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About Us

Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
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High Point: 621 metres
Population: 84,300
Size: 57,200 ha
Wild Factor: 6 out of 10

Visit the Isle of Man TheIsle of Man benefits from a mild climate and boasts more than one hundred and sixty  kilometres of beautiful coastline, with sweeping sandy beaches and steep rugged cliffs. Inland most of the island is undulating, with a mix of moorland, woodland and heath, rolling uplands and narrow glens with spectacular waterfalls. Snaefell, the high point of the island, reaches 621 metres. As a Crown Dependency it has its own parliament, Tynwald, which is the oldest continuous parliament in the world. It has many unique features including the Manx language, Manx cats (a rare breed of tailless cat that originated on the island) and its own currency called the Manx pound (Sterling is also accepted). There is plenty on offer to tourists, outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers and many fascinating points of interest, including its capital, Douglas. For many it is known as the motorcycle capital of the world because of its famous TT motorcycle race.

Where is the Isle of Man In the Irish Sea, midway between England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland

How to get to the Isle Man Douglas is easily accessible by ferry from Liverpool, Heysham, Dublin and Belfast; there are great air links with many major UK airports. www.steam-packet.com

Getting around the Isle of Man It’s easy to get around the Isle of Man by car, taxi, the extensive bus network  or aboard the Victorian rail network. The best way to do the most sightseeing on the Isle of Man is to purchase a Go Explore card for travel on scheduled services of the Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, Douglas Horse Trams and buses (purchase from Douglas Sea Terminal,  airport information desk, and main stations)

Best time to visit the Isle of Man it’s a fabulous island any time of the year

Food and drink on the Isle of Man there is quite literally everything here from street food to high-end dining but you have to try the Isle of Man’s National Dish  – check it out here

Best things to do on the Isle of Man – click on any of the following for the highlights:

Islands nearby:

Piel Island – more info here

Walney Island – more info here

Chapel Island – more info here

Islands of the Isle of Man

Visit or spot the fascinating islands of the Isle of Man

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What Food to Try on the Isle of Man

Try the Isle of Man's traditional dishes and the best local food

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Join a Debate in the Old House of Keys

Debate the hot topics of the day in the Old House of Keys or watch the ceremonies of Tynwald Day

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Whale Watching Isle of Man

Discover the best places to watch whales in the Isle of Man

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Where to Star Gaze on the Isle of Man

Spot the Northern Lights from the Isle of Man

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Enjoy Peel Beach Isle of Man

Eat crab sandwiches and taste great ice cream on popular beach in Isle of Man

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Go to the World Tin Bath Championships

See one of the more unusual events on the Isle of Man

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Watch the World's Best Motorbike Race

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Snaefell Mountain Railway

Ride the Isle of Man mountain railway to the island's highest peak - or walk it

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Spectacular Sunsets on a Visit to Port Erin

Visit the resort town of Port Erin and enjoy wild scenery and spectacular sunsets

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What to do in Douglas Isle of Man

Discover the best things to do in Douglas Isle of Man

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Visit one of the Isle of Man's Geological Wonders

Stand astride two tectonic plates on the Niarbyl Fault

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Ayres National National Nature Reserve

Watch wildlife in this fabulous National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Man

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Best Glens and Waterfalls of the Isle of Man

Visit the best glens and waterfalls of the Isle of Man

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Isle of Man Parish Walk

Walk all seventeen of the Isle of Man parishes

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Walk the Isle of Man Coast Path

Walk around a whole nation

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Whales and dolphins

The Isle of Man is a hotspot for whale watching, dolphin watching and spotting basking sharks

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54.214210, -4.531721

About Us

Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
Learn More

Join our Islandeering community

We have a lot of fun here, as we continuously find new islands and meet plenty of great folks along the way. Join our community to get new routes and adventures, latest blogs and news by using the email box below. Tune in also to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see where we are going next.
Distance: 144 km
Difficulty: Moderate
Method: Road cycling
Wow Factor: 9 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Irish Sea
  • Size: 57,200 ha
  • Terrain: Road
  • Access: Ferry/flight
  • Height gain: 2568 metres
  • Map: OS Landranger 95
  • Starting point: Isle of Man Sea Terminal, Douglas
  • Accommodation/food:

    Full range of accommodation and food available throughout

  • Island Summary:

    The Isle of Man is a ‘crown dependency’, similar to Jersey and Guernsey, with an independent administration. Its inhabitants are British citizens and the locals are known as ‘Manx’, until relatively recently they had their own language whilst Tynwald claims to be the oldest continuing parliament in the world.

    With varied and colourful countryside, spectacular coastal views and pretty valleys it is an excellent destination for cyclists of all abilities. The Isle of Man’s winding roads and lanes might be best known for the famous TT Races but they also make  for great road cycling. No wonder the island has produced two great modern-day cyclists, Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh.

    For inspiration on the best road and mountain bike routes, take a look at the graded trails detailed on the visit Isle of Man website.

    The route described on this page is the full circumnavigation of the island, using the quieter lanes where possible, on a road bike.

  • Look out for:
    • Basking shark and dolphin spotting
    • Above ocean ride along marine Drive
    • Discovering lost lanes
  • Route description:

    Starting from Douglas the route initially follows the rails of the Manx Electric Railway which connects Douglas, with Laxey in the east and Ramsey in the north. Acknowledged as the longest narrow gauge vintage electric railway system in the British Isles its original Victorian and Edwardian rolling stock are the oldest regularly operated tram cars in the world! Here, the route passes through the beautiful Manx countryside, glens and picturesque villages.

    From Ramsey the route explores the flat and remote Point of Ayre using the tranquil roads that meander through the gentle landscape of the northern plain. This is the spot for incredible seascapes. Turning south along the west coast the views are then dominated by the backdrop of the Manx hills.

    From historic Peel, with its impressive castle of Viking origin, the route climbs steeply towards the forests, moors and flanks of South Barrule. The optional descent to the Calf of Man is well worth it to observe the vibrant bird life and view the most southerly point of the island. Some lovely coastal cycling around the Bay ny Carrickey then follows before riding through the historic streets of Castletown.

    Then for our favourite stretch of the route, Marine Drive (between Soderick Glen and Douglas). This is a traffic-free bike way cut into the rocks above the waves and makes a fabulous vantage point to spot the marine life below with whales, dolphins and basking sharks often spotted. A fitting finale to an epic bike ride.

  • Getting there:

    By ship: The Steam Packet Company operates regular ferry services to the Island from Heysham, Liverpool, Birkenhead, Dublin and Belfast

    By air: the isle of man is well-connected to the mainland via a number of routes

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