Ballaugh to Laxey
The walk from Ballaugh on the north west coast to Laxey in the east measures a coastal distance of approximately 31 miles and passes through the coastal town of Ramsey.
|Ballaugh Cronk||WP1: SC 336 960|
|The Lhen||WP2: NX 378 016|
|Blue Point||WP3: NX 393 025|
|Rue Point||WP4: NX 407 033|
|Ballaghennie||WP5: NX 435 038|
|Point of Ayre||WP6: NX 467 048|
|The Dog Mills||WP7: SC 453 978|
|Port Lewaigue||WP8: SC 470 930|
|Maughold Head||WP9: SC 498 914|
|Port Cornaa||WP10: SC 472 879|
|Dhoon Glen||WP11: SC 454 864|
|Laxey Harbour||WP12: SC 442 838|
The waypoints supplied above are for information only and should not be used for navigation purposes without consulting the relevant maps.
The maps supplied (see downloadable documents) are intended as a visual guide only and not as a navigational aid. OS 25,000 Isle of Man official guide maps are also supplied as a downloadable file.
The Ayres coast supports nesting colonies of little and arctic tern on the beaches and mixed feeding flocks of terns and gannets offshore. Fulmar, cormorant, shag, kittiwake, guillemot, black guillemot, razorbill and puffin all breed at Maughold Head.
Seals use the rocks and beaches at Port Mooar and Maughold to rest, breed and give birth. They are more sensitive to disturbance between September and November during their breeding season, especially when they have young.
Every summer, from May until September the Isle of Man is a hotspot for basking sharks. Keep a look out for basking sharks all around the Island. You may see their huge dorsal fin but they often swim just below the surface too. If one is visible, others may be close by.
Porpoises, dolphins and whales
Porpoises are often seen off the coast between Jurby and the Ayres. The animals are more sensitive to disturbance in the summer months when they have young. Risso’s dolphins and bottlenose dolphins are occasionally seen in Manx waters, sometimes in large groups.
Minke whales are spotted along the east coast in autumn and the west coast in summer. They grow up to 10m in length and occasionally jump clear of the water, so keep your distance. Other species of whales and dolphins are also seen around the Manx coast.