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Day Trip around the Isle of Man — Beaches, Ancient sites, and a Viking Castle

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The Isle of Man is the Irish Sea’s hidden gem

A day trip around the Isle of Man including King Orry’s Grave, the Point of Ayre, Blue Point, Peel Castle, and the Meayll Hill stone circle. Full video at the bottom

If you’re not familiar with the Isle of Man, it’s a green and pleasant island nation in the middle of the Irish Sea. At only about thirty miles long, it has an incredible choice of things to do and see — especially if you’re a fan of beautiful landscapes.

It’s my home but I never take its beauty for granted. I love showing off her fun and quirky things to do and hope you enjoy my tour of the Island. It includes secluded beaches, a viking castle, and pre-historic sites.

Having a dip at the Cornaa waterfall
A day trip around the Isle of Man including King Orry's Grave, the Point of Ayre, Blue Point, Peel Castle, and the Meayll Hill stone circle #isleofman #visittheisleofman #placestovisit

Day Trip around the Isle of Man

It took us seven hours and eighty miles to do a full tour around the Isle of Man. A full and action packed day that managed to get in all parts of the Island from the far north, right down to the south.

A day trip around the Island can have you take in diverse and stunning landscapes and fascinating historical sites. For such a calm and peaceful island, it has a long history of conquest, kings, and ancient peoples. You can find traces of them in most communities and one of the best places to learn more about the Isle of Man is the Manx Museum.

A day trip around the Isle of Man including King Orry's Grave, the Point of Ayre, Blue Point, Peel Castle, and the Meayll Hill stone circle
Peel castle was originally built by the vikings

The remains of Peel Castle

Peel is the sunset city of the Isle of Man. It’s crescent shaped beach and castle ruins create a stunning foreground to the spectacular light show on the sea behind. Even locals consider Peel a bit of a holiday destination — an ice cream on the promenade and a play on the beach is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Peel castle sits on St Patrick’s Isle at the southern end of the beach. Built by vikings in the 11th century, much of the castle has stood the test of time. As has its most illustrious resident, not a person but a ghostly black dog called the Moddey Dhoo.

There’s a charge to enter the castle but it’s free to walk the path around the castle walls. You’ll take in some stunning views over the water and in summer you might even spot basking sharks.

A day trip around the Isle of Man including King Orry's Grave, the Point of Ayre, Blue Point, Peel Castle, and the Meayll Hill stone circle
The beach at Smeale

The Western Beaches

From Peel right up to the most northerly point on the Island are beaches. Long stretches of empty sandy beaches. It’s difficult to get to them if you don’t drive or don’t know where to turn off though. The first public place that I’d recommend for a beach day is the Glen Wyllin campsite in Kirk Michael. It’s free to enter and you can drive right to the car park at the end of the road just above the beach. If you need any essentials, the camp site also has a little shop and toilet facilities.

Access to the beach from this point north can be difficult if you don’t know someone who lives along the coast. My favourite public beach entrances are north of Jurby on the A10 adjacent from Leodest road. Then further up the A10 to Blue Point in Smeale.

If you head all the way north, you’ll get to the Point of Ayre. There you’ll find a picturesque lighthouse on a long and open rocky beach. During the summer a lot of the beach is roped off to protect nesting sea birds.

A day trip around the Isle of Man including King Orry's Grave, the Point of Ayre, Blue Point, Peel Castle, and the Meayll Hill stone circle
You can find the second part of King Orry’s Grave hidden behind a cottage

King Orry’s Grave

From the Point of Ayre you can drive south through Ramsey and then along the coast road to Laxey. Take a right on Ballaragh road and you’ll find the first part of King Orry’s Grave just a few houses in on your right. It makes me smile every time to see this 5000 year old stone tomb and monument sandwiched between modern cottages.

There’s an intriguing continuation of the site across the road and behind a cottage. There’s no way to know for sure if the two parts were once connected since the road and houses obscure all traces. What is interesting though is that this second site is also a tomb and the single standing stone used to be part of a circle of stones.

A day trip around the Isle of Man including King Orry's Grave, the Point of Ayre, Blue Point, Peel Castle, and the Meayll Hill stone circle #isleofman #visittheisleofman #lovelygreens
The Meayll Hill stone circle sits above Port Erin

Meayll Hill Stone Circle

If you’re as fascinated by ancient cultures as I am, you’ll want your day trip around the Isle of Man to include Port Erin. High above the picturesque seaside town are the remains of a stunning neolithic stone burial site. Called the Meayll Hill stone circle, it’s a collection of tombs arranged in a circle overlooking the sea. On winter solstice, the sun sets through an opening between some of the stones.

You can get to the circle from either Ballafurt road in Port Erin or where that road ends in Cregneash.

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There are a lot more ancient and neolithic places to discover on the Island — here’s some of the places I recommend.

More Isle of Man day trip ideas

This is a short introduction to my Isle of Man day trip but you’ll see a lot more if you watch the video. For even more ideas on things to do on the Isle of Man head over here. I have a lot of Island inspiration in store for you.

10 Comments

  1. That was so lovely to see your home island. I’ve always wanted to visit the islands off the mainland of Great Britain so that was really interesting. Thankyou. I’m from Australia so it’s a long way, but I may get there one day!

  2. Hello I am heading to the UK in 4/2019 and wanted to take a day trip to the isle of man. I had noticed that there is an opportunity to see the northern lights from there depending upon where you are on the island. I am also not going to have a car and will be on foot. Can you offer suggestions on getting cheap ways of getting around the island without a car? Thank you

    1. Hi Laura, you can only see the northern lights every few years so I’m not sure it will be possible while you’re here. As for public transport, there’s a decent bus system, electric trams that can take you from Douglas to Laxey to Ramsey, and also a steam train that can take you from Douglas to Port Erin. There are also a few places to rent bicycles.

  3. Question,

    My husband’s family came to the US from the Isle of Mann. Do you offer any tours to Sulby and Peel? I believe that is where most of his family came from. We are planning a trip to the area August/September 2019.

    1. Hi Renae, I don’t offer private tours but I’m quite sure that you could find someone who could. My friend John ‘Dog’ Callister occasionally offers tours to see the wild wallabies living in the Curraghs outside Sulby. You can get in touch with him by emailing dog @ iom.com

  4. Thank you so much for sharing . It looks likes a beautiful place to live. Please share more. I live in south Louisiana , USA.

  5. A brilliant tour , the only thing I know about the isle of man is that my grandma used to go to Ramsey every other year , it’s a place I always wanted to visit but sadly that won’t happen now , so yes some more tours please xx

  6. Thank you for posting such a lovely video of where you live and work. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. I felt also that I was there with you enjoying the day.

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