Top 10 ways to enjoy Summer in the Isle of Man
The Isle of Man is beautiful in any season but Summer is a particularly special time to enjoy it. Our top 10 list will give you the inspiration you need to enjoy Summer, Isle of Man style!
10. Enjoy a forest adventure
Two of the Island’s newest attractions offer fantastic forest fun; Isle of Man Segway Tours and Ape Mann Adventure Park give you the opportunity to get in touch with your inner tarzan no matter how old you are.
9. Have a picnic in the hills
It’s not hard to get away from it all in the Isle of Man – for an Island we have so much space – it’s a matter of minutes before you find somewhere out of town to enjoy a picnic in the hills. If you don’t fancy making it yourself, Patchwork Café in Port St Mary will put together home-baked goodies along with a Manx tartan rug and wicker hamper to enjoy your picnic in true Manx style.
8. Go kayaking
The Island is a true adventure playground for the lovers of the great outdoors. Kayaking is one of the most popular Summer activities – take a sunset paddle or sleep under the stars on an expedition – kayaking is as relaxing or demanding as you choose! Plus if you’re lucky you could be joined on your adventure by dolphins, basking sharks and seals.
7. Climb Snaefell
Snaefell is the Island’s only mountain at 2,036 ft above sea level. On a good day, the views from the top are just reward for the climb – and for those who prefer the easy option – an electric tram will take you from Laxey all the way to the top.
6. Find a secret beach to watch the sunset
The sunsets on the West coast of the Island are spectacular during the Summer months – choose a calm evening and some good company and watch the sun go down in style.
5. Take part in the tin bath race
The World Tin Bath Championships are run annually in Castletown and attract hundreds of competitors and spectators each year. Taking place this year on Saturday 16th August, this crazy event sees brave participants – from both home and abroad – take to the water in tin baths to race against each other to victory!
4. Go to Peel for an ice-cream
It’s what all the locals do – even when it’s raining. An ice-cream on Peel promenade is what a Manx Summer is made for.
3. Walk the coastal path
The Raad-ny-Foillan or The Way of the Gull is a 95 mile walk around the coast of the Island – can be broken down into sections for those who prefer something a bit more leisurely. The section running from Port St Mary to the Sound is dramatic, running close to the cliffs past The Chasms, Sugarloaf Rock and Spanish Head. Meanwhile the section from Glen Maye to Peel is a great place to spot basking sharks and other marine wildlife.
2. Take a boat ride to the Calf of Man
This uninhabited Island can be accessed from Port Erin or Port St Mary on a boat ride lasting about 20 minutes. Once there, you can while away the day watching the seals, bird-watching or just take in the views.
1. Watch the basking sharks
The Isle of Man is renowned for its abundance of these enormous creatures during the Summer months. You can spot basking sharks around the West coast in particular – no need to hire a boat, their fins are so big they can be spotted from the coast on a calm day.