Port Erin and the South
Offering a variety of heritage attractions, glorious beaches and excellent walking trails, no trip to the Isle of Man is complete without a visit to the Beautiful South!
Popular with visitors since the Victorian era, Port Erin sits within a beautiful secluded bay which offers a magnificent sweep of sheltered sandy beach – enjoyed by watersports enthusiasts and families. Boat trips to the Calf of Man’s nature reserve and bird observatory also leave from here.
The town is also home to the most southern point on the Steam Railway line and has retained its original station as well as a comprehensive railway museum which showcases vintage transport memorabilia.
You’ll find Port Erin a great place to start if you’re looking to explore the fantastic walking trails in the south of the Island – try weaving your way around the coastline to The Sound in Port St Mary. You’ll be greeted with stunning views out to sea as well as the opportunity to spot the seals which bask on the small rocky islet near to the Calf of Man.
The busy harbour village of Port St Mary is home to the Island’s only nine hole golf course as well as Cregneash – a living museum which shows what life was like in the 19th Century Manx crofting community.
No visit to the south is complete without a trip to the ancient capital of the Isle of Man –Castletown – which is dominated by the imposing Medieval fortress of Castle Rushen. The castle is one of the best preserved in Europe and was once dominated by the Kings and Lords of Mann.
Located around the picturesque harbour you’ll also find the Old Grammar School, Nautical Museum, where you can learn about the Island’s maritime history, and Old House of Keys – the previous home of Manx parliament.