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New trail and treasure hunt for 2018 Year of Our Island

Thursday, 29 March 2018

With the arrival of spring the ‘2018 Year of Our Island’ team has launched two new activities to help residents and visitors make the most of the longer, warmer days to explore more of the Isle of Man.

A new ‘2018 Explore More Trail’ has been created from 12 routes that will take people across the Island – from beautiful beaches to tranquil glens and forests.

The trails range between one and four miles each and there is a specially designed booklet to accompany them.  It contains maps for all 12 routes, along with activities for children and fun and interesting facts – from a scavenger hunt 

2018 Year of our Island

to information about camouflaged birds eggs laid near the shingle at the Ayres Nature National ReserveCopies of the booklet are available online, from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal in Douglas, and at other high footfall areas around the Island.

IOM Rocks – the increasingly popular social media craze of painting and hiding rocks around the Island has also partnered with ‘2018 Year of Our Island.' 

‘Our Island Rocks!’ is a treasure hunt which will take residents and visitors around the Island’s glens, forests and footpaths, giving them the chance to win a ‘2018 Year of Our Island’ themed prize.  Information is available through Facebook (@iomrocks @ourisland2018) and the Welcome Centre.

During the Easter holidays guided walks are on offer, enabling people to get started with some of the fascinating natural and historical landmarks of the Isle of Man and take in the Island’s diverse landscape.

The guided walks and activities are designed to suit all abilities and cover a wide range of interests and a variety of locations across the Island. 

There are both free and charged walks, but places are limited meaning booking is essential.  Details of the guided walks are available on the ‘2018 Year of Our Island’ Facebook page with more information available on 687007 or

Running on from these guided walks, Manx National Heritage will be hosting a week of wildlife walks and activities.

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