Coastal & Country Holidays
Whatever you're looking for – whether it's a journey back in time to discover the history of the island, a traditional bucket and spade beach or just somewhere to stop and sit for a while – you'll find it here on the Isle of Man.
Visit the ancient cobbled streets of Castletown to see impressive Castle Rushen, one of Europe's best preserved medieval castles. Around the picturesque harbour you'll also find the Old Grammar School, Nautical Museum and Old House of Keys, the previous home of Manx Parliament.
Port Erin sits within a beautiful secluded bay which offers a magnificent sweep of sheltered sandy beach and is popular with watersport enthusiasts and families alike. Boat trips to the Calf of Man's nature reserve and bird observatory also leave from here. Why not follow the walking trail around the coastline to The Sound in the busy harbour village of Port St Mary, home to Cregneash, a living museum which shows what life was like in the 19th century Manx crofting community.
The picturesque village of Laxey is set in a deep valley on the island's east coast. It's home to the world's largest working waterwheel, Lady Isabella, which used to pump water to the mines, as well as the Laxey Mines Railway, parts of which are still in operation. Whilst in Laxey hop aboard the Snaefell Mountain Railway and head to the summit of the Island's only mountain where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Seven Kingdoms.
Located on the west coast, Peel is a thriving Manx fishing port with a marine heritage that spans hundreds of years. Home to an extensive marina, the town is dominated by the magnificent ruins of Peel Castle, which can be toured as part of the Story of Mann trail. Peel is also home to the interactive House of Manannan museum and the unique Manx Transport Heritage Museum. Between May and August Peel is also one of the best places in the British Isles to see basking sharks from the shore. Near to Peel is the pretty village of St Johns where Tynwald Hill is situated. This important landmark in Manx history plays host to an open air meeting of the Island parliament, Tynwald, once a year.
Head north and you'll find Ramsey, the second largest town on the island, set against the splendid backdrop of the North Barrule hills. Ramsey boasts an impressive working harbour, masses of sand and shingle beach and one Mooragh Park, which has fantastic sporting facilities, a boating lake and children's play areas. In nearby Ballaugh is Curraghs Wildlife Park, where a range of wildlife from across the globe can be seen. If you're looking for something to make your pulse race then head to Maughold for a range of outdoor pursuits, such as kayaking, abseiling and coasteering.
One of the best ways to explore the island's continual coastline, valleys and uplands is on foot and whatever time of year you choose to visit, there are a range of walks to suit all ages and abilities.
- Captivating castles
- Rural villages and harbour towns
- Wonderful wildlife
- Playground for adventure
- Breathtaking scenery
- Sandy beaches
- Array of accommodation