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Niarbyl to Ballaugh

The walk from Niarbyl on the south west coast to Ballaugh in the north west measures a coastal distance of approximately 17 miles and passes through the coastal town of Peel.

Niarbyl Visitor Centre WP1: SC 213 777
Glen Maye WP2: SC 225 799
Contrary Head WP3: SC 229 827
Peel Harbour WP4: SC 242 843
Glen Mooar WP5: SC 304 893
Glen Wyllin WP6: SC 310 906
Orrisdale WP7: SC 318 929
Ballaugh Cronk WP8: SC 336 960

Waypoint markers

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.

Marine wildlife

Sea birds

The Peel Hill cliffs have important nesting colonies of fulmar, kittiwake, razorbill, guillemot, black guillemot and puffin; whilst significant numbers of eider duck often forage. A cormorant breeding colony is found along this stretch of coast and curlew and oystercatcher have seasonal roosts.


Seals are commonly seen in Peel Bay and the harbour. They are more sensitive to disturbance between September and November during their breeding season, especially when they have young. Places where seals haul out onto rocks are important all year round. The Calf & Kitterland area is an important site where seals gather in large groups.

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 and bottlenose dolphins are occasionally sighted in Manx waters, sometimes in large groups.

Minke whales are sighted along the west coast in summer and the east coast in the autumn. 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 Manx coast.

Safe bathing and no wake zones/harbour areas

Peel Bay and Harbour

No Wake/Harbour Area: The No Wake Zone is bound by a line from the outer end of the breakwater and the outer end of the groyne.

Jet skis and other fast craft may use this area for launching and access as necessary, and must proceed at a safe and reasonable speed. As a guide, this should produce no appreciable wake behind the vessel.

Safe Bathing Area: The Safe Bathing Area is enclosed by the line of the groyne and a line joining the end of the groyne to the northern end of the Promenade.

Jet skis and other fast craft are not permitted within this area. This area is for bathing only.

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