Best of the Isle of Man

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Flora
  • Hills & moorland
  • History


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From £859.00 - 7 nights


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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

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.

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy spectacular sections of The Raad ny Foillan or Way of the Gull including Port St Mary to Port Erin
  • Visit Castletown and Peel and enjoy dramatic cliff coastal scenery 
  • Optional trip up the highest mountain Snaefell either by foot or train

What's included

  • 7 nights’ full board en-suite accommodation 
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ trails leader
  • All transport on walking days


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 feature: en-suite with overhead shower, most with spa bath, writing desk and chair, hospitality tray, remote control Flat Screen TV, complimentary fast speed WIFI, iron & ironing board, in-room safes, hairdryer, free tea & coffee machine for all guests in the restaurant, free use of swimming pool, spa and gym facilities at a local gym situated a two minute walk away from the hotel.


Planned Itinerary

Maughold Head to Laxey

Today we take The Manx Electric Railway to Port Lewaigue. The coastline is outstanding as we walk above the sea cliffs to Maughold Head. On a clear day you can see the hills of Scotland and the Lake District. Stopping at Maughold Parish church with reminders of the island’s Celtic and Viking past, we can see a fantastic collection of 7th century Manx cross slabs. Views of Snaefell open up as footpaths and quiet country lanes lead us towards our destination of Laxey and home to the largest working water wheel and our train journey home. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,550 feet (460m) of ascent.

To ancient Castletown

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 islands chief fishing port before we explore the peninsula of Llangness with its rocks and caves and St Michael’s island; a small grassy appendage with Derby fort and ruins of St Michael’s chapel. 10.5 miles (16.5km) with 250 feet (70m) of ascent.

Port St Mary to Port Erin

We leave Port St Mary with it pretty harbour, once home to herring fishing boats 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 we continue on the undulating coastal path with views of Braddha Head and Port Erin in sight. Port Erin had its heyday in Victorian times as a holiday destination and has a picturesque bay and refreshments and shops. 8 miles (13km) with 650 feet of (200m) ascent.

Free day

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.

West Coast to Niarbyl

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 including Waking Ned and it has a welcome cafe. 7 miles (11 km) with 1,850 feet (550m) of ascent and descent.

Kirk Michael to Peel

From Kirk Michael we have a very different day but equally interesting and enjoyable. We follow the beach and an old railway line through cuttings and over bridges along part of the coast frequented by birds and butterflies. We have a little road walking, to reach Peel with its castle and harbour dominating the town and time to enjoy our final day here with some sightseeing. 8.5 miles (13.5km) with 700 feet (200m) of ascent.

 The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather, tides and other external factors.



By air

Flying is the quickest and, for many, the most convenient way to get here. Flights operate from airports all over the British Isles to the Isle of Man including British Airways, Citywings, Flybe and Easy Jet. Please check with individual flight operators for timetables, fares and bookings or contact the Isle of Man Airport with any enquiries. You can take the 9 mile journey by taxi or bus from the airport to The Ascot Hotel. Bus No 1 or No 2 stops 50 metres from the hotel at the Queens Promenade. Buses run approx every 20 mins and cost approximately £2.

All passengers aged 16 and over are required to provide photographic ID at the check-in desk and at the departure gate

By ferry

The Steam Packet Company operates ferry services to the Isle of Man from Heysham, Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast. Choose between the conventional ferry, the Ben-my-Chree, which operates all year from Birkenhead, Heysham, Dublin and Belfast or the fast craft, Manannan, which runs between March and November from Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast.

There is a taxi rank by the bus station at the ferry terminal



Leader to be announced

We don't have the information on the leader for this holiday at the moment. As soon as we do we will publish it here.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
21 Apr 2017 ZMLDW - Best of the Isle of Man 7 £859.00 Book Now
24 Jun 2017 ZMLDW - Best of the Isle of Man 7 £859.00 Book Now
15 Jul 2017 ZMLDW - Best of the Isle of Man 7 £859.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

  • Single room: £175 (complete holiday)
  • Non member associate fee: £10 per person

If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead.

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