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The Adventure Itinerary

The Adventure Itinerary

The Isle of Man isn’t just about Instagram-worthy photo opportunities: it’s the backdrop for some of the most exhilarating activities in the British Isles. While the Island may have a reputation for its relaxed approach to life, even the most madcap adrenaline junkies will find something to get their pulses raising here.

TAKE TO TWO WHEELS

The Isle of Man is the ideal destination for a spot of cycling, with a variety of terrains to appeal to both novices and experts.

At only half a day's ride from end to end, the Isle of Man has it all when it comes to enjoying the Island on two wheels: climbs and mountain paths, breathtaking coastal roads, off-roading trails, quiet back lanes, and more car-free paths than you can shake your helmet at.

But if you're looking for something that'll leave you feeling the burn, the tracks across the Island's mountainous peaks are a thrilling ride that offers solid climbs, descents, and some of the most panoramic views of the Manx landscape. 

And if you’re not bringing your bicycle, Erin Bike Hut, Outdoors Ramsey and Green Wheelers Electric Bike Co all have bikes to hire.

EXPLORE THE ISLAND'S WATERS

One of the premier destinations for sea kayaking in the world, everything comes together on the Manx coast, with its sandy beaches, and secret caves and coves. Yet, despite the spectacular scenery, it’s the local wildlife that steals the show, with whales, dolphins, seals, puffins and birds of prey all paying regular visits to these shores.

Or explore the breathtaking coastline with a coasteering excursion as you swim and climb across some of the Island’s most rugged terrain; slip, slide, and scramble your way through a series of stunning freshwater gorges.

Local operators Adventurous Experiences, Sea Kayaking Isle of Man and The Venture Centre can all help you make this excursion a part of your Isle of Man itinerary.

GLIDE ALONG THE COASTLINE ON A PADDLEBOARD

For a unique perspective of the Island, you really can’t beat paddleboarding, and with some 160km of coastline at your disposal, there’s plenty to explore. The crystal-clear waters offer a wealth of sights – from shipwrecks and seals to bioluminescent algae that floats to the surface in a magical blue hue. Saltworks SUP and Port Erin Paddleboards offer lessons and adventures for all abilities, regardless of fitness level, for groups of all sizes, including one-to-one sessions.

SCALE THE COASTAL CLIFFS

Have a head for heights? If so, why not test yourself with a panoply of climbing and abseiling challenges against the Island’s rugged cliffs. Adventurous Experiences and The Venture Centre offer rock climbing opportunities around the Manx coastline for children and adults, while Ape Mann Adventure Park in one of the Island’s largest plantations invites you to travel through the trees on a maze of ropes and zip wires.

WALK AROUND AN ENTIRE NATION

 The Raad ny Foillan is Manx Gaelic for ‘The Way of the Gull’ and at almost 160km in distance, it’s the Island’s most challenging or (depending on which way you look at it) rewarding hiking route. The footpath is an invitation for intrepid sightseers to explore the cliffs, wooded glens and open farmland that make up the Island’s rural beauty, with castles, local wildlife and beaches to explore along the way. Up for a challenge? Squeeze it all into a strenuous four-day hike or spread it out into a far more manageable 12-day jaunt.

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  1. Erin Bike Hut

    Port Erin

    Erin Bike Hut is a friendly, independent cycle hire shop in Port Erin, on the south coast of the beautiful Isle of Man. Unesco praised the island as a “special place for people and nature” and with its unique variety of terrain.

  2. Outdoors Ramsey

    Ramsey

    Outdoors Ramsey offers a wide selection of adult bicycles available for hire. An Island wide collection and delivery service is available at a small additional cost. Children's cycle rear seats, lights and panniers are also available to hire.

  3. Adventurous Experiences

    St Johns

    Adventurous Experiences deliver year-round unforgettable experiences through sea kayaking, coasteering, gorge scrambling, team building and family friendly adventures in the Isle of Man. Family, adventure, fun, wildlife and coastline.

  4. Sea Kayaking Isle of Man

    Sea Kayaking Isle of Man offer lots of different sessions suited for everybody. From the complete beginner to the seasoned professional and everyone in-between, we offer it all. And all with experienced and highly qualified instructors.

