Isle of Man Coast Path - Self-Guided
Raad ny Foillan (The Way of the Gull) is a 95-mile (153 Km) path around the coastline of the Isle of Man (IOM). Simple in its outline you walk clockwise round the island with the sea always on your left side.
The island sits in the Irish Sea surrounded by the British Isles and when you land everything seems familiar but look closer and you will discover a unique place. It is a self-governing Crown Dependency and not part of the EU. It issues its own currency (but thankfully this is interchangeable with Stirling) and stamps, there are red telephone boxes that work – which is handy as your mobile thinks it’s abroad and they have very sensible laws about the brewing of beer. There is also a strong presence of the Celtic and Viking cultures.
The Way off the Gull passes a variety of landscapes from dramatic cliffs, high hills, quiet coves, extensive beaches and coastal towns. For those interested in flora and fauna there is much to see as well as the opportunity to visit extensive historical remains. There are other interests on the island namely a whole variety of Victorian horse-drawn trams, electric and steam trains and a mountain railway. As well as adding to the quirky nature of the place these can be used to add a different element to your walk.
You can fly to the island or travel across to the Isle of Man on the ferry.
What better way to complete the Isle of Man Coast Path than by walking the trail at your own pace with this self-guided trip.
Day 1 - Arrival
Day 2 - Douglas to Ballasalla - 12.5 m (20km)
Day 3 - Ballasalla to Port St Mary - 8 miles (12.8km)
Day 4 - Port St Mary to Fleshwick Bay - 10 miles (16km)
Day 5 - Fleshwick Bay to Peel - 11.5 miles (18.4km)
Day 6 - Peel to Sartfield - 14 miles (22.5km)
Day 7 - Sartfield to Bride - 9.5 miles (15.2km)
Day 8 - Bride to Ballajora - 11 miles (17.3km)
Day 9 - Ballajora to Laxey - 8 miles (12.8km)
Day 10 - Laxey to Douglas - 9.5 miles (15.2km)
Day 11 - Departure day
Sorry you can’t start this holiday in between the following dates (due to the TT races and Manx Grand Prix)
23rd May – 19th June 2020 - Isle of Man TT
15th August – 13th September 2020 - Manx Grand Prix
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
(A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Route map and instructions specific to your trip, including emergency telephone numbers.
(C) Luggage transfers between accommodation.
(D) Welcome pack sent in the post.
(E) Transfers as mentioned in itinerary.
(F) 24 hour emergency back-up phone service.
WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES
(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers
(B) Personal clothing and equipment.
(D) Lunch and Evening meals.
(E) Single room option (if required, see single supplement).
(F) Pick up and drop off at airport and ferry terminal.
The Shepherds Walks Representative will :
A) Meet you on your first evening / morning at your accommodation.
B) Provide you with maps and talk you through the route for the trip.
C) Provide you with information relating to events in the area during your time there.
D) Arrange the transportation of your luggage.
E) Be available should you have any problems during your trip
F) Meet you on departure day to provide transfers as necessary to your car / station if specified in your booking or itinerary.
We are here to offer you the best holiday you could ever imagine and we aim to do this through the personal service that we offer.
Make your holiday run smoothly – We are here for you. Our sole objective is for us to help you. We are here at any stage of your holiday and even in the planning stages. We tailor things to your requirements, not those of the masses.
We don’t cut corners - We want to see you again and want you to speak highly of Shepherds Walks Holidays. This is why we are literally willing to go that extra mile. The information you receive at every stage will be clear and leave you asking no questions.
We have personally walked all the trips we offer - We know exactly what you are going to embark on and can advise you on any aspects of your holiday over and well above what many of our competitors can.
Press choose to walk with us – Shepherds Walks Holidays are asked to deliver a very high percentage of the trips for journalists in the region. When the Tourist Boards are approached by a journalist wanting to visit the area who do they ask to provide their holiday or take them out walking? Shepherds Walks.
We have had press trips on all our routes and the articles speak for themselves.
Protected Holiday - All our holidays are protected through the operation of a Trust Account.
We are close at hand if you need us – We are a local business and if you need us at any time during your holiday just ask. If you are on a self guided trip we often will catch up with you, even over a drink one evening, just to make sure everything is going well. It’s better to iron out any little problems during your holiday, rather than hearing about them when you are back at home.
We enjoy great relationships with your accommodation providers and they will help us to help you
As we are literally on the doorstep we know the best places to stay. Often we will have block booked the best accommodation the previous year. We want our customers to stay in the best possible accommodation. As we know the proprietors personally and we liaise with them regularly they will go that extra mile to help us to help you whilst out on your route.
That is why Shepherds Walks has won awards and has helped people relax and totally enjoy their visit to this wonderful part of the country. We are willing to go that extra mile!