Discovers wander at will and are eager to uncover the epic landscapes and stunning world which surrounds them, unearthing places at their own pace, building their story from the experiences provided by nature and their surroundings.

We navigate our seabound kingdom where Island wonders meet the water, as happy to roam without an itinerary as we are with a determination and a set path. We wander enchanted glens with the breeze that travels over plains and mountains, to the towering chasms that cascade to the depths of the sea.

We are fascinated by the world. We are both the sunrise and the sunset. We are unhibited, open to the possibility of the new experiences that discovery will bring us. We are eager and efficient, adaptable and supportive. We are seeking our next discovery.

With such a diverse natural landscape, the Isle of Man is the ideal place to take things back to basics and enjoy the calming influence of Mother Nature. From rolling hills to idyllic countryside, there's discovery to be had at every turn. We pursue the waterfalls we were told not to chase.

Our rich heritage of folklore and magic is the perfect background to Island discovery. Walk the famous Raad ny Foillan coastal path, discover the breath-taking views over land and sea on horseback, or relax and watch the intricacies of the night sky unfold before your very eyes at one of our 26 designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites. Discover the Orion Nebula or the beauty of the Great Andromeda Galaxy, all while staying on terra-firma.

Following in the footsteps of the Discoverers before you as you travel the Island from dusk 'til dawn, hopping from one natural wonder to the next. As a tribute to the rural character and tranquility of the Island, end your day camping and discover the Isle of Man at night.

  • From your strengths and ideal travel partner to your must see & do's, uncover more about what it is to be a 'discoverer' HERE.

Must See & Do

  • Walking

Rugged cliffs, rolling hills, picturesque glens, hidden coves and stunning views - the Isle of Man is a walker's delight! Whether you would enjoy a gentle stroll through one of 18 National Glens or a challenging hike, there’s a range of footpaths and tracks waiting to be explored.

Follow the Way of the Gull (Raad Ny Foillan) on the 100 mile coastal footpath which can be completed as a five day hike or at a gentler pace by choosing sections which head through historic towns, picturesque glens and sandy beaches.

Choose to explore free-hand with downloadable self-guided trails or for a more personalised experience, book a knowledgeable guide, many of whom have a passion for the outdoors and can ensure you see the best of the Isle of Man on foot.

  • Dark Skies

The Isle of Man offers an ideal place for you to indulge in some "dark skies" tourism during your holiday. The Isle of Man has something very unique, which lends itself to stargazing during your visit. The clarity of the night sky combined with the very low levels of light pollution means that you will see many astronomical sights, even without the aid of binoculars.

Viewing our dark skies will give you a real feel for how the Vikings travelled and found the Island all those years ago.

Home to 26 of the British Isles Dark Sky sites, the Island offers an extra stargazing incentive during your trip: that of the opportunity to see the Northern Lights. This is possible due to the very clear horizon visible from the North of the Island.

  • Glamping

Looking for something different to do during your holiday to the Isle of Man? Glamping is a fantastic and exciting way to enjoy the great outdoors whilst enjoying a few more creature comforts. Many of the glamping sites are located by some wonderful picturesque walks, meaning that you won’t need to walk too far to take in the breath-taking views on offer.

With a variety of glamping options available for you to choose from, there is something for all tastes. If you would like to try an eco-campsite, then solar powered yurts offer you the chance to experience a greener holiday. Or if you prefer a relaxing and spacious wooden hut, then why not try snuggling up by a roaring fire, or taking a dip in a hot tub in your very own cosy pod? Lose yourself in the Manx countryside by staying in a farmyard cabin, where you will be surrounded by beautiful orchards, Manx sheep and cows and uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside and coast.

  • Calf of Man

Located amidst spectacular scenery half a mile off the southern tip of the Isle of Man, the Calf of Man is a small island extending to approximately 600 acres. Now in the care of Manx National Heritage, the Calf provides the ideal destination for birdwatchers to visit, with it being home to many seabird colonies and thousands of migrating birds en route. 

Around 33 species of seabirds breed on the islet annually, including Manx Shearwater, Kittiwake, Razorbill and Shag. Other species usually observed on the Island include Peregrine, Hen Harrier and Chough.

The Calf of Man islet is accessible by small boat operators running return trips from Port St Mary and Port Erin. Sailings are subject to suitable weather conditions, tide, and the availability of the boatmen, and all journeys must be booked in advance.

  • Niarbyl Beach

Niarbyl is a secluded beauty spot just south of Dalby Village on the Island's west coast and of great geological interest. Discover the peaceful bay with its rolling hills, thatched cottages, and dramatic coastal paths leading to White Beach. Sunsets are remarkable in this scenic location and, on clear nights, exceptional for stargazing.

