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The Sound


The Sound


At the Island's very southern tip is one of the most scenic places in the British Isles. Abundant with wildlife and natural wonders, this area is a hotspot for seals sunbathing on the rocky Kitterland, a small rocky islet. The area is also frequented by dolphins and basking sharks and the swirling tidal races are popular with adventurous kayakers.

Walkers will also appreciate the coastal footpaths which lead from the The Sound to Port Erin or Spanish Head, Cregneash and the Chasms in Port St Mary.

If you have enough time book a boat trip to or around the Calf of Man. As a Nature Reserve and Bird Observatory, the Calf, a 600 acre islet located on one of western Britain's major migration routes, is an ideal place for bird life, fauna and flora. 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.

Dark Skies

Discover the panoramic views from the southernmost tip of the Island, whilst at the Sound. With very dark skies and minimal light pollution, the Sound is the perfect site to enjoy the Manx skies.

The Sound car park is one of 26 registered Dark Sky Discovery Sites on the Isle of Man. With the help of Interpretation Boards on site, stargazers can fully enjoy the stunning views on offer in the Manx skies.

Advice and Safety:

The stargazing site is a large flat area, with possible trip hazards in the dark. Parking is available and telescopes could be used adjacent to parked vehicles. The area is unfenced with the cliff edge approximately 50 metres away from the car park.



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking available
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - Approximate length of visit: 1 hour

Provider Facilities

  • Accept coach parties
  • Group Friendly
  • Stargazer Friendly
  • TT & Biker Friendly

Provider Features

  • Outdoor Attraction
Sound Road, Port st Mary, IM9 5PZ

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  • AccoladesUNESCO Biosphere Partner UNESCO Biosphere Partner 2021

Opening Times

* Open all year round

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car: Located in the south of the Island, approximately 5 miles from Castletown. Travel along the A5 road to Port St Mary. Take the sign posted road to Cregneash and the Sound. Follow the road which leads directly to The Sound.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus: Bus services include the 28. For further information regarding the bus timetable please visit

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