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4 Day Southern 100 Itinerary

4 Day Southern 100 Itinerary

The Southern 100 is unique to the Isle of Man, a tantalising mass-start road race that has been held each July since 1955!

Known as ‘The Friendly Races’, The Southern 100 is an exciting event for both motorcycle fans and those who are just dipping their toe into the world of motorsport. Held each evening, from the 8th July to the 11th July 2024, there’s plenty of time to explore the beautiful Isle of Man during the day. We’ve put together a four day Southern 100 itinerary to make sure that you make the most of your visit.

Monday - Day 1 

Niarbyl, Spooyt Vane & Bishopscourt Glen

Start your first day on the Isle of Man with a trip to one of the Island’s beauty spots. Niarbyl is a secluded spot located just south of the village of Dalby, featuring quaint cottages and dramatic coastal footpaths. Alternatively, visit one of the Island’s luscious glens, we recommend Glen Mooar for a dip in the natural pool beside Spooyt Vane waterfall, Bishopscourt Glen (formerly part of the private garden belonging to the Bishops of Sodor and Man) for a stroll that’s steeped in history, or Glen Wyllin for a lovely walk that leads to the beach. If you’re looking for a tasty brunch close to these locations, head to The Dovecote Tearooms & Gift Shop in Kirk Michael for delicious homemade food.

Peel Castle, The Creek & Peel Hill

Next, make your way to the seaside town and fishing port of Peel. Here you can visit the 11th Century Peel Castle which was constructed by Vikings on St Patrick’s Isle. The remarkable ruins provide a stunning backdrop to the town, as well as an insightful walk through history via audio tour guide. You can also wander along the coastal footpath behind Peel Castle to enjoy panoramic sea views. If you fancy a more challenging walk, head up Peel Hill to Corrin’s Folly for far-reaching views across Peel. Peel is a superb place to get lunch as there are plenty of lovely options. Some of our favourite cafés include Roots by the Sea and the Harbour Lights Café & Restaurant, while we’d recommend Peel Beach Kiosk, Black Dog Oven, or Peel Breakwater Kiosk for a casual al fresco lunch. For something a little more substantial, head to The Boatyard Restaurant or The Creek Inn. Make sure to follow this up with some mouth-watering local ice cream from Davison’s Ice Cream Parlour.

Ape Mann, Archallagan & Tynwald

For an adventurous afternoon make your way to South Barrule Forest and try your hand at Ape Mann Adventure Park or mountain biking. You could also explore Archallagan Forest which is also a top place for mountain biking and walking. For a chilled out afternoon, indulge in some retail therapy at Tynwald Mills Shopping Centre, where you can find a wide range of quality brands, as well as local goods and produce from numerous Manx businesses including Element Isle and Soaral. What’s more, Tynwald Mills is located next to numerous serene gardens including Tynwald National Park & Arboretum. You can also pop into Culture Vannin, located opposite the iconic Tynwald Hill, to soak up some Manx culture and heritage.

Tuesday - Day 2

The Ayres, Milntown & Mooragh Park

Begin day two with a visit to one of the north’s impressive beaches, we recommend The Lhen Beach, The Ayres, or Blue Point Beach for a glorious seaside stroll with views that can span all the way to Scotland and Ireland on a clear day. You might even spot dolphins and seals! Follow this up with some brunch at one of Ramsey’s much-loved cafes; Milntown Café where you can also explore the historic Milntown Estate, or Boathouse Eatery in the Park where you can enjoy a walk around Mooragh Park’s boating lake or take little ones to the playpark and water play area.

Curraghs Wildlife Park, Isle of Man Motor Museum & Victory Cafe

Afterwards, make your way to Curragh’s Wildlife Park to explore over 350 of the world’s animals, set over 40 acres of outstanding scenery and featuring facilities such as a miniature railway, close-up animal encounters, and numerous play areas. Additionally, you can take a wander around the curraghs to see if you can spot any wallabies in the wild! If you’d rather fuel your love of motorsports, check out the Isle of Man Motor Museum which hosts over 500 unique exhibits from around the globe, including over 300 iconic motorcycles. When you start to feel peckish, check out Victory Café, a British canteen style café that overlooks the 31st Milestone of the TT Racecourse, pretty cool!

