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Axnfell Forest


Axnfell Forest


Axnfell is on the steep north facing slopes of Glen Roy. It has an area of 36 hectares. It was planted in the years 1951, 1967 and 1985, the main species of trees being Japanese Larch and Sitka Spruce. The car park at its entrance has an excellent picnic site overlooking Glen Roy and Baldhoon, and views stretch right up to Windy Corner on the TT course. Access for timber extraction within the plantation is poor resulting in the non thinning of trees on the lower slopes; however it is hoped that in the future the lower slopes may be further converted to broadleaved trees.

Dark Sky Site

Axnfell Forest is also a registered Dark Skies Site. An interpretion board will allow visitors to enjoy the stunning stargazing on offer.

The Island is ideally placed to see the magnificent sight of the Northern Lights on many occasions. The Northern lights are normally only seen from Northerly locations such as Alaska, Norway and Iceland, however the crystal clear Northern horizon from the Islands North eastern coast means this fascinating phenomenon can often be seen from the Island. The Manx Night sky is an amazing experience that will astound even the most experienced stargazer.

Home to currently 26 of the British Isles Dark sky discovery sites, the Isle of Man has some of the darkest skies in Europe.


Parking & Transport

  • On site parking


  • Stargazing in the Isle of Man
Glen Roy, Laxey

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Opening Times

* Open all year round

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Douglas, take the A18 road toward the Mountain. A the Creg Ny Baa, take a right onto the Cre Ny Baa back road. Go past Conrhenny Plantation and continue onto Ballacollister Road. Parking for Axnfell plantation can be found on the left hand side after approximately 1km. 

Public Transport Directions

Not easily accessible by public transport, but with ample parking, access is by car.

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