THINGS TO DO
With spectacular scenery and wildlife, a rich sense of history and culture, and a host of extraordinary landmarks and attractions, the Isle of Man provides the perfect backdrop for visitors, whether you’re looking for a relaxing break to get away from it all or an adrenaline-fuelled adventure.
The Island may be overshadowed in terms of size by its surrounding neighbours of the UK and Ireland, but it certainly punches well above its weight in terms of what it has to offer. Many miles of unspoilt countryside await you, from majestic glens with an abundance of natural features to dramatic cliff-tops teeming with wildlife.
It’s the ideal playground for visitors of all ages with interests to explore whilst on the water, from the air or if you’d rather keep your feet on the ground. Sea kayaking, coasteering and mountain biking are just some of the adventure activities on offer.
The TT Festival is just one event in a packed calendar of sporting, cultural and quirky events for you to get involved with during your visit. The Island is also home to the ever-popular World Tin Bath Championships and traditional Hop-tu-Naa celebrations.
All of the family are sure to enjoy a trip to some of its extraordinary historical landmarks, from the world’s largest working waterwheel, Lady Isabella, to Castle Rushen, one of Europe’s best- preserved medieval fortresses.
A firm favourite with children and railway enthusiasts alike, the vintage steam railway and electric tramway always make for a memorable journey.
You'll find everything you need to know about the Isle of Man on the "Visit Isle of Man" website here.
There’s no shortage of places to drink and dine on the Isle of Man. Each town and village has a selection of establishments offering traditional favourites and contemporary cuisine.
Traditional seaside resorts and bustling harbours have the best seafood, delivered straight from the sea to the plate. Our personal favourite is Tanroagan in the centre of Douglas.....book ahead! www.tanroagan.co.uk
The Isle of Man has some of the best heritage railways in the world, each one immaculately preserved, so every journey takes you back to bygone times. And just beyond Oystercatcher Cottage's rear garden is the steam railway running from Douglas to Port Erin. There’s a choice of stops along the way including the ancient capital Castletown, with its wealth of attractions including the Nautical Museum, Castle Rushen and the Old House of Keys. Port Soderick station is just a short walk from Oystercatcher Cottage.
A WALKER’S PARADISE
Take in the diverse terrain ranging from winding coastal pathways to woodland walks along quiet rivers - from railway rambles that link leisurely walking with Victorian travel, to family walks, to the 12 stages of the Raad ny Foillan, a 95 mile coastal trek that follows the rugged coastline around the entire Island; just a couple of hundred yards from Oystercatcher Cottage.
WILDLIFE AND BASKING SHARK SPOTTING
Our landscape and coastline plays host to many species of wonderful wildlife. Sightings of our mammals, marine life and birds will take your breath away, so get your cameras ready to capture a spectacular showcase of all things wild.
The Isle of Man is recognised as an international hotspot for basking shark sightings. Although the largest recorded basking shark was 13.7m long (longer than a bus), most people only see the fins and nose protruding from the surface. Marine Drive, just a short walk from Oystercatcher Cottage is a well-known basking shark spotting site.
The Isle of Man boasts 26 officially recognised Dark Sky Discovery Sites, the largest cluster in the British Isles; what's more, there's one just down the road from Oystercatcher Cottage, in Port Soderick car park! This is due to the low population density and light pollution on the Island. With so many dark sky sites dotted around the Island, stargazing is the perfect night time activity for the whole family.
DOUGLAS, OUR CAPITAL
Visit the Isle of Man’s capital Douglas for a unique blend of traditional seaside resort, transport hub and bustling quayside. Set against a two mile sweeping bay and sandy beach, Douglas is the Island’s largest town and offers a wide range of things to see and do. It's a short drive from the cottage or a pleasant 3 mile stroll along Marine Drive.
Isle of Man photos courtesy of visitisleofman.com