Isle of Man Walking Guide
33 miles long by 13 miles wide, the Isle of Man is a must for all countryside lovers with its many different landscapes and breathtaking scenery. It is said that every type of landscape found in the British Isles can also be found on the Island: layered cliffs, purple mountains, gorse