For those wanting to explore on foot, the Isle of Man has a range of good walking from long distance footpaths like Raad ny Foillan (the coastal footpath or Road of the Gull), Millennium Way, Bayr Ny Skeddan (the Herring Route), and the Heritage Trail along the now long closed Douglas to Peel Railway.
A google search of “Walks Isle of Man” produces lots of websites with different ideas for walks of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. Two good sites are
The different glens around the island are freely accessible and provide a wide range of good short walks.
Many of the forestry plantations across the island have short self guided walks known as ‘warden’s walks’.
The OS Landranger Map number 95 at a scale of 1:50,000 (2cm to 1km) marks many footpaths and bridleways that make good walking. It is much better and easier to use than the Isle of Man Survey Outdoor Leisure Map at a scale of 1:25,000 (4cm to 1km).
The following are some of the walks I have enjoyed on the Isle of Man.
• St Michael’s Isle #2
• Scarlet Point to Chapel Hill #3
• Port Erin to Bradda Head #4
• Creagneash to Port St Mary visa the Chasms #5
Glen walks include:
• Ballagalass Glen Walk #6
• Dhoon Glen Walk #7
• Groudle Glen Walk #8
• Laxey Glen Gardens #9
• Silverdale Glen walk #10
• Summerhill Glen Walk #11
The Laxey Mines Trail #4 is described in detail here.
There are others we walked before we had a digital camera. (Pictures scanned from old slides may not be very good quality.)
• North Barrule, which can be approached from the A18 Mountain road from The Bungalow to Ramsey. This is a superb high level out and back walk along the ridge to the summit.
• South Barrule is a very easy walk from Round Table at the cross roads of A36 and A27. It is a good view point and also has a Celtic hill fort complete with ramparts and gateways.
• Cronk ny Arrey Laa is a steep climb from the A 36 and is a good viewpoint. From there, there is a lovely walk along the ridge following Raad ny Foillan ( the coastal footpath) before dropping down to Fleshwick Bay, B47 to Ballafesson and back along the Bridle path
• From Glen Maye, there is good walking up Glen Mooar along Bay ny Skeddan to the old Foxdale mine ruins at Cross Vein and Beckwith . This can be continued along Glen Rushen.
• The walk along the coast from Glen Maye to Peel drops down the lovely Glen Maye, past a waterfall to pick up the coast following the Bayr ny Skeddan and Raad ny Follan. The trig point on Corrins Hill is a good view point. The adjacent Corrin’s Tower was built in 1806 by Thomas Corrin who owned much of the land round here. He is buried in the small walled graveyard along with his wife and two children.Windows on the eastern side were blocked up following complaints ships were mistaking the tower for Peel breakwater lights.
• Port Soderick to Douglas Head is one of the Railway ramble walks. Beginning at Port Soderick station the walk drops down through Port Soderick Glen to the beach.
This was popular in the late C19th and early C20th centuries and there was once a hotel, a walkway across the rocks, amusement arcade and a funicular taking day trippers up the cliffs. The remains of the walkway can still be seen. The path back to Douglas follows the line of the old Marine Tramway. This was a dramatic route cut out along the cliffside with with girder bridges across gullies.
• Two other popular railway rambles are the walk from Santon Station along the cliffs to Santon Head and the walk from Glen Mona past Cashtal yn Ard and the Quaker Burial Ground to Maughold Head and Ramsey