Visitors to the Isle of Man can enjoy catching a glimpse of the Manx Waters during their stay. Not only are you rewarded with idyllic views of the rolling waves of the Irish Sea, but you can also marvel the charming sights of the active marinas and ports.
The Isle of Man currently operates two marina facilities, one in Douglas on the East Coast, and one in Peel on the West Coast. There’s also accessible ports in Castletown, Derbyhaven, Laxey, Port Erin, Port St Mary and Ramsey worth exploring.
During a visit to Douglas Marina you’ll find both commercial and private vessels. It is the only Manx port with dedicated passenger handling facilities and roll-on roll-off vehicle services. The port also provides specialist berths for oil and gas tankers as well as general cargo vessels, fishing vessels and occasional survey, customs and naval vessels.
The marina is located close to the town centre where you’ll find plenty of places to eat and drink
as well as the main shopping area
and sufficient guest accommodation
. As the Island’s capital, you’ll also find cinemas, theatres, bars and clubs to visit if you’re looking for evening entertainment.
If you choose to visit Peel Marina, you’ll see it remains the most active fishing port
on the Isle of Man. Peel is home to a comprehensive fish and shellfish processing industry and the traditional art of kipper curing
. You’ll also find the best ice-cream
on the Island!
Peel's striking feature is its ancient castle overlooking the entrance to the Inner Harbour which is open to visitors for the summer season (May – October). However, visitors can walk the walls at any time of the year.
And if you are interested in exploring the Island’s heritage, both Douglas and Peel are great places to visit. The Manx Museum
in Douglas and House of Manannan
in Peel are bursting with interesting artefacts unique to the Isle of Man. Open all year round, both museums offer great insight into the Island’s Celtic, Viking and maritime past.