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Port Soderick Glen

Type:Glen

Port Soderick  Glen

About

Port Soderick is situated some 4 miles south of Douglas in rolling countryside close to the Old Castletown Road. Whilst not as rugged as some other glens, it is very sheltered and incorporates a flowering meadow at its centre.

Port Soderick became a Manx National Glen in 1975 and has been known in the past as the Sunny or South Creek. The glen itself comprises some 15 acres with the Crogga River running through it. It has several stands of conifers - particularly on its south side. During the springtime the northern banks are clad with bluebells, whilst a marshy area on the southern side is populated with Blughtyn or marsh marigolds. An additional 30 native species of Manx wildflower were introduced into the central meadow in 2006.

Port Soderick is also a registered Dark Sky Discovery Site and an Interpretation Board can be found at the Upper Car Park. This 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.

Facilities

Provider Facilities

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  • Stargazing in the Isle of Man
Port Soderick Glen Road, Santon

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Opening Times

* Open all year round

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Take the old Castletown road and make a left at the Port Soderick Glen Road. Follow the road to the bottom of the hill where you will find ample parking to access the glen.

Public Transport Directions

Port Soderick Glen can be accessed bus, car or by alighting at Port Soderick on the steam railway.

By Bus: For further information regarding bus timetables visit www.bus.im Please note the buses to Port Soderick are infrequent.

By Train: For further information regarding the Steam Train visit www.iombusandrail.im/heritage

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