Nature Guide to Isle of Man

Imagine a place where you can climb a mountain by morning, cross moorlands in the afternoon and catch the coastal sunset in the evening. That’s Isle of Man. This 221 square foot island is one of the most beautiful spots to enjoy nature. From walking trails to bird watching, we have compiled the ideal nature guide to explore this one of a kind island.

The Sound

The Sound, Isle of Man
Photo Courtesy of Visit Isle of Man

There is a reason Isle of Man was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2016. At any point you are only a couple hours from rugged coastlines, lush valleys and barren hills. Known as The Sound, the southernmost tip of the island has some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. Take the cliff-top walking path around the southwest corner of the island to explore the abundant wildlife, views of Calf of Man and the newly built Sound Visitor Center.

Nature Reserves

The Glens, Isle of Man
Photo Courtesy of Telegraph

Less than half of the island has been developed, leaving plenty of protected land to explore. The Close Sartfield Nature Reserve is the island’s largest nature reserve. Known for its excellent bird watching, this wetland region also has 10,000 colorful orchids that bloom during the months of June and July!

There are 18 mountain and coastal National Glens across the island, which have been preserved and maintained by the government. Choose Dhoon Glen for a spectacular hike filled with steep slops, rugged beauty and a dramatic waterfall.

Calf of Man

Calf of Man, Isle of Man
Photo Courtesy of Manx National Heritage

This 618-acre islet sits on the southwest coast of Isle of Man. Maintained by Marx National Heritage, Calf of Man is the ideal place to study bird life, flora and fauna. A bird watching destination, this island is home to 33 species of birds that breed on the island annually.