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Glens

If you’re looking for peace and tranquillity visit one of the Island’s picturesque glens where you’ll find tumbling waterfalls, deep rock pools and in most cases a route to the coast.

Overview

There are 18 mountain and coastal National Glens spread across the Island which have been preserved and maintained in a semi-natural state by the Manx Government.

Try visiting Ballaglass Glen in Maughold - its 16 acres are incredibly popular with artists and photographers – or Glen Maye in Peel which has a magnificent waterfall and plant life that can’t be found anywhere else on the Island.

Bishopscourt Glen in Kirk Michael was once part of the private garden belonging to the Bishops of Sodor and Man who resided at Bishop’s Court. Look closely and you’ll find a small cave with a carved seat which is believed to have been used for rest and meditation purposes.

If you’re feeling energetic pay a visit to Dhoon Glen near Ramsey which is one of the steepest. It’s recognised for its rugged beauty, 190 steps, and the highest waterfall in the Island which falls over 40 metres.

And if you’re looking for spectacular scenery you’ll like Tholt y Will which lies in the shadow of the Snaefell Mountain. The glen descends in winding paths alongside a mountain stream which leads to the Sulby River.

National Glens

All of the National Glens are open to the public daily throughout the year and can be accessed by car with several situated near the Manx Electric Railway or Steam Railway stations and on bus routes.

Admission is free and disabled access varies.

The Island's National Glens are as follows, further details can be found on the Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture website.

  • Ballure Glen
  • Ballure Walk
  • Bishopscourt Glen
  • Bradda Glen and Headland
  • Colby Glen
  • Dhoon Glen
  • Elfin Glenn and Claughbane Woods
  • Glen Helen
  • Glen Maye
  • Glen Mooar
  • Glen Wyllin
  • Groudle Glen
  • Laxey Glen
  • Lhergy Frissel
  • Molly Quirk’s Glen and Bibaloe Walk
  • Port Soderick
  • Silverdale Glen
  • Tholt-y-Will Glen