Isle of Man Travel Guide

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    Fairy Bridge, Santon
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Port Erin

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Douglas

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Isle of Man

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Peel

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Castletown

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Port Saint Mary

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Laxey

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Sulby

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Ramsey

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Onchan

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Calf of Man

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Ballasalla

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Santon

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Saint Johns

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Port Erin

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  • Bradda Glen

    Port Erin Things to Do

    Bradda glen is great for walkers, since it has many vantage points and has benches to take a rest or stop for a picnic. There is also a cafe & restaurant where you can watch the bay below while enjoying homecooked food.

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  • Anchorage Guest House

    Port Erin Hotels

    Athol Park, Port Erin, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Railway Musuem

    Port Erin Things to Do

    The railway museum is at the Railway station in Port Erin which is the last stop on the line.The museum tells the history of the steam railway from its beginnings in the 1870s to the present day, including the old lines which used to serve Peel and Ramsey. They have steam engines and carriages and a large display of photographs, posters and...

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Douglas

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  • Summerhill Glen

    Douglas Things to Do

    Set at the northern end of Douglas promenade (the electric railway end) the glen has many paths leading through the trees, past slow moving streams and large pools of water. Inside the glen there are carved wooden seats and other decorations for children. Also, during the summer season there is illuminations in the evenings from 7 to 11pm.

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  • Regency Hotel

    Douglas Hotels

    Queens Promenade, Douglas, IM2 4NN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Visiting Tower of Refuge

    Douglas Warnings and Dangers

    Even though it is sometimes possible at certain times of the year to walk to the tower during low tide, visiting is highly discouraged as it can be extremely dangerous since the tide comes in very fast and you can be stuck and stranded very quickly. The best way to see the tower is from the promenade!

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Isle of Man

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  • Manx National Heritage

    Isle of Man Favorites

    There are several ways to get discounts on admission to Manx National Heritage sites and properties.1. If you are a National Trust Member then your membership card is also valid for Manx National Trust as they have an agreement.2. You can join the Friends of Manx National Heritage (their version of the National Trust) and you can visit museums and...

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  • Posts on the railways

    Isle of Man Warnings and Dangers

    It may seem obvious and go without saying but don't put your head or arms out the window on the Steam Railway and particularly not on the Electric Railway. The steam railway does have some posts though the electric railway has much more frequent posts. I did think on my first trip on the Electric Railway that I would just put my head out the window...

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  • Level Crossings

    Isle of Man Warnings and Dangers

    Having both a steam railway and an electric railway there are a fair few level crossings on the island.The steam railway from Douglas to Port Erin has level crossings with gates and lights.However, the Electric train from Douglas to Laxey and then to Snaefell or Ramsey has unmanned level crossings which are not gated. Some have lights, but at the...

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Peel

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  • Watch out for Moddey Dhoo

    Peel Local Customs

    When visiting Peel castle look out for the Moddey Dhoo, a ghostly black dog who is said to have once wandered the castle and frightened the guards who were on duty. You will hear more of the legend of Moddey Dhoo during your visit to Peel castle.

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  • Corrin's Tower

    Peel Off The Beaten Path

    Corrins Tower is on the hill overlooking Peel. It is 4 stories high and was built in the early 19th century for Thomas Corrin, who owned the hill and lots of nearby land. The hill was one of his favourite places and next to the tower in a small graveyard where he laid his wife and two of his children to rest. There are also inscriptions and...

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  • See the seals

    Peel Things to Do

    You can often see seals in and around Peel harbour. One of the best places to see them is at the edge of the harbour, walk down past the castle and keep going past the lifeboat station. There is a snack bar here that has some tables and chairs set up, so you can have a rest, enjoy a coffee and watch the harbour goings on. There are also steps here...

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Castletown

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  • Castletown by Steam Train

    Castletown Transportation

    The Manx Steam Railway goes from Douglas to Port Erin and operates between March and November. Castletown is one of the larger towns and has a proper railway station. It is then only a short walk to the town square.The stops are as follows: Douglas (start/end), Port Soderick (stop), Santon (request), Ballasalla (stop), Ronaldsway (request),...

