Today I am traveling to Isle of Man, a peaceful island in the Irish Sea that is not visited by many tourists these days. Isle of Man is a heaven for nature lovers and is known for its rugged coastline, medieval castles and rural landscapes. If you’re wondering what to do on Isle of Man, this Isle of Man Bucket List should give you plenty of inspiration for your holiday.

This Isle of Man bucket list is a comprehensive list of the wonderful places you should visit and the amazing things you should do on Isle of Man. During my trip, I will try to mark the things that I have done. Make sure to save this list for your trip to Isle of Man!

Welcome to the Isle of Man Bucket List!

Nature

– Spot tailless Manx cats

✓ Chase Glen Maye waterfall

✓ Watch seals with a scone in Sound cafe in Calf of Man

– Head to the south and southwest shores to spot basking sharks and dolphins

– Discover the Spooyt Vane waterfall, found in the depths of Glen Moar.

– Climb to the highest point of the island: Sneafell (2,037 feet above sea level)

✓ Watch the sunset from the Peel Promenade

✓ Walk over the shell beach: Fenella Beach

– Visit the Old Fairy Bridge and leave behind a gift and message for the island’s fay folk

– Relax a day at Laxey beach

– Enjoy the sunset at Port Erin Beach

Photo by James Qualtrough on Unsplash = Everyone should enjoy at least one Port Erin sunset in their life.

✓ Go hiking one of the mainy self-guided walks

✓ Visit Niarbyl Bay beach

✓ Explore the horseshoe-shaped bay of Castletown

– Enjoy the stunning views of the coast and nearby rugged cliffs at Kirk Michael Beach

✓ Go for a stroll at Ramsey beach

– Spot Manx Loaghtan, a breed of sheep which is known for sometimes having four or six horns

– Walk out to the tower of Refuge at Douglas

– Visit the secluded cove on the south-eastern coast: Derbyhaven beach

– Explore one of the most picturesque Glens on the island: Garwick Beach

Photo by James Qualtrough on Unsplash

Culture

– Head ‘Down South’ to Castletown and visit one of the best preserved medieval castles in the world: Castle Rushen

✓ Explore Peel castle

– Visit the Manx Museum in Douglas (free)

– Explore the Island’s rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past at the House of Manannan

– Watch a show at the Gaiety Theatre

– See the world’s oldest continuously running parliament

– Visit Cregneash, a living illustration of a farming and crofting community in the 19th and early 20th century and see plough horses, Loghtan sheep, shorthorn cows, pigs and Manx cats

– Visit Isle of Man’s most impressive ancient monuments: Balladoole Historic Monument Site

✓ Hike to Corrin’s Tower and overlook the city of Peel

– Hike to Bradda Glen and Milner’s Tower

Photo by James Qualtrough on Unsplash = Looking over Milner’s Tower, Bradda to Port Erin and the Calf of Man.

Food and drinks

– Try the national dish of the island: spuds and herrin (boiled potatoes and herring)

✓ Try the ubiquitous chips, cheese and gravy that consists of thick cut chips, covered in shredded Manx Cheddar cheese and topped with a thick gravy

– Taste a local delicacy like Manx kippers (smoked herring) which are produced by the smokeries in Peel on the west coast of the island

✓ Try Manx cheese that took bronze medals in the 2005 British Cheese Awards

– Have an evening meal in The Little Fish Café on the North Quay

– Go to Davison’s Ice Cream Parlour at the Peel promenade and eat the best Ice Cream you can buy on the Isle of Man

– Try Fynoderee Manx Dry Gin. The Fynoderee Distillery is based on the Isle of Man.

✓ Try a local Okells ale in a pub

– Drink in the Island’s cheapest Pub

– Enjoy afternoon tea and panoramic views of Port St Mary Bay at Aaron House Vintage Tearooms

✓ Enjoy the Sunday roast at Close Leece Farm Shop & Café

– Have breakfast or lunch at Noa Bakehouse (Douglas)

✓ Enjoy top quality food and wine at Wine Down (Douglas)

✓ Try fish from the mobile Fish Bar at the end of the promenade (Peel)

– Tour Moore’s Traditional Curers in Peel and learn about traditional Manx kippers

– Taste the very best of local produce at the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival

– Visit St Johns Farmers’ Market (each Thursday)

– Explore the Onchan Farmers’ Market (each first and third Friday each month)

– Visit the Douglas Farmers’ Market (each second Saturday April-November)

✓ Shop at the Ramsey Farmers’ Market (every Saturday)

Photo by James Qualtrough on Unsplash

Activities

– See the Isle of Man TT, a major annual cross-country motorcycle race around the island

✓ Go shopping in Tynwald Mills

– Go sea fishing

– Go fly fishing

✓ Visit the largest working waterwheel in the world: Laxer wheel

✓ Ride the horse tram in Douglas

– Take the ‘Hogwarts Express’ (Isle of Man Steam Railway train) from Douglas to Port Erin

✓ Ride the Manx electric tram from Douglas promenade, along the island’s scenic east coast to Laxey and Ramsey

– Ride a horse at the Ballahimmin Riding and Pony Trekking Centre

Photo by Matt Lee on Unsplash

– Spend the day at Onchan Park and enjoy go-karts, a race track, mini golf, tennis, bowls facilities, and much more

✓ Visit Mooragh Park and enjoy canoeing, paddling, bowling, or crazy golf

– Go on a snorkel safari or diving in Port St Mary

– Pay a visit to the Home Of Rest For Old Horses and see the retired tram horses

✓ Do some star gazing at Port Soderick or The Sound

✓ Walk along Douglas Promenade

– Walk from Douglas to Groudle Glen

– Go Gorge Scrambling

– Go mountain biking in South Barrule Forest

– Go off-road on a quad bike tour in South Barrule forest

– Go kayaking

Have you already visited Isle of Man? Did you like it? Do you know any other amazing things that should be added to this list?

Author: Daphne

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