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Derbyhaven Beach


Derbyhaven Beach


Derbyhaven Beach is a secluded cove that lies on the south-eastern tip of the Isle of Man and forms a crescent around the shallow, east-facing bay. The bay is protected by a breakwater and the waters here are highly favoured by windsurfers, as well as scuba divers and lesiure sailing. 

The beach is composed mainly of shingle and is backed by a sea wall and the whitewashed buildings of the small village. Beyond the village the beach is backed by a small, grassy verge that comprises part of the golf course beyond. 

Castletown Golf Links is adjacent to the beach, and beyond that, a narrow causeway leads over to St Michael’s Island, known locally as Fort Island, due to the ruins of a 17th century fort found here. There are also the ruins of a 12th century Celtic-Norse chapel on the island. Both sets of ruins are closed to the public, but there are a couple of walking paths on the island which offer scenic views. Fort Island is also a registered Dark Sky Discovery site due to the low light pollution and provides stunning views of the constellations overheard throughout the year. 

This part of the coastline is a good place to come wildlife spotting. St Michael’s Island is a bird sanctuary, and dolphins and porpoises can occasionally be seen in the waters around the bay.

Derbyhaven Road, Derbyhaven

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Opening Times

* Open all year round

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Douglas, follow the A5 to shore road in Castletown. Once there follow signs for the Promenade, continue onto Derbyhaven Road. Destination will be on the right.

Public Transport Directions

– Derbyhaven Beach can be accessed via car or bus. By Bus: For further information regarding bus timetables visit

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