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Isle of Man Walking Festival 2015

The Isle of Man is a walking mecca with an everchanging landscape of moors, hills, glens, forests and beaches. Explore the Island and walk in the footsteps of the Island’s Viking and Celtic ancestors across some of the most stunning countryside in the British Isles.

Overview

The 11th annual walking festival will be taking place 11th – 15th May, with the welcoming evening taking place in the capital of Douglas on Sunday 10th May. Click here for more information and to book your space now!

Walking packages and costs

There is a range of walking packages available which are supplied by the organisers of the festival. Prices start from £355pp for a 5 day bed and breakfast package. Click on the tab above for the full list of packages available.

You can also arrange your own travel and accommodation and simply join in the festival for as much or as little as you would like! Each walk costs £5pp to attend and pre-booking is required.

Locations

2015-Walking_Fest-GuideThe walks start and finish all around the Island. There are also targeted routes for different sections of the coast and countryside and specific attractions. All walks start and finish using public transport – either buses or the Islands’ railways.

Getting here

The Island can easily be reached by sea (Heysham and Liverpool) or air (Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Glasgow, Gloucester, Liverpool, London (City, Gatwick and Stanstead), Manchester and Newcastle). Costs and timetables vary; please visit the Travel Page for more information.

Arriving

On Sunday 10th May there will be a welcome evening and registration event at the Villa Marina in Douglas. All transport details will be available, together with up-to-date information about the walks for specific times view the Walking Festival Transport Timetable. There will also be the opportunity for you to meet your guides and make new friends! Full information will be provided when you book. To get an idea of what to expect at the festival, view the Walking Festival Programme 2015 e-book.

During the Festival

The walks

You can pick as many walks as you would like. They range in difficulty and length, with guidance of the length and pace of the walk provided in the festival brochure.

Evening entertainment

There is also a range of entertainment during the festival to make sure you get the most out of your trip! On Monday 11th May there will be a Tynwald Chambers Tour allowing you to explore the Island’s legislative building and gain an insight into the oldest continuous parliament in the world. There are also live music events and ceilidhs during the week, the perfect way to finish a day’s walking!

Where to stay

There are a wide range of campsites, self-catering, B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels on the Island. Have a look at the ‘walker friendly’ range of accommodation to make sure you have somewhere warm and dry to hang up your muddy boots!

Where to eat

During the day, please bring a packed lunch and snacks to eat in the great outdoors. In the evenings there are lots of fantastic restaurants in all the major towns, click here for more information.

How to get around

The Island has 3 railways, a comprehensive bus network and plenty of hire car opportunities. All walks start and finish using public transport so you don’t need to worry about getting lost!

Advice & What to Bring

Groups

Group numbers are limited depending upon the walk, some allow 12 walkers whereas others we can accommodate 25/30 visitors. The festival is less crowded than popular UK events, allowing you to properly explore the wild Isle of Man landscape.

Facilities

Please be aware that for the majority of the walks there will be no toilet facilities. There are public toilets in the local towns.

Safety

You will be led by an experienced walking guide on every walk during the festival. You will be in small groups, making it a very safe way to explore the Isle of Man. It is the walk leader’s discretion to change the route of a walk should the weather conditions, or other extraneous circumstances, deem it necessary.

Children

Children over the age of 5 are welcome on most of the routes; however it is the responsibility of the guardian to ensure safety and the ability to undertake the length and difficulty of the walk.

Pets

Dogs are not allowed to join the walks due to the proximity of farmland and livestock.

Clothing

You should make sure that you are properly equipped for walking. Walking boots, a waterproof jacket and trousers, warm clothes, gloves and hat and a rucksack are essential. Jeans are not suitable and walk leaders reserve the right to refuse participation to any walker if they are not suitably attired.

Festival checklist

  • Sturdy boots
  • A warm jumper
  • Waterproof coat
  • Torch (if you're heading out on the bat walk)
  • A hat
  • Binoculars (if desired)
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Packed lunch (ordered from your B&B if available)
  • Snacks
  • Walking Festival Transport Timetable

Make sure you bring enough food and drink for the length of your walk as some of the walks are in remote parts of the Island with no easy access to refreshments.

Packages

Bed & Breakfast Packages

Travel by Sea3 Star Guesthouse 3 Star Hotel4 Star Hotel
Any Port£355pp£410pp£430pp

Air packages are available from the following destinations: Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Glasgow, Gloucester, Liverpool, London (City, Gatwick & Stansted), Manchester, Newcastle. Prices on application. Prices are per person based on 2 sharing double / twin room include 6 nights Bed & Breakfast, return travel and walking festival package. Single room supplements apply. Packed lunch available to pre book or on arrival with 24 hours’ notice each day (prices from £5.00).

Dinner Bed & Breakfast Offer (Limited availability)

Travel by Sea3 Star Ascot Hotel
Any Port£499pp

Air packages are available from the following destinations: Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Glasgow, Gloucester, Liverpool, London (City, Gatwick & Stansted), Manchester, Newcastle. Prices on application. Prices are per person based on 2 sharing double / twin room include 6 nights Bed & Breakfast, return travel and walking festival package. Single room supplements apply.

Coastal Path Walk Packages

Travel by Sea4 Star Ellan Vannin Guesthouse
Any Port£570pp (Bed & Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

Air packages are available from the following destinations: Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Glasgow, Gloucester, Liverpool, London (City, Gatwick & Stansted), Manchester, Newcastle. Prices on application. Prices are per person based on 2 sharing double / twin room and include 6 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast, return travel, 5 days packed lunches (Monday – Friday), daily transfers to / from walk, all social events and welcome reception. Single room supplements apply. Please note Island Explorer Ticket not included (private transport only).

Walking Festival breaks are flexible and can be packaged to suit your personal requirements. Flight packages are available from most major UK Airports – prices are available on request and early booking is recommended.

Looking for something different, Isle of Man Events Services have a variety of picturesque country self-catering cottages / Apartments and Bed & Breakfast properties.

Alternatively you can make your own travel and accommodation arrangements and just pay for individual walks on a pay and go basis. Please contact Isle of Man Events Services on +44 (0)1624 664460 and ask for details.

Downloadable Documents
Acrobat PDF FileWalking Festival Transport 2015 (279 kb)
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Acrobat PDF FileWalking Festival Brochure (4080 kb)
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