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  • St Michael's Isle (Chapel & Fort)

    Castletown Off The Beaten Path

    St Michael's Isle is the northern most point of the Langness Peninsula (to the east of Castletown). Previously separated at high tide it is now connected to Langness by a causeway built in 18th Century. The isle was designated as a bird sanctuary in the 1930’s and the wild vegetation and rocky coast are a great nesting ground for birds.The chapel...

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  • Hango Hill

    Castletown Off The Beaten Path

    Located along the bay between Derbyhaven and Castletown, the hill is an ancient place of execution, . William Christian of Ronaldsway was shot here for his part in the Manx uprising of 1651 against the Derby family, who held the Island. The ruins are of a late 17th century summerhouse known as Mount Strange, which is a possible prehistoric burial...

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Port Saint Mary

  • The South by Steam Train

    Port Saint Mary Transportation

    The Manx Steam Railway goes from Douglas to Port Erin and operates between March and November. Port St Mary is the second to last stop, Cregneash has no railway stop, you will need to go to Port St Mary and travel from there.The stops are as follows: Douglas (start/end), Port Soderick (stop), Santon (request), Ballasalla (stop), Ronaldsway...

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  • Port Soderick

    Port Saint Mary Things to Do

    Port Soderick glen is lovely with large green areas for picnics, beautiful flowers woodland walkways. It then leads down to the coast and small bay, with a promenade that has refreshments, a children's play area and picnic tables. There are also coastal walks around the headland rocks, where pools of water, caves, and thriving vegetation can be...

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  • Colby Glen

    Port Saint Mary Off The Beaten Path

    Colby glen is 5 acres and though narrow and rather overgrown, it is still beautiful. This is one of the few glens left to develop without human intervention. While the paths and bridges are cleared and maintained, the rest is left to nature. There is plenty of wild beauty to enjoy and also a grassy area at one end of the glen for picnics or games,...

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Laxey

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  • Laxel Mine Trail

    Laxey Things to Do

    The mine trail is also on the Laxey Wheel site. You can walk through the valley (3 different length walks), learning about the lives of the miners, go in to the mine audit, see a restored mine shaft and take a trip on the Laxey Mines Railway. The Laxey mines were the deepest in the world in the 19th century and the mine trail really provides an...

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  • Laxey Wheel (Lady Isabella)

    Laxey Things to Do

    Laxey wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from the mines of Laxey. The wheel also known as Lady Isabella, is 72 foot and is still the largest working water wheel in the world. You can see the wheel turning and how the mechanism works, before climbing to the top where you will have a panoramic view across the beautiful Glen Mooar Valley.

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  • Laxey by Electric Railway

    Laxey Transportation

    Laxey is the half way point of the Manx Electric Railway (M.E.R) which goes between Douglas and Ramsey, stopping at other towns on the East coast. It is about a 45 minute ride from Douglas to Laxey and then another 45 minutes from Laxey to Ramsey. The stops are: Douglas (start/end), Onchan (request), Groudle (stop), Baldrine (request), Ballabeg...

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Sulby

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  • Snaefell by Electric Railway

    Sulby Transportation

    The Snaefell Mountain Railway is a seasonal electric tram that goes form Laxey to the base of Snaefell and then up to the summit (about 4 miles). It usually runs from April to October. It stops at the bottom of the mountain (the bungalow), and then continues up to the summit.N.B during race and practice weeks the tram will stop before the Bungalow...

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  • Climb Snaefell Mountain

    Sulby Things to Do

    To get to the bottom of the mountain use the snaefell mountain railway or the A18. (Park in the car park near the Bungalow railway station, which is the last railway stop before the summit). There is a rough path to the summit that leads from this car park, you will see the signed gate. The trail has sections of gravel, slate stones, grass, and...

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  • Sulby Claddagh

    Sulby Off The Beaten Path

    The land here was once used to pasture animals, but is now used as a camping and recreational ground. There is a gorgeously clear river and the site gives you panoramic views of Cronk Sumark and Gob y Volley.N.B you can camp overnight during the summer (may to september) but only if you obtain a camping permit (free of charge). Note that: No...

