Best of the Isle of Man Guided Trail

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 3
from £899pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

Enjoy cliff top walking, quaint seaside villages, high peaks and sandy beaches following the best of the Raad ny Foillan or Way of the Gull. Enjoy spectacular sections including Port St Mary to Port Erin. Visit Castletown and Peel and enjoy dramatic cliff coastal scenery.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk the best sections of The Raad ny Foillan or Way of the Gull Trail
  • Ride the historic tram along the coast from Douglas to Laxey
  • Visit Castletown - old capital of The Isle of Man - and Port Erin's picturesque bay
  • Dramatic coastal scenery and quaint seaside villages

What’s included

  • Full board en-suite accommodation 
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • For 2022 we're offering a with-flight package, including flights from London Gatwick
  • Regional flights are available on request

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

45½ miles over 5 days with a maximum daily ascent of 2,500 feet, mostly on rugged, undulating coastal paths. You can expect to be walking for 6-7 hours a day.

Check in at The Ascot Hotel is available from 1500 hours. Your leader will be at reception at 18:30 to meet the group and for a quick introduction to the holiday before dinner.

The first part of the walk is a delightful descent through Glen Mona to Port Cornaa. Our second point of interest is the Ballafayle Cairn and a Quaker Burial ground. This section, and down to Port Mooar, is on a narrow minor road with delightful displays of flowers at most times of the year. You now head for Maughold Head and its associated church, where it's well worth stopping to look at the historically important Celtic crosses. The headland and onward path to Ramsey provide coastal scenery, giving you views over to the Lake District and Scotland on a clear day. At Ramsey you'll have time to explore, before taking the tram back to Douglas. 10 miles (16km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.

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.

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.

Today no walks are organised allowing you to explore on your own. However there is an option to walk or take the mountain railway to the top of Snaefell.

From Fleshwick Bay we will have a couple of significant climbs today but the dramatic coastal cliff scenery should make it worth every step. Cronk ny Arrey Laa with its prehistoric burial mound on top, and Millennium Cross is the highest point on the Raad ny Foillan at 1,434 feet above sea level. We are heading for Niarbyl Bay with its pretty thatched cottage used in various film sets, and its welcoming café. 7½ miles (11.5 km) with 2,500 feet (750m) of ascent and descent.

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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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

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

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Essential Information

If you have a National Trust and/or English Heritage card it is advised that you bring it, as this will give you discounts at some of the many historic or natural sights.

Essential Information

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment need to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Waterproof walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast-drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for a hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

Single room: From £199 (complete holiday)

Important Information

Did you book to share?

If so, you will be allocated a same-gender twin sharing room. Please note that if (at ten weeks prior to the start of the holiday) a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room will be allocated to you with the resulting single room supplement applicable. Any additional charge for the single supplement will be confirmed at the point of final payment. Bookings are accepted on this understanding.

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