Elfin Glen & Fynoderee

Why not spend the rest of the afternoon taking a walk around Elfin Glen and Claughbane Woods, enjoying scenic views over Ramsey? If you’d rather put your feet up, make your way to The Fynoderee Distillery to sample premium Manx spirits, or maybe even take part in a distillery tour and tasting. What’s more, you can find Gelatory in Ramsey, known for its phenomenal gelato offering that features a plethora of exciting flavours.

Wednesday - Day 3

Laxey Wheel, The Shed & Laxey Woollen Mills

Day three takes you to the east of the Island! Travel to Laxey, via the traditional Manx Electric Railway if you so wish, and head to The Great Laxey Wheel. This iconic Manx monument is a must-see during a visit to the Isle of Man, it is the largest working water wheel in the world after all! Next, get some brunch from one of Laxey’s cute cafes; Ballacregga Corn Mill, The Shed, Laxey Beach Stop Café, or The Laxey Glen Pavilion. Make sure to take time to wander around the picturesque village of Laxey, exploring the Mine Trail, Beach and Harbour. You can even nip into Laxey Woollen Mills to see cloth being woven on pedal looms. What’s more, it’s the only mill in the world weaving genuine Manx Loaghtan cloth and tweed.

Groudle Glen, Little Fish Cafe & Snaefell Mountain

Following this, set off exploring in one of the East’s leafy glens. A few of our favourites are; Groudle Glen which features the Groudle Glen Railway, Dhoon Glen which leads to a gorgeous bay and has a magnificent waterfall, and Laxey Glen which is home to an expansive children’s playground and rushing river. Alternatively, ride up Snaefell Mountain on the Snaefell Mountain Railway and enjoy views of the seven kingdoms from the top; Isle of Man, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Heaven, and the sea. For lunch, check out The Shore Hotel Laxey, or make your way into Douglas to dine at one of the city’s wide variety of cafes and restaurants. Some great options are; VIBE, Noa, Refuge, The Alpine, The Grand House, Little Fish Café, or JUST Pizza & Pasta.

Manx Museum, Horse Tram & Boredroom

Finish your afternoon with a cultural activity such as a visit to the Manx Museum, a trip on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, or a tour of the exquisite Gaiety Theatre. Another option is to spend time perusing the shops in the heart of Douglas City Centre where many independent retailers are based, such as; Sound Records, Mostly Manx, Pomegranate Home, The Boredroom and Copenhagen Luxe to name just a few.

Friday - Day 4

The Sound & Boat Tour

After attending the daytime Southern 100 event on Thursday, start your final morning on the Isle of Man with a trip to The Sound at the southern tip of the Island. Here you can watch frolicking seals on the Kitterland, lying between the Isle of Man and it’s uninhabited sister Island, the Calf of Man. You can even hop on a boat trip to the Calf via one of the Island’s small boat operators who sail from Port Erin and Port St Mary. For brunch, grab something yummy from the renowned Café at The Sound for a meal with a view.

Cregneash, Castle Rushen & Balladoole

From here there’s lot of cultural places you can visit! Why not make your way to the preserved traditional Manx crofting village of Cregneash for a glimpse of what rural life was like on the Island in the 19th century. What’s more, beside Cregneash you can find Meayll Hill, a believed 1000 year old chambered cairn that shows evidence of occupation from Neolithic to Medieval times. Moreover, you can check out Castle Rushen, an impressively preserved fortress that dates back to the 1400s, lying in the centre of the Island’s historic capital, Castletown. If you fancy some lunch, check out Kellas in Port St Mary, an immaculate development incorporating a café, restaurant, and bar where you can sample some delicious food.