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Ramsey

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  • The Grove Museum and Gardens

    Ramsey Things to Do

    Developed in the mid 1900s by a Liverpudlian shipping merchant, Duncan Gibb, as a summer retreat for his family and it later became the family's permanent home (it is still with the Gibb family). A visit here is like stepping back in time, there are; period rooms, with many original furnishings and fittings, a costume room, and displays of the...

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  • Mooragh Park

    Ramsey Things to Do

    The park is set around a beautiful man made lake in green surroundings and gardens. There is playground equipment and a shallow splash pool for children. The are plenty of things to do on the lake including sailing boats, canoes and pedalos. There are also tennis courts, a bowling green, crazy golf, outside exercise equipment and a BMX track. The...

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  • Albert Tower

    Ramsey Off The Beaten Path

    The tower was built to commemorate the royal visit of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria in 1847. During the visit Prince Albert made his way to Lhergy Frissel and he climbed to the top of the hill. From there he viewed the surroundings and the hill was renamed Albert Mount because of this. The tower was then built a year later and stands at 45 feet...

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Onchan

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  • The Sprial Stone

    Onchan Off The Beaten Path

    The Spiral Stone is a boulder rock decorated with spiral patterns and is believed to be from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The site is by a house in Ballaragh, near to Laxey. The stone is located along the B11, past King Orry's Grave and on the way to Dhoon Glen, so if youre visiting either of these then you could have a quick visit....

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  • Take a glen walk

    Onchan Off The Beaten Path

    Molly Quirk's Glen, Bibaloe Glen and Groudle Glen are all joined together and make for a fantastic woodland walk.Molly Quirk's Glen is a narrow woodland glen following the Groudle River. It has a road bridge at each end, with the lower end marked by the Whitebridge under which a walkway continues in to Groudle Glen. At the other end of the glen is...

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  • King Orry's Grave

    Onchan Things to Do

    Just outside Laxey, in Minorca, is the largest known megalithic tomb on the island, which is over 4000 years old. While it is named in honour of King Orry (viking), there is no direct connection between him and the site. The cairn grave is made of sandstone and is 12 metres by 4 metres. It was built by farmers as a memorial to their ancestors and...

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Ballasalla

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Santon

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  • The Broogh Fort

    Santon Off The Beaten Path

    The central platform of the area is contained within different banks and ditches, which are now slightly eroded. These are most likely the site of Celtic round houses from 1800 years ago. The raised central mound is noted for resembling castle mounds from around the 11th or 12th centuries, around the Norse/Viking period of the Islands history.

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  • Cronk ny Merriu

    Santon Off The Beaten Path

    Cronk ny Merriu is a coastal headland fort with a defensive ditch. The high ground it is on gives good views of the surrounding coastline. This would have been ideal for spotting approaching enemies (or looking out over the coastline to take in the views), however the small size of the fort and the poor access to water, would have meant it would...

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  • Say Hello to the Fairies

    Santon Local Customs

    Strictly speaking we should really refer to the fairies or 'the little folk' in Manx as 'themselves'. But whatever you call them you can visit them at Fairy Bridge in Santon. It is considered bad luck to pass over the bridge without acknowledging the fairies that are said to live there.The site is located on a main road, and is a small stone bridge...

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Saint Johns

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  • Tynwald National Park and Arboretum

    Saint Johns Things to Do

    The Tynwald National Park is set in 25 acres of picturesque countryside. It was created to mark the millennium anniversary of The Manx parliament. Within the park there is a range of ornamental and native Manx trees as well as trees from the Island’s 17 Manx parishes (a little nod to Tynwald hill ). There is also a sheltered area, duck pond,...

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  • Tynwald Hill

    Saint Johns Things to Do

    Tynwald Hill is the site of the yearly open air meeting of the Island’s parliament for Tynwald day on July 5th. The hill itself is 72 foot high and is thought to be made from piles of stones bonded with soil from all of the Island’s 17 ancient parishes. It is believed that the Tynwald ceremony was established by the Vikings who built the hill in...

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