My Planner

Currently nothing planned yet in your itinerary. Have a browse through the site and begin to add products you're interested in. To begin adding to your itinerary planner, simply click the itinerary button when you see something worthwhile. If your planner remains unfinished, don't forget to hit save and come back later on!

Travel to the Isle of Man is currently restricted. For more information CLICK HERE

Calf of Man

Type:Landmark

Boat returning from the Calf of Man

About

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 (or the Manx Museum and National Trust), the Calf provides the 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. 

Around 33 species of seabirds breed on the islet annualy, include Manx Shearwater, Kittiwake, Razorbill and Shag. Other species normally observed on the island include Peregrine, Hen Harrier and Chough.

The Calf of Man Island is accessed 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.

Overnight stays are available in Manx National Heritage's hostel accommodation, the Calf of Man Bird Observatory during summer months. 

The Sound, Port St Mary
Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 (0) 1624 648015

Add Calf of Man to your Itinerary

Opening Times

* Accessible in the summer months

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Accessible by boat only. The Island can be seen from the The Sound accessible from Sound Road from Port St Mary.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus: Services available to Cregneash and The Sound, where the Island can be seen.

By Boat: Travelling to the Calf or around the Island is a unique experience and can be booked via local boatmen who depart from Port Erin and Port St Mary.  If you are planning to stay overnight, it is important to pre-book your journey directly with the boatmen and your overnight accommodation with Manx National Heritage. 

Depending on the vessel, the journey time from Port St Mary and Port Erin to the Calf of Man ranges from 15 to 40 minutes.

Boat Operators:

Mike Keggen - Vessel: ‘Kirree Varrey’ Tel: 07624 493824 Tel: 07624 209807

Chris Burton  Shona Boat Trips - Vessel: ‘Shona Elizabeth’ Email: shonaboattrips@manx.net Tel: Chris 07624 322765 Tel: Jason 07624 480682  Juan Clague - Vessel: ‘Scraayl' Tel: 01624 834307

 

What's Nearby

  1. At the Island's very southern tip is one of the most scenic places in the British Isles.…

    1.16 miles away
  2. Discover the panoramic views from the southernmost tip of the Island, whilst at the Sound…

    1.18 miles away
  3. Meayll Circle stands near to the summit of Meayll Hill overlooking the south of the…

    2.17 miles away
  1. Settled on an upland plateau overlooking the Calf of Man, Cregneash village was one of…

    2.19 miles away
  2. Using home-grown produce and eco-friendly methods to make their own sparkling wines,…

    2.97 miles away
  3. Discover the tranquil beauty of Bradda Glen offering spectacular and panoramic views over…

    3.08 miles away
  4. A unique museum that will take you back in time to a period when train travel on the Isle…

    3.22 miles away
  5. Picturesque Port Erin Beach is situated in the southwest of the Island. The beach sits in…

    3.25 miles away
  6. Port St Mary Beach or Chapel Beach, as it is also known, is situated in the south-east of…

    3.65 miles away
  7. The Sloc is a popular spot among local astronomers, with the site offering panoramic…

    4.97 miles away
  8. Balladoole, near to Castletown, is one of the most significant historic monument sites on…

    5.72 miles away
  9. Colby is in the south of the island, it is a mountain Glen. Very small with the Colby…

    5.94 miles away
  10. The Visitor Centre contains information on the local surroundings, the environment in…

    6.29 miles away
  11. The horseshoe-shaped bay of Castletown, offers sandy stretches and pebbly coves. The…

    6.75 miles away
  12. Discover one of the most preserved medieval castles in Europe. Opening times, facilities…

    6.77 miles away
  13. Be greeted by the secretary of the former home of the Manx Parliament, take your seat in…

    6.78 miles away
Previous Next
Stay in touch with us Let your extraordinary story unfold on the Isle of Man…sign up to our newsletter and let us inspire your visit to our hidden gem in the Irish Sea.