Isle of Man Grade: Moderate
What comes to mind when you think of the Isle of Man? Manx cats? TT racing? The 3-legged emblem on the flag? A giant waterwheel? Steam trains and electric railways? Well, it is all of these and more! The Isle of Man is a wonderful destination for walkers with such a huge variety within a small area. There are some of the best coastal walks in the UK, plenty of history and legend, a mountain summit with views over England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland on a clear day, hidden coves, lush glens, dramatic moorland…the list goes on. If you have never thought of the Isle of Man as a walking destination then it’s time to think again. There are 2 long distance routes on the island, the coastal Raad Ny Foillan (Way of the Gull) and the Millennium Way which crosses the island. We will walk part of each during our stay. There is a beautiful coastal path linking Port St Mary and Port Erin and wonderful views from Snaefell which at 621m /2034ft is the highest point on the island. We will take in the famous Laxey Wheel and experience a journey by steam train and the electric railway. It should make for a few days of great walking on the many and varied trails.
Staying in Douglas, we will head out each day by public transport, covering a good part of the island as we go. A 3 course buffet dinner is included on 5 nights. On the other night we will go into Douglas to eat together.