On a walk along the coast, you will be able to see one of the most interesting of the Island's ancient Keeils or early Christian chapels, Lag ny Killey. You'll also find quaint thatched cottages, which were featured in the film Waking Ned, and a coastal footpath which leads to an 8th Century chapel and secluded beach.

  • Ayres Visitor Centre & Nature Trail

The Ayres is an essential stretch of low-lying sand dune coastline, great for walking and bird watching. The Visitor Centre sits within the sand dunes, an area which stretches eight kilometres from Cronk-y-Bing to the Point of Ayre. The beach provides a great discovery walk too, with plenty of birds to watch, including diving gannets, and you might even spot an occasional seal.

A site of major ecological significance, parts have been designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest and as a National Nature Reserve.

  • Heritage Trail (Old Railway Line)

A simple bike and walking trail following the old steam railway line from Douglas to Peel, it is an easy route suitable for families. Stop for refreshments in St John's, and you have all the makings of a perfect morning or afternoon out for all the family. Finish your ride on to Peel Bay to find some famous Manx ice cream.

  • Ballahimmin Riding & Pony Trekking

Situated amidst the beautiful Little London hills at Cronk-y-Voddy, with fantastic off-road trails into the beautiful Manx hills. Experience breath-taking views over land and sea from areas inaccessible by car as you take to the saddle of the wide selection of well-schooled horses and ponies. 

At the height of summer, with vibrant shades of purple heather covering the hills and clear skies with views across the Irish Sea to the Mountains of Mourne and the Mull of Galloway in Scotland, there is no better way to experience the spectacular Manx countryside than on horseback.

The peace and tranquility are only interrupted by an abundance of wildlife; the distinctive sound of the Curlew, a sighting of a Hen Harrier or seeing hares 'boxing' in spring can be often witnessed while out trekking.

  • Scarlett Visitor Centre & Nature Trail

Displaying maps, diagrams and data, the Centre introduces the complex geology and fossil remains of the Scarlett peninsula. A short film shows off the area's rich coastal flora and bird life.

A marked Nature Trail explores these features on the ground, specifically the limestone pavements and volcanic rocks such as the Stack. This is an exhilarating walk in any season, especially when spring flowers including spring squill, thrift, bird’s foot trefoil and stonecrop, carpet the rocky outcrops and the turf.

In addition to the many and varied seabirds of Castletown Bay, wheatears, stonechats and meadow pipits dart among the rocks in summer and the disused quarry lake attracts hawking swallows and martins.

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Calf of Man
Landmark
Boat returning from the Calf of Man

Located amidst spectacular scenery half a mile off the southern tip of the Isle of Man, the Calf of Man is a small island extending to approximately 600 acres. An ideal destination for birdwatchers to visit, with it being home to a number of species of birds, including a number of seabird colonies and thousands of migrating birds on route.

Niarbyl Bay
Beach
Niarbyl White beach

Niarbyl is a secluded beauty spot just south of Dalby Village on the Island’s west coast and of great geological interest. Discover the peaceful bay with its rolling hills, thatched cottages and dramatic coastal paths leading to White Beach.

Niarbyl Marine Viewing Site
Viewpoint
Niarbyl Marine Viewing Site

The Marine Viewing Site present at Niarbyl Bay, Dalby, provides visitors and residents alike the perfect opportunity to catch sight of some of the marine wildlife present within the Manx waters. Take time to read one of the many information boards and learn about the Island's coastal and marine life.

Ayres Visitor Centre & Nature Trail
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Ayres Visitor Centre & Nature Trail

The Ayres is an important stretch of low-lying sand dune coastline at the northern tip of the island, great for walking and bird watching.

Heritage Trail (Old Railway Line)
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Old mill building on the Heritage Trail

A simple trail following the old steam railway line from Douglas to Peel, is a level easy route suitable for families You can choose to ride the whole route as a return trip, in one direction only or a small section of the trail. Please note: Some sections of the route are currently closed for on-going maintenance during the weekdays.

Ballahimmin Riding and Pony Trekking Centre
Horse Riding
Ballahimmin Riding and Pony Trekking Centre

Ballahimmin Riding and Pony Trekking Centre is situated amidst the beautiful Little London hills at Cronk-y-Voddy on the Isle of Man with fantastic off road trails into the beautiful Manx hills.

Scarlett Visitor Centre and Nature Trail
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Scarlett Visitor Centre and Nature Trail

The Visitor Centre contains information on the local surroundings, the environment in general and the work of Manx Wildlife Trust. You're sure to see outstanding coastal scenery, spectacular limestone and volcanic rock-formations, great spring flowers, interesting rock pool specimens and plenty of birds.

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