Port Erin, Bradda Head & Foraging Vintners

For the rest of the day, head to the beachy town of Port Erin, home to a wide sandy beach with beach huts, a beach spa, and plentiful watersports such as; paddleboarding, kayaking, and aquabiking. If you’d like to stretch your legs, make your way through Bradda Glen and up Bradda Head to reach the prominent Milner’s Tower at its summit. Make sure to check out Manx winery Foraging Vintners to taste their non-grape varieties of sparkling wines, overlooking the delightful bay.

We hope our itinerary helps you to see and do as much as possible on the beautiful Isle of Man. You can view our other itineraries here!

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  1. Niarbyl Bay

    Dalby

    Niarbyl is a secluded beauty spot just south of Dalby Village on the Island’s west coast and of great geological interest. Discover the peaceful bay with its rolling hills and dramatic coastal paths leading to White Beach.

  2. Glen Mooar and Spooyt Vane Waterfall

    Kirk Michael

    Discover the Spooyt Vane waterfall, found in the depths of Glen Mooar which also contain the hidden histories of keeills and burial grounds from the early days of Mann.

  3. Bishopscourt Glen

    Ballaugh

    The Picturesque glen, located just north of Kirk Michael, is enriched in history. Locals and tourists alike will enjoy the many scenic features of the glen.

  4. Glen Wyllin

    Kirk Michael

    Glen Wyllin is a secluded wooded valley that comprises an extensive campsite that leads down to a picturesque beach where you can enjoy the sunset.

  5. Peel Castle

    Peel

    Visit Peel Castle, the ancient Vikings’ home. Enjoy panoramic views over Peel and spot seals and basking sharks.

  6. Coastal Footpath behind Peel Castle

    Peel

    Follow the coastal path around Peel Castle to enjoy the panoramic views looking out to sea. With minimal light pollution, it’s a perfect place to admire the stars over the North West and South.  

  7. Corrin's Folly

    Peel

    Corrin's Folly, stands on the top of Peel Hill overlooking the town of Peel and out across the Irish Sea as a tower monument to Thomas Corrin's beloved family.

  8. Roots by The Sea

    Peel

    A Small, locally owned coffee shop with a big personality equipped with all the homemade necessities you need after a sea dip or brisk walk along Peel prom.

  9. The Boatyard Restaurant

    East Quay, Peel

    Situated on Peel’s historic quayside, The Boatyard enjoys views of the bustling marina and ancient castle offering you the perfect spot to relax over a delicious lunch or candlelit evening meal.

  10. Davison's Ice Cream Parlour

    Peel

    Davison's Ice Cream Parlour is a small family-run ice cream outlet overlooking the historic seafront and beautiful sandy beach of Peel and the west coast of the Island. We have been producing ice cream on the Isle of Man since 1995 using only the finest locally sourced double cream and butter and…

  11. South Barrule Forest

    Foxdale

    South Barrule Forest is one of the Island's most popular woodlands for outdoor adventure and is a convenient gateway to neighbouring forests and hill land.

  12. 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.

  13. Quad Bike Mania

    Foxdale

    Adventure off-road on a guided quad bike tour in our growing activity centre at South Barrule forest. Let of some steam and take to the saddle on four-wheels for a trek through our forest course.

  14. Archallagan Forest

    Foxdale

    Archallagan, also known by some as the Forest of a Thousand Trails, is popular among mountain bikers, walkers and horse riders.

  15. Tynwald Mills Shopping Centre

    Open 7 days a week, Tynwald Mills is the ideal place for a spot of shopping during your Manx holiday.

  16. Element Isle

    St Johns

    Element Isle is a small independent family run business which designs and creates original contemporary jewellery inspired by the Isle of Man and its surroundings. 

  17. Tynwald National Park & Arboretum

    St Johns

    Situated in St Johns the Tynwald National Park and Arboretum is set in more than 25 acres of picturesque countryside.

