Swim in the waterfall and pool at Cornaa, Isle of Man
Every now and again I’ll see photos of this place on Facebook but I’ve never been before yesterday. Sometimes called the ‘Blue Lagoon’, this waterfall and the pool that forms under it are set in a forested glen a short walk from Cornaa Bay, in Maughold. The water is crystal clear and the area under the falls is deep. Probably deep enough to dive into.
A magical setting just a stone’s throw away from the beach
Some waterfalls on the island are a little more difficult to get to and maybe not as swimming or child friendly as this. Along the bank of the stream is a flat and clear area where you could sit or picnic and getting down into the water is easy. When we arrived there were two women and children already there and having a lovely time with their pet dog. If it were warmer I’m sure the kids would have been swimming.
How to find the waterfall and pool
You get to the pool by walking up the public footpath from the beach at Cornaa.
To get to Cornaa Bay you’ll need to drive down the A2 to Glen Mona. From there turn off onto the Glen Mona Loop Road. Drive down and take a left onto Port Cornaa Road and follow it to the end. It’s a long single track road so be prepared to pull over to let others pass. When you arrive on the beach park there.
It takes about ten minutes to walk to the pool by way of a public footpath that winds from the beach up into the glen. You’ll go over a large footbridge and then past the ruins of an old building before you get to a left hand turn off the main path. You’ll find the waterfall down there and can just make it out through the trees below.
Care of the Countryside
If you visit, please take care to LEAVE NO TRACE. That means to take everything back with you that you brought with. Rubbish, food, anything. We’re blessed to have such beautiful natural places to visit on the island and we need to leave it that way for others to enjoy.
At the site, no camping or fires are permitted. Bring a picnic to eat under the trees, enjoy the magical feel of the glen and make sure to take a dip. It’s cold but well worth it!
On the map
The place is marked on the map below on the east coast of the island. Click the marker to see more details about each natural or scenic site to visit on the Isle of Man.
For a self-guided nature walk and more scientific information on the waterfall and pool visit this guide.