Put your best foot forward and experience the beautiful Isle of Man on foot. Whether you are a keen rambler or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll you’ll find a range of footpaths to suit your walking desires.
Walk a landscape once known to the Celts and Vikings and learn more about the Island’s heritage and nature while appreciating the Island’s ever changing landscape of austere moorland, lush valleys, wooded glens, sandy beaches and rugged coastline.
Walking trails are Island wide and range from those that take just a few hours to complete, to more challenging trails that can be split into sections including the 100 mile Raad Ny Foillan – Road of the Gull – which weaves its way around the Island’s coastline.
The Isle of Man also hosts the acclaimed Isle of Man Walking Festival which takes place in May. Choose from a packed programme of guided walks – all of which are graded to suit differing levels of ability.
Walking trails are well signposted and vary in levels of difficulty. If you’re looking for something sedate try the 10.5 mile Heritage Trail from Douglas to Peel which runs along the disused Steam Railway lines.
For more of a challenge try the Bayr ny Skeddan - The Herring Road - which travels between Castletown and Peel and is based on a route once used by Manx fishermen, or the Millennium Way which is a 28 mile footpath which leads from Ramsey in the north to Castletown in the south.
The Isle of Man Walking Festival runs between Sunday, May 12 and Friday, May 17 and offers five days of guided walks for walkers of all levels of ability.
Full festival packages including travel, accommodation, on Island transport, walks and social events are available from Isle of Man Event Services. Alternatively you can make your own travel and accommodation arrangements and just pay for individual walks on a pay and go basis.
|Ballasalla & Silverdale Glen||A short but rewarding walk which takes you through pretty Silverdale Glen and into the historic heart of Ballasalla Village, along the banks of the Silverburn River.||2.5 - 4 miles|
|Glen Maye & Peel||Just a couple of minutes into this walk is a great photo-opportunity: the spectacular waterfall at the head of Glen Maye.||4 - 7 miles|
|Laxey, Agneash & King Orry’s Grave||No trip to the Isle of Man is complete without a visit to the Great Laxey Wheel: this walk takes you not only to the foot of ‘Lady Isabella’.||4 miles|
|Glen Mooar & Glen Wyllin||This gentle walk in the north-west allows you to cover varied terrain: sandy beaches, glen and a section of the former Steam Railway line from Peel to Ramsey.||1.5 - 3 miles|
|Bradda Head, Milners Tower & Fleshwick||Exploring this winding coastal path to the summit of Bradda Head introduces you to some of the finest views the Isle of Man has to offer.||1.5 - 3.5 miles|
|Marine Drive, Keristal & Fairy Bridge||The initial climb from Douglas Harbour to the headland is well worth it for the fantastic views over the bay and into the hills.||6 miles|
|Dhoon Glen||The Dhoon is one of the Island’s most dramatic glens, nestling in a steep-sided valley which leads down to the shore.||1 mile|
Download the complete Walking Guide, containing 7 self-guided walks - each shown with instructions and a handy map.