  18. Culture Vannin Tynwald & Cultural Exhibition Centre

    St John's

    The Island’s cultural and Tynwald exhibition centre is a great way for all ages to find out about just what makes the Isle of Man Manx. In the centre, you can find out 'thing sites' like Tynwald around the world.

  19. The Lhen Beach

    Jurby

    The Lhen is a picturesque Sand and shingle beach near to Ramsey, perfect for moderate to experienced windsurfers.

  20. The Ayres National Nature Rerserve and Nature Discovery Centre

    Bride

    The Ayres is an important stretch of low-lying sand dune coastline at the northern tip of the island, great for walking and bird watching. Parts are designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest and as a National Nature Reserve, and the Centre tells visitors about the vulnerable area and…

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Niarbyl Bay (54.1636,-4.74038)Glen Mooar and Spooyt Vane Waterfall (54.2671,-4.60132)13.19
Glen Mooar and Spooyt Vane Waterfall (54.2671,-4.60132)Bishopscourt Glen (54.29847,-4.56333)3.85
Bishopscourt Glen (54.29847,-4.56333)Glen Wyllin (54.28168,-4.59171)2.36
Glen Wyllin (54.28168,-4.59171)Peel Castle (54.22609,-4.69835)8.37
Peel Castle (54.22609,-4.69835)Coastal Footpath behind Peel Castle (54.22609,-4.69835)0
Coastal Footpath behind Peel Castle (54.22609,-4.69835)Corrin's Folly (54.21331,-4.71022)1.46
Corrin's Folly (54.21331,-4.71022)Roots by The Sea (54.22391,-4.69266)1.48
Roots by The Sea (54.22391,-4.69266)The Boatyard Restaurant (54.22293,-4.69745)0.3
The Boatyard Restaurant (54.22293,-4.69745)Davison's Ice Cream Parlour (54.224,-4.69475)0.19
Davison's Ice Cream Parlour (54.224,-4.69475)South Barrule Forest (54.15856,-4.64417)7.2
South Barrule Forest (54.15856,-4.64417)Ape Mann Adventure Park (54.15525,-4.64314)0.34
Ape Mann Adventure Park (54.15525,-4.64314)Quad Bike Mania (54.15787,-4.64284)0.26
Quad Bike Mania (54.15787,-4.64284)Archallagan Forest (54.16708,-4.60189)2.57
Archallagan Forest (54.16708,-4.60189)Tynwald Mills Shopping Centre (54.20812,-4.63495)4.55
Tynwald Mills Shopping Centre (54.20812,-4.63495)Element Isle (54.20838,-4.63532)0.03
Element Isle (54.20838,-4.63532)Tynwald National Park & Arboretum (54.20523,-4.6376)0.34
Tynwald National Park & Arboretum (54.20523,-4.6376)Culture Vannin Tynwald & Cultural Exhibition Centre (54.20302,-4.64176)0.33
Culture Vannin Tynwald & Cultural Exhibition Centre (54.20302,-4.64176)The Lhen Beach (54.38326,-4.49959)19.88
The Lhen Beach (54.38326,-4.49959)The Ayres National Nature Rerserve and Nature Discovery Centre (54.4059,-4.41236)5.57
The Ayres National Nature Rerserve and Nature Discovery Centre (54.4059,-4.41236)Milntown Café (54.32013,-4.4043)8.61
Milntown Café (54.32013,-4.4043)Mooragh Park (54.32989,-4.38629)1.44
Mooragh Park (54.32989,-4.38629)Curraghs Wildlife Park (54.31632,-4.51214)7.48
Curraghs Wildlife Park (54.31632,-4.51214)Where's Wally the Wallaby? (54.32539,-4.52877)1.33
Where's Wally the Wallaby? (54.32539,-4.52877)Isle of Man Motor Museum (54.35956,-4.5221)3.45
Isle of Man Motor Museum (54.35956,-4.5221)Victory Cafe (54.25277,-4.46234)11.26
Victory Cafe (54.25277,-4.46234)Elfin Glen and Claughbane Woods (54.31275,-4.38306)7.59
Elfin Glen and Claughbane Woods (54.31275,-4.38306)The Fynoderee Distillery (54.32022,-4.38151)0.75
The Fynoderee Distillery (54.32022,-4.38151)Manx Electric Railway (54.16712,-4.46035)16.02
Manx Electric Railway (54.16712,-4.46035)The Great Laxey Wheel (54.23805,-4.40749)7.75
The Great Laxey Wheel (54.23805,-4.40749)The Shed (54.22362,-4.39386)1.65
The Shed (54.22362,-4.39386)Laxey Beach Stop Cafe (54.22505,-4.39098)0.22
Laxey Beach Stop Cafe (54.22505,-4.39098)The Laxey Glen Pavilion (54.23137,-4.40914)1.24
The Laxey Glen Pavilion (54.23137,-4.40914)Laxey Woollen Mills (54.23099,-4.40311)0.36
Laxey Woollen Mills (54.23099,-4.40311)Groudle Glen (54.17787,-4.42331)5.45
Groudle Glen (54.17787,-4.42331)Groudle Glen Railway (54.17881,-4.42652)0.21
Groudle Glen Railway (54.17881,-4.42652)Dhoon Glen (54.24969,-4.37649)7.68
Dhoon Glen (54.24969,-4.37649)Laxey Glen (54.23144,-4.40785)2.59
Laxey Glen (54.23144,-4.40785)Snaefell Mountain (54.25686,-4.46148)4.04
Snaefell Mountain (54.25686,-4.46148)Snaefell Mountain Railway (54.23215,-4.40532)4.12
Snaefell Mountain Railway (54.23215,-4.40532)VIBE Plant Based Café & Restaurant (54.14829,-4.47892)9.45
VIBE Plant Based Café & Restaurant (54.14829,-4.47892)Noa Market Hall (54.14786,-4.47892)0.04
Noa Market Hall (54.14786,-4.47892)The Alpine (54.15012,-4.47823)0.23
The Alpine (54.15012,-4.47823)Little Fish Cafe (54.1477,-4.48062)0.28
Little Fish Cafe (54.1477,-4.48062)JUST Pizza & Pasta (54.14763,-4.48334)0.16
JUST Pizza & Pasta (54.14763,-4.48334)Manx Museum (54.15447,-4.48182)0.69
Manx Museum (54.15447,-4.48182)Douglas Bay Horse Tramway (54.16711,-4.46047)1.78
Douglas Bay Horse Tramway (54.16711,-4.46047)Gaiety Theatre (54.15616,-4.47781)1.5
Gaiety Theatre (54.15616,-4.47781)Sound Records (54.1486,-4.47918)0.76
Sound Records (54.1486,-4.47918)Mostly Manx (54.14947,-4.48034)0.11
Mostly Manx (54.14947,-4.48034)The Sound (54.06383,-4.79321)20.28
The Sound (54.06383,-4.79321)Calf of Man (54.05347,-4.81579)1.69
Calf of Man (54.05347,-4.81579)Cregneash (54.06831,-4.76806)3.18
Cregneash (54.06831,-4.76806)Meayll Hill (54.07254,-4.76907)0.43
Meayll Hill (54.07254,-4.76907)Castle Rushen (54.07382,-4.65241)6.86
Castle Rushen (54.07382,-4.65241)Port Erin Beach (54.08712,-4.75987)6.46
Port Erin Beach (54.08712,-4.75987)Beach Sauna - Kishtey Çheh (54.08541,-4.76003)0.17
Beach Sauna - Kishtey Çheh (54.08541,-4.76003)Bradda Glen and Milner's Tower (54.09153,-4.76619)0.71
Bradda Glen and Milner's Tower (54.09153,-4.76619)Foraging Vintners - Craft Winery (54.08457,-4.76514)0.7
Total Distance *220.94 miles
Estimated Journey Time7.11 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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