The Sound and Calf of Man Visitor Centre
Sit back, relax and enjoy panoramic views of the coastline at the very southern tip of the Isle of Man.
The Sound Visitor Centre in Port St Mary is one of the most picturesque points in the south of the Island.
The large cafe, which has been built into the headland, offers 180 degree panoramic views of the surrounding area and is perfect for those looking for a full meal, light snack or just a cup of tea.
Adjoining the café is the visitor centre which contains a wealth of information about the history of the area including the Calf of Man which is an Island directly opposite.
Learn about the ships that sank tragically in the area, and the subsequent wrecks that entertain divers, the swirling tidal races that are popular with adventurous kayakers and the bird observatory which is located on the Calf of Man.
The waters around the Sound and Calf of Man are full of wildlife. The small rocky islet, known as Kitterland, which is located in the middle of both areas, is a hotspot for seals who can be found sunbathing on the rocks. The area is also frequented by dolphins and basking sharks.
The Calf of Man is also the perfect place to study many aspects of bird life with around 33 species breeding annually and it is located on one of western Britain's major migration routes. Breeding seabirds include Manx Shearwater, Kittiwake, Razorbill and Shag. Other species normally observed on the island include Peregrine, Hen Harrier and Chough.
Walkers will also appreciate the coastal footpaths which lead to Port Erin or Spanish Head, Cregneash and the Chasms in Port St Mary.
Opening Times and Admission
The Sound Visitor Centre is open daily all year. Between November and March the centre is open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm and between 10am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. From April until October the centre is open between 10am and sunset.
Admission is free.
There is ample free parking and disabled access.
Location and Contact
The Sound Visitor Centre, Sound Road, The Sound, IM9 5PZ.
For more information telephone 01624 838123 or visit www.manxnationalheritage.im.