Coastal Walking in the Isle of Man

The coast of the island varies hugely in character. Huge sea cliffs can be seen at Maughold in the NE, The Chasms in the south and much of the way from Port Erin in the SW to Peel.

Maughold Head

White Beach near Niarbyl

Lag ny Keeilley – a remote Keill on the west coast

The west coast below Eary Cushlin

The Chasms


Port Grenaugh

The Calf of Man and Chicken Rock lighthouse form the Chasms

The Sugarloaf at The Chasms

Bradda Head with The Calf in the distance.


In the north by contrast are the dunes and open skies of the Northern Plain with its complex ecosystem, superb bird watching, wild flowers, lizards and wallabies!

Point of Are lighthouse in a heat haze (these conditions are not guaranteed!)

Elsewhere are the walking is wonderful around Langness, Scarlett and Niarbyl each of which have fascinating geological features and at The Sound where Grey Seals will keep you entertained and the views to the Calf of Man are superb.



Carboniferous limestone at Scarlett – rich in fossils

An introduction to the geology of the Isle of Man can be found here:

The coastline it cut by a series of Glens – deeply incised stream valleys tumbling through waterfalls and broad leaf tress to secluded beaches. These offer short walk full of interest. Dhoon Glen and Glen Maye should not be missed.

Dhoon waterfall during torrential rain – it is always worth going out!


John Barker has lived on the Isle of Man for over thirty years and in that time has walked, cycled, run, climbed, dived, watched wildlife and studied the geology of this fantastic rock in the Irish Sea. A qualified Mountain Leader, Mountain Bike Leader and Blue Badge Tour Guide for the Isle of Man, John will help you discover some of the Island’s finest trails and tracks.

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