12 Best Things To Do On The Isle Of Man
Steeped in history, the Isle of Man is an incredible island to visit whilst exploring the British Isles. Perched in between Great Britain and Ireland, this crown dependency is totally gorgeous to visit. Not only that, there’s a heap of the best things to do on the Isle of Man dotted all across the shoreline and hills.
This all makes it a totally epic place for a long-weekend break (or even more if you have time).
Taking the ferry from Liverpool, Heysham or flying in from bigger UK cities, you’ll likely start your journey in the capital, Douglas. Though, that won’t be your only spot to visit whilst on the Isle of Man.
For islands trips like this, we’d recommend hiring a car! This gives you the freedom to truly explore at your own pace and visit all the gorgeous spots that you might have normally missed without transportation.
So, to help you get the most outta your trip around the Isle of Man, I wanted to share some total gems you really shouldn’t miss. Hopefully, this way, you’ll be able to concentrate on all the sightseeing without getting too bogged down in the details.
Take a look, below, at the best things to do on the Isle of Man. Have an amazing island adventure!
As I mentioned, your first port-of-call will likely be Douglas. Take this as a sign and spend some time wandering the quaint little streets and shoreline.
Whilst here, stop off at the
Alternatively, stroll across Douglas Bay and spot the Tower of Refuge that was built as a safety point for potentially shipwrecked sailors!
Getting peckish? Hop into Jak’s Bar and Smokehouse for their delicious and juicy steaks. They’re so good.
Finally, just outside Douglas are the dramatic cliffs around Marine Drive. Stop off near Pigeon Stream (beyond the Camera Obscura) before carrying onto Port Soderick that’s also a stop on the Isle of Man Steam Railway.
Nestled 20-minutes away from Douglas, Castletown is another historic harbour town that’s just shy of the main airport.
Although relatively small, exploring this ancient capital is one of the best things to do on the Isle of Man if you love your history.
After arriving, head on over to Castle Rushen to explore the 13th-Century ruins that dominate the shoreline. The rooms are incredible to see, including some of the original prison that’s still present here.
Afterwards, head over
20-minutes, north-east, from Douglas, the Great Laxey Wheel is a unique spot you can’t miss on the Isle of Man.
Oh, and don’t forget, just down the road you can see King Orry’s Grave, the largest megalithic and ancient tomb on all of the Isle of Man.
Right up near the north-east point of the island, Ramsey is a gorgeous little place to explore some of the histories of the island.
You see, this is where the
Right on the west coast of the Isle of Man, Peel is a small town that’s got a heap going for it – in fact, I’d say it’s one of the biggest towns to visit after Douglas.
After arriving, head over to Peel Castle that stands proudly on St Patrick’s Ise and attached via a small spit of land. Here, you’ll be able to visit the castle ruins that are almost 1,000 years old! It’s totally stunning and reminds me of Whitby Abbey for some reason.
Fancy an indoor spot? Head across to the
Oh, and don’t forget to grab a bag of fish and chips from the Cod and Castle. Freshly fried, they’re great to gorge on the seafront.
Literally, your opportunity to walk across a whole island nation!
With almost 100-miles of footpaths to explore, the Way of the Gull (Raad ny Foillan) is one of the best things to do on the Isle of Man if you love to hike.
You can see the full route on the Ordnance Survey site that details the path pretty well.
Slightly inland from the town of Peel, Glen Helen is a must to explore if you want to get out into the countryside.
Not really a full-day experience, but still worth a gander whilst in the area.
Just south-west of Peel, visiting Niarbyl Bay is one of the best things to do on the Isle of Man if you love the unspoilt beauty of the island.
With gorgeous seafront cottages and historic walkways, this stunning area of the island is totally well worth a few hours of exploring. Afterwards, you can warm up with a piping hot cuppa or homemade soup from the Niarbyl Cafe.
Oh, and from the shore, you might even spot basking sharks on a serene and still summers day!
Just up the coast from Douglas, Groudle Glen is a quaint little stop to make on your trip around the Isle of Man.
Here, you’ll get to hop on the Groudle Glen Railway, take in the views of the Groudle Glen Waterwheel and stroll the coastline near the Sea Lion Rocks Tea Rooms.
The views are stunning on a gorgeous clear day.
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