Hills, Forests and Glens
The Forestry, Amenity and Lands Directorate manages 19,000 Acres (7,700 Ha) of hill lands. These are located in two main blocks, the northern hills surround Snaefell (2,036 feet) and extend as far south as Greeba Mountain which overlooks the Central Valley, and the southern block which runs through Glen Rushen to South Barrule and the coastal hills of Cronk-ny-Arrey Laa and Surby.
All of this hill land is open to public ramblage on foot and is marked as such on the Isle of Man Public Rights of Way and Outdoor Leisure Map obtainable from local bookshops. Please also see Recreational Use. The uplands are managed for hill-sheep grazing, to encourage the small population of red grouse and to conserve the valuable wildlife habitats and outstanding natural beauty which they provide.
Mountain hares are seen on the northern hills and are a spectacular sight in winter when their coats turn white. Also often spotted are Hen Harrier and, nearer coastal areas, Chough.