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Gansey to Niarbyl

The walk from Gansey on the south coast to Niarbyl in the south west measures a coastal distance of approximately 17 miles and passes through the coastal towns of Port St Mary and Port Erin.

Waypoints
Gansey Point WP1: SC 215 681
Perwick Bay WP2: SC 207 671
Chasms WP3: SC 192 664
Spanish Head WP4: SC 182 659
The Sound WP5: SC 173 667
Port Erin Harbour WP6: SC 189 690
Bradda Head WP7: SC 185 698
Fleshwick Bay WP8: SC 201 713
Cronk Ny Arrey Laa WP9: SC 224 747
Niarbyl Visitor Centre WP10: SC 213 777

Waypoint markers

The waypoints supplied above are for information only and should not be used for navigation purposes without consulting the relevant maps.

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.

Marine wildlife

Sea birds

Important breeding densities of fulmar, shag, peregrine, kittiwake, gulls, guillemot, razorbill, chough and raven are found along the cliffs and rocky coast around the Chasms, Calf of Man, Bradda Head and Fleshwick and guillemots and razorbills form rafts on the sea. Gannets are frequently seen diving offshore for food between March and October.

Seals

Seals gather in large groups on rocks around the Calf and Kitterland 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.

Basking sharks

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 can be seen all year round and are more sensitive to disturbance in the summer months when they have young. Risso’s dolphins are sighted along the east coast in spring and the south coast in autumn, often in groups. Bottlenose dolphins are less common but groups of 200 individuals have been seen.

Minke whales are sighted along the east coast in autumn and along the west coast in summer. They grow up to 10 metres in length and occasionally jump clear of the water so keep your distance. Other species of whales and dolphins are also seen around the coast.

Safe bathing and no wake zones/harbour areas

Port Erin

No Wake/Harbour Area: The No Wake Zone is bounded by the line of the old breakwater to the Green Buoy, and a line from that buoy to the Yellow Buoy off the Raglan Pier to the end of the Harbour Slipway.

Safe Bathing Area: The Safe Bathing Area is shoreward of a line joining the Harbour Slip, the Yellow Buoy and the dome on Collinson House.

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