list can be obtained from the Department of Health and Social Care prior to travel. It is also available online and your accommodation provider should be able to provide you with details.

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Duty Rota hours are from 5.30pm to 6.30pm Monday–Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) and Sundays and Bank Holidays from 12 noon to 1.00pm.

Doctors and Hospitals The Manx Emergency Doctor Service (MEDS) operate an ‘Out of Hours’ emergency service when doctors’ surgeries are closed. The service is contactable on and is ONLY available out of hours - 6.00pm to 8.00am Monday to Friday or 24-hours over weekends and Bank Holidays. In the case of an emergency please attend Accident and Emergency (telephone +44(0) 1624 650040 for A&E enquiries), or for life threatening emergencies please call emergency services on 999. Noble’s Hospital is situated outside of Douglas at The Strang, Braddan. Should you need to contact the hospital the telephone number is +44 (0) 1624 650000. Ramsey Cottage Hospital in the North of the Island can be contacted on +44 (0) 1624 811811.

Reciprocal Health Agreement UK residents visiting the Isle of Man will receive free NHS treatment if they become ill whilst here. Statutory charges are applicable for both residents and visitors e.g. prescription charges. Anyone visiting the Island should ensure they have adequate insurance in place in the event of repatriation (return travel to someone’s home country) being required. The information regarding the Agreement is correct at the time of publication but visitors are recommended to check the position prior to their visit.

WHILE YOU' RE HERE Mobile Phones There are two mobile phone networks operating on the Isle of Man - Manx Telecom and Sure. Each mobile network has commercial agreements with mobile phone networks in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. It is advisable to check with your own mobile network to determine the level and charges of the roaming services with the Isle of Man providers. Please note the Isle of Man is outside the EU jurisdiction and as such does not benefit from the tariff caps operating within the European Union.

form of photographic identification. European and global travellers generally have to clear customs and passport control on arrival in the UK or Ireland before travelling on to the Isle of Man. If you are planning a night at the Casino you will require some form of photographic identification and if you are hiring a car your full driving licence will be required.

WEATHER AND SHIPPING FORECASTS Accurate and up-to-date forecasts are provided by the Ronaldsway Met Office:

Online Information gov.im/weather

Postal Services

Recorded weather forecast

The Isle of Man Post Office has, since its formation in 1973, issued distinctive Manx stamps by the Philatelic Bureau. You will need to purchase Manx stamps, from any of the 26 branches

Weatherman - 24 hours:

Island wide, to post any mail from the Isle of Man.

Police The Isle of Man Police are easily recognisable by their white helmets, and are very approachable should you need any assistance. The Police Headquarters is at Glencrutchery Road, Douglas and the telephone number is +44 (0) 1624 631212. In an emergency please dial 999.

TRAVEL Group Travel The Isle of Man remains a popular destination for group travel. For more information about group travel to the Isle of Man and to request a group travel guide please visit visitisleofman.com/groups.

0900 624 3300 (Premium rate)

0900 624 3200 (Premium rate)

Recorded shipping forecast: 0900 624 3322 (Premium rate)

TRACING YOUR FAMILY ROOTS Many sources for the study of Manx genealogy can be found at the Manx National Library and Archives located at the Manx Museum. An informative guide of ‘Family History sources’ and a link to the online research portal ‘iMuseum’ can also be found at: www.manxnationalheritage.im

Identification and passports Passports are not required to enter the Isle of Man if you are travelling from the UK or Ireland, although airlines will require customers to provide some

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