Isle of Man Walking Festival
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.
The annual walking festival takes place in May, along with a welcome evening in the capital of Douglas. Click here for more information and to book your place.
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.
The 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Please be aware that for the majority of the walks there will be no toilet facilities. There are public toilets in the local towns.
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 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.
Dogs are not allowed to join the walks due to the proximity of farmland and livestock.
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.
- Sturdy boots
- A warm jumper
- Waterproof coat
- Torch (if you're heading out on the bat walk)
- A hat
- Binoculars (if desired)
- Water bottle
- Packed lunch (ordered from your B&B if available)
- 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.
Bed & Breakfast Packages
|Travel by Sea||3 Star Guesthouse||3 Star Hotel||4 Star Hotel|
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 Sea||3 Star Ascot Hotel|
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 Sea||4 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.