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Laxey Beach


Laxey Beach


Laxey Beach is situated on the Island's east coast approximately 8 miles north of Douglas. Laxey has a pebble and sand beach, which gets progressively sandier the closer you go to the low-water mark. The beach sits in the picturesque Laxey Bay. It is bordered by cliffs to the south and by the harbour breakwaters to the north.

To the landward side of the beach is Laxey Promenade which has a beachfront cafe, a grassed area, car parking and public toilets. A lovely spot to have that essential ice-cream while looking out to sea.

The name Laxey comes from the old Norse 'laxa' (salmon) which gives its name to the Laxey River or Salmon River. The river flows down from Snaefell mountain into the sea at Laxey harbour. The stone harbour breakwaters are a great place for a spot of pier fishing at high-water.

Access to Laxey Beach is easy by bus, car or using the Manx Electric Railway which has a main station just a few minutes walk from the beach.

Nearby attractions include the Laxey Woollen Mills, Laxey Wheel, the Salmon Lake Centre, as well as a number of small independent shops and village pubs.


The beach and breakwater at Laxey offer good opportunity for angling, as do the rocky areas to the south of the bay. Species caught might include pollack, wrasse, coalfish, mackerel and conger eel.

The best fishing tends to be on the incoming tide three hours before high water, and a couple of hours after.  Let someone know where you are intending to fish before you go, and when fishing rock marks, be aware of the state of the tide and keep an eye on rising water to avoid being cut off from the shore. 

Back Shore Road, Laxey

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Douglas take the A2 road to Laxey.  Parking in Laxey is available in the following areas: Shaw Road and Laxey Promenade.

Upon arrival in Laxey or one of the above car parks follow the signage to Laxey beach.

Public Transport Directions

Bus services from Douglas to Laxey. For further information regarding bus timetables visit Upon arrival in Laxey, vacate the bus at the Manx Electric Railway. Then on foot follow the town signage to the beach.

What's Nearby

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Dhoon Glen, MaugholdDhoon Glen is known for its natural and rugged beauty. It boasts a splendid waterfall and streams offering the perfect picturesque photos.

The ShedThe Shed, LaxeyQuirky, cosy, artisan beachside eatery on the far end of Laxey Promenade. Open all year round, you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.

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