  5. The Venture Centre

    Port E Vullen, Maughold

    The Venture Centre is the main provider of adventure activities on the Isle of Man offering kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing, abseiling, gorge walking, coasteering, archery, target shooting and the assault course.

  6. Saltworks-SUP Stand Up Paddleboarding

    Isle Of Man

    Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard.. #SUP.... "Feel the Water beneath your feet" ...fantastic coastal adventures running all year round. From beginners to our SUP Safari Trips from individuals to groups and families.

  7. Port Erin Paddleboards

    Shore Road, Port Erin

    Port Erin Paddleboards is the island’s leading Paddleboarding Centre and proud to be the first in Europe to offer the amazing Twilight-Go Paddleboarding Experience.

  8. Ape Mann Adventure Park

    Foxdale

    Set in one of the Island's largest plantations, South Barrule, there are activities for all the family. ​Find your way through the rope courses, crawl through the sky barrels, take on the leap of faith, and whiz down the long zip-lines.

  9. 1: Douglas to Derbyhaven Raad ny Foillan

    Douglas

    Ordnance Survey Map: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/4370250/Isle-of-man-Raad-ny-Foillan-coastal-footpath
    Grading: Moderate
    Distance: 20.5 km / 12.5 miles
    As you head south along the Island’s picturesque coastline you will be met with breathtaking scenery and stunning panoramic views…

  10. 2: Derbyhaven to Port St Mary Raad ny Foillan

    Derbyhaven

    Grading: Leisurely
    Distance: 19.5 km/ 12 miles
    This low-lying stretch of the coastal path follows the sea’s edge with views over rugged, rocky outcrops and wide sheltered bays with the option to explore the Island's ancient capital Castletown.

  11. 3: Port St Mary to Port Erin Raad ny Foillan

    Port St Mary

    Grading: Moderate
    Distance: 11 km / 7 miles
    With cinematic views, pass sheer cliffs, historic villages and wonderful wildlife. This walk around the Island's southern coast is a favourite amongst walkers and possibly one of the best coastal walks in the British Isles.

  12. 4: Port Erin to Niarbyl Raad ny Foillan

    Port Erin

    Grading: Strenuous
    Distance: 15 km / 9.5 miles
    This section of the Raad ny Foillan is particularly spectacular in mid to late summer when the surrounding heather and gorse are in full bloom. with plenty of uphill climbs you'll find mesmerising views throughout.

  13. 5: Niarbyl to Peel Raad ny Foillan

    Grading: Moderate
    Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
    This section of the Raad ny Foillan begins at the picturesque Niarbyl Bay before the footpath leads you to the magical Glen Maye. Wind round coastal cliffs to eventually arrive at Peel Hill and Corrin's Tower before taking in the breathtaking views over…

  14. 6: Peel to Kirk Michael Raad ny Foillan

    Peel

    Grading: Moderate
    Distance: 11 km / 7 miles
    This fascinating section of the Raad ny Foillan will take you past chapels, churches and even past a fine collection of Norse crosses, a perfect stop for a bite to eat and some time to explore.

  15. 7: Kirk Michael to Jurby Raad ny Foillan

    Kirk Michael

    Grading: Moderate
    Distance: 11 km / 7 miles
    This fascinating section of the Raad ny Foillan will take you past chapels, churches and even past a fine collection of Norse crosses, a perfect stop for a bite to eat and some time to explore.

  16. 8: Jurby to Point of Ayre Raad ny Foillan

    Jurby

    Grading: Leisurely
    Distance: 13.5km/ 8.5 miles
    This leisurely walk is a section of the Raad ny foillan coastal footpath, which offers some of the best coastal walks in the British Isles. Discover the many species of birds, animals and marine life whilst on route, as well as taking in the…

  17. 9: Point of Ayre to Ramsey Raad ny Foillan

    Bride

    Grading: Leisurely
    Distance: 9km/ 5.5 miles
    Be accompanied by species of birds and the occasional seal, whilst on this section of the Raad Ny Foillan and take in the spectacular views the Island has to offer. Start your walk at the Point of Ayre Lighthouse, often covered in heather and follow the…

  18. 10: Ramsey to Maughold Raad ny Foillan

    Ramsey

    Grading: Moderate
    Distance: 7 km / 4.5 miles
    This walk takes you from a bustling harbour town to the peaceful coastal cliffs of Maughold Brooghs which blooms with gorse and bluebells in spring. Arriving at the edge of Maughold Village, you'll find the church and shelter which houses the largest…

  19. 11: Maughold to Laxey Raad ny Foillan

    Maughold

    Grading: Moderate
    Distance: 14 km / 8.5 miles
    On this stretch of the coast, enjoy views back to Maughold Lighthouse, a view of North Barrule and follow the route through Cornaa valley to a shingle cove. A country track takes you to the deep wooded Dhoon Glen before taking an inland road to Laxey…

  20. 12: Laxey to Douglas Raad ny Foillan

    Laxey

    Begin your walk at Laxey Promenade, before following the steep footpath leading towards Baldrine. Take time to discover the isolated cove of Garwick Bay before continuing on to Ballanette Reserve. Here you can take time to explore the picturesque Reserve with its abundance of wildlife and coastal…

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Erin Bike Hut (54.08595,-4.75912)Outdoors Ramsey (54.32175,-4.37803)32.51
Outdoors Ramsey (54.32175,-4.37803)Adventurous Experiences (54.20366,-4.66868)20.72
Adventurous Experiences (54.20366,-4.66868)The Venture Centre (54.30191,-4.35376)20.9
The Venture Centre (54.30191,-4.35376)Saltworks-SUP Stand Up Paddleboarding (54.31778,-4.37977)2.2
Saltworks-SUP Stand Up Paddleboarding (54.31778,-4.37977)Port Erin Paddleboards (54.0848,-4.76559)32.5
Port Erin Paddleboards (54.0848,-4.76559)Ape Mann Adventure Park (54.15525,-4.64314)10.08
Ape Mann Adventure Park (54.15525,-4.64314)1: Douglas to Derbyhaven Raad ny Foillan (54.14797,-4.47472)9.91
1: Douglas to Derbyhaven Raad ny Foillan (54.14797,-4.47472)2: Derbyhaven to Port St Mary Raad ny Foillan (54.08251,-4.61434)10.5
2: Derbyhaven to Port St Mary Raad ny Foillan (54.08251,-4.61434)3: Port St Mary to Port Erin Raad ny Foillan (54.08053,-4.7427)7.55
3: Port St Mary to Port Erin Raad ny Foillan (54.08053,-4.7427)4: Port Erin to Niarbyl Raad ny Foillan (54.08473,-4.77)1.66
4: Port Erin to Niarbyl Raad ny Foillan (54.08473,-4.77)5: Niarbyl to Peel Raad ny Foillan (54.16455,-4.73935)8.2
5: Niarbyl to Peel Raad ny Foillan (54.16455,-4.73935)6: Peel to Kirk Michael Raad ny Foillan (54.22549,-4.69882)6.55
6: Peel to Kirk Michael Raad ny Foillan (54.22549,-4.69882)7: Kirk Michael to Jurby Raad ny Foillan (54.28129,-4.59182)8.4
7: Kirk Michael to Jurby Raad ny Foillan (54.28129,-4.59182)8: Jurby to Point of Ayre Raad ny Foillan (54.36551,-4.53375)9.1
8: Jurby to Point of Ayre Raad ny Foillan (54.36551,-4.53375)9: Point of Ayre to Ramsey Raad ny Foillan (54.41563,-4.36824)10.88
9: Point of Ayre to Ramsey Raad ny Foillan (54.41563,-4.36824)10: Ramsey to Maughold Raad ny Foillan (54.32529,-4.3811)9.08
10: Ramsey to Maughold Raad ny Foillan (54.32529,-4.3811)11: Maughold to Laxey Raad ny Foillan (54.29257,-4.33282)4.33
11: Maughold to Laxey Raad ny Foillan (54.29257,-4.33282)12: Laxey to Douglas Raad ny Foillan (54.2251,-4.39063)7.56
Total Distance *212.58 miles
Estimated Journey Time6.84 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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