With long stretching coastlines, enchanted glens and landscapes beyond your wildest dreams all on your doorstep, the Isle of Man truly is a natural paradise and the perfect venue for a summer staycation for our Manx residents. We've compiled 8 top tips on how Islanders can rediscover the Isle of Man this summer...

1. Explore our heritage

The Isle of Man has a unique and varied heritage which is as evident today as it was many thousands of years ago. But how well do you really know it? Follow the trails that history has laid down as you dig up the past and sift through the magic of years gone by, piecing together the Island’s rich history. Over the coming weeks, Manx National Heritage will be re-opening their sites gradually and safely, starting with outdoor spaces, allowing you to explore our Island’s many famous historic sites. Or seek out some of the most important ancient monuments on Manx landscape to uncover as much as you desire about the Island’s greatest legacies paved the way for future generations.

2. Try some new eateries

When you’re on holiday, one of the best things to experience can be the taste of the local cuisine. A melting pot of character and taste, why not let our Island Eateries tantalise your taste buds with the purity and provenance of the delicious delicacies they serve up. Venture out of your comfort zone and try something new, somewhere new in the same way you would whilst on holiday- you never know, you could discover your new favourite dish!

3. Stay somewhere different

One of the best ways to get that staycation feeling is by staying somewhere different for a break. Whether you’re looking for a family adventure, a secluded getaway or perhaps just a change of scenery, our Island hosts a diverse and spectacular array of accommodation options, providing you with the perfect base to explore the natural playground on your doorstep. Ask your host or online forums for recommendations of things to see and do nearby your lodging – they may uncover some hidden Manx gems for you to explore.

4. Get closer to nature

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, our scenic highlights are truly unforgettable. With discovery to be had at every turn, you don’t have to travel far to uncover ‘10 of our favourite places we feel are definitely worth a visit in the Isle of Man’, based on their extraordinary natural beauty.

5. Try a new activity

The Island is your oyster come rain or shine. Roam free and answer the call of the wild through sea kayaking, stand up paddleboarding or coasteering. Or if you’re looking to explore the Island in a different way, you could always sign up to a Segway Safari or Quad Bike tour. Alternatively, let your adventure unfold by bike- with enough testing terrain to challenge even the most serious cyclists and plenty of quiet roads and off-road tracks for sightseers and families who want to take it at their own pace.

6. Walk a route you would normally drive

It’s easy to let the world glimmer by when you travel by car. With some of the best coastal walking in the British Isles, put your best foot forward and discover epic cliff footpaths, quiet sandy beaches and enchanted glens as you travel through a whole variety of landscapes on the Raad Ny Foillan coastal footpath. At almost 100 miles in length, it also provides the unique opportunity to walk around a complete Nation!

7. Explore a hidden beach

The Isle of Man’s shores are home to many fantastic beaches. From sandy stretches to pebbly coves, you’ll find the perfect spot for a walk, swim or picnic made up of delicious, fresh Manx produce.

Here are a few of our favourites that we think are definitely worth exploring:

Garwick beach: Found at the foot of Garwick Glen in the valley of Baldrine, and with its small bay backed by the woodlands of the Glen, the beach is one of the most picturesque locations on Island.

Port Grenaugh: Situated on the south-east coat of the Island this beach lies in a sheltered cove and is a great place for rock pooling; with a treasure trove of shells and rocks. You can also take a walk up the headland, which provides a beautiful view from of the bay.

Kirk Michael beach: A favourite among locals for watersports and dog walking, the long stretch of sandy beach is accessible by ramp and offers stunning views of the coast and nearby rugged cliffs.

8. Have fun, and act like a tourist!

Finally, and most importantly, don’t forget to have fun and create extraordinary memories to look back on. Bring a camera with you and take lots of photos of your #IOMstory- whether they’re of you posing in front of our iconic landmarks or capturing your sublime surroundings. Doing this during your staycation can ensure you awaken your travel mindset to avoid the feeling that it’s just another day.

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