Port Erin is situated on the south west side of the island, and has the magnificent Bradda Head as an outstanding natural feature. For the energetic who enjoy walking, the neighbouring village of Port St Mary is an easy 20 minutes walk – also within reasonable walking distance is the working 19th century crofters village of Cregneash (generally summer months only). From Cregneash, it is only a short distance to “the Sound”, the southernmost end of the island, where a natural history café/restaurant is situated, and visitors can enjoy wonderful views of the Calf of Man (a small island just off the south coast of the Isle of Man which is a protected area), together with the hosts of lounging sea lions – and very inquisitive they are too!
The Calf of Man can be visited very easily by taking a short coastal boat trip from Port Erin. As a protected nature reserve, the Calf is well worth a visit, but please remember that there are no facilities there, and if you work up an appetite undertaking the wonderful walks available, make sure you’ve got a packed lunch with you!
Moving northwards, Castletown (the original capital of the Isle of Man) is about 5 miles away. If you don’t want to walk, try taking the train – and don’t mix this train up with the type you might be used to in the UK! Narrow gauge and Victorian, this is really an experience not to be missed! Castletown itself boasts a magnificent castle, and regular re-enactments of ancient parliament meetings are worth taking in.
Further north you will find Douglas, Laxey and Ramsey, and to the west the village of Peel – if you want more information on these places, please ask us, or visit the Isle of Man Tourism website–www.visitisleofman.com
Some places to visit -
- Bradda Head - An outstanding natural feature
- Calf of Man - A small island just off the south coast of the Isle of Man which is a protected nature reserve
- Castletown - The original capital of the Isle of Man - magnificent castle, and regular re-enactments of ancient parliament meetings
- Peel - A charming fishing village