Best of the Isle of Man Guided Trail

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided walking
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,149pp

Almost equidistant between England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, the Isle of Man is a UNESCO Biosphere Region of fascinating history and phenomenal coast and countryside. Walk the best of the Raad ny Foillan (Way of the Gull) trail, where highlights include spending time in Castletown, visiting charming Peel, and discovering the island's Viking and Celtic past.

What you’ll love

  • Walking the best sections of the Raad ny Foillan (Way of the Gull) Trail 
  • Riding the historic tram along the coast from Douglas to Laxey 
  • Exploring the small winding streets of Castletown  
  • Discovering heritage sites and ancient monuments 
  • Relaxing on the soft golden sands of Port Erin Beach 
  • Admiring dramatic coastal and countryside scenery 

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite rooms in our partner accommodation(s) 
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning 
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee  
  • Guided walks with an experienced HF Holidays Leader 
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary 
  • Return flights from London Heathrow including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Check in at The Ascot Hotel is available from 15:00 hours. Your leader will be at reception at 18:30 to meet the group and for a quick introduction to the holiday before dinner.


Our day starts with a journey on the Manx Electric Railway, travelling from Douglas to Ballaglass Glen just under an hour away. Our first stop is the Ballafayle Cairn and a Quaker burial ground. This section, and down to Port Mooar, is on a narrow minor road with flower displays for most of the year. We then head to Maughold Head and its associated church, where it's well worth stopping to look at the historic Celtic crosses. The headland and onward path to Ramsey provides coastal scenery, promising views over to the Lake District and Scotland on a clear day. We'll have time to explore at Ramsey before taking the tram back to Douglas.

8 miles (12.5km) with 900 feet (275m) of ascent

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This section of the coast path skirts around coves and follows beaches, to end at Castletown, the old capital of the Isle of Man, with winding narrow streets, medieval castle and harbour. Taking in Santon Head, Port Soldrick and passing the airport, we head to Derby Haven, once the island's chief fishing port, before we explore the peninsula of Langness and St Michael’s island; a small grassy appendage with Derby Fort and ruins of St Michael’s chapel. 

10½ miles (16.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent

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We leave Port St Mary with its pretty harbour and climb through patchwork pastureland with great views ahead and behind. We pass The Anvil and Sugar Loaf and The Chasms with breathtaking scenery unfolding as we head towards the Calf of Man and Spanish Head, the most southerly point on the Raad ny Foillan. Dropping down into Calf Sound, where if we're lucky we might see some seals, we continue on the undulating coastal path with views of Braddha Head and Port Erin. Port Erin had its heyday in Victorian times and has a picturesque bay and refreshments and shops. 

8 miles (13km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent

Brada head, Port Erin, Calf of Mann - Isle of Man


Today no walks are organised, allowing you to explore on your own. You may wish to walk or take the mountain railway to the top of Snaefell, visit the Great Laxey Wheel, discover the island’s Viking and Celtic past at the Manx Museum, or perhaps explore medieval Castle Rushen.


Departing from Fleshwick Bay, we will have a couple of significant climbs today, but the dramatic clifftop coastal scenery is worth every step. We’ll also visit Cronk ny Arrey Laa with its prehistoric burial mound and Millennium Cross – the highest point on the Raad ny Foillan at 1,434 feet above sea level. Our destination is Niarbyl Bay where we’ll be rewarded with scenes of charming thatched cottages clinging to the hillsides, fantastic views over the Irish Sea, and abundance of wildlife.

7½ miles (11.5 km) with 2,500 feet (750m) of ascent and descent

Panoramic view from Cronk ny Arrey Laa - Isle of Man


We start our walk with a visit to St John's Church and Tynwald Hill, where we find out about their significance in the governance of the island. The walk takes a pleasant rising traverse around the southern flank of Slieau Whallian, through pleasant pastureland down to the pretty village of Glen Maye. The descent through Glen Maye is like walking through the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Its beautiful sheltered, fern-filled woodland include some relics of the ancient forests that once covered the island. The walk along the cliffs is followed by a spectacular descent into Peel, where we end our week. Here we should have time to explore the castle and parts of the town, as well as taking the opportunity to buy some of the famous Manx kippers as an edible souvenir of your holiday. 

9 miles (14.5km) with 1170 feet (356m) of ascent and descent

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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


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Ascot Hotel, Douglas - Best of Isle of Man

The Ascot Hotel is a warm, friendly and contemporary hotel which enjoys a fantastic location just 100 yards off Douglas Sea Front and Promenade. All hotel rooms are en-suite with overhead shower, tea and coffee tray, remote control Flat Screen TV, Wi-Fi, iron and ironing board, in-room safes and hairdryer. A free tea and coffee machine for all guests can be found in the restaurant. Check-in is available from 3pm

Food & drink

Your stay is full-board. This includes daily breakfasts, packed lunch options, and evening meals. Vegetarian choices and dietary requirements can be catered for (please give advance notice when booking).

Packed lunches

Our packed lunches will be too much food for some and not enough for others; if you feel you might need more food during the walk, please bring a supply of snacks to supplement this – it won’t always be possible to buy these on the route. Your packed lunches will include: a bread sandwich or roll with a choice of filling; some fresh fruit; fruit cake/flapjack or similar, crisps and/or biscuits. For those of you tackling a level 4 or above holiday, we would highly recommend bringing some trail mix or something similar to ensure you've some fuel in reserve should you need it.

Dietary requirements

Our partner hotels can cater for most dietary requirements, but it is important you advise us of any allergies and dietary restrictions you have at the time of booking.

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Getting to Ascot Hotel, Douglas - Best of Isle of Man

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Essential information

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised prices listed below show the lowest economy flight price option for that departure. On holidays where we offer local UK airports, details will appear in the “Important Information” section below and available alternative flight options will be offered when you book. Seating upgrades may be available on request and at an additional charge, please call 020 3974 8865 for a quote.

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2024

29 Jun - 06 Jul 2024

7 nights

Guided Trail
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£1,379

Double from

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£1,379 pp

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£1,379

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07 Sep - 14 Sep 2024

7 nights

Guided Trail
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£1,379

Double from

£1,379 pp

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£1,379 pp

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£1,379

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Date (Start - End) Itinerary Double / Twin Room Single Room Notes / Offers Trip Notes Book
2024

29 Jun - 06 Jul 2024

7 nights

Guided Trail

Single from

£1,149

Double from

£1,149 pp

from

£1,149 pp

from

£1,149

Trip Notes
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07 Sep - 14 Sep 2024

7 nights

Guided Trail

Single from

£1,149

Double from

£1,149 pp

from

£1,149 pp

from

£1,149

Trip Notes
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Important information

  • With flights holidays: Price includes return flights from London Heathrow Airport, hold baggage and airport transfers
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided walking
Walking Grade:
3

7 nights from £1,149pp

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