Calf of Man


Boat returning from the Calf of Man

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Located amidst spectacular scenery half a mile off the southern tip of the Isle of Man, the Calf of Man is a small island extending to approximately 600 acres.

Now in the care of Manx National Heritage (or the Manx Museum and National Trust), the Calf provides the ideal destination for birdwatchers to visit, with it being home to a number of species of birds, including a number of seabird colonies and thousands of migrating birds on route. 

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.

The Calf of Man Island is accessed by small boat operators running return trips from Port St Mary and Port Erin. Sailings are subject to suitable weather conditions, tide and the availability of the boatmen and all journeys must be booked in advance.

Overnight stays are available in Manx National Heritage's hostel accommodation, the Calf of Man Bird Observatory during summer months. 

The Sound, Port St Mary
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Opening Times

* Accessible in the summer months

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Accessible by boat only. The Island can be seen from the The Sound accessible from Sound Road from Port St Mary.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus: Services available to Cregneash and The Sound, where the Island can be seen.

By Boat: Travelling to the Calf or around the Island is a unique experience and can be booked via local boatmen who depart from Port Erin and Port St Mary.  If you are planning to stay overnight, it is important to pre-book your journey directly with the boatmen and your overnight accommodation with Manx National Heritage. 

Depending on the vessel, the journey time from Port St Mary and Port Erin to the Calf of Man ranges from 15 to 40 minutes.

Boat Operators:

Mike Keggen - Vessel: ‘Kirree Varrey’ Tel: 07624 493824 Tel: 07624 209807

Chris Burton  Shona Boat Trips - Vessel: ‘Shona Elizabeth’ Email: Tel: Chris 07624 322765 Tel: Jason 07624 480682  Juan Clague - Vessel: ‘Scraayl' Tel: 01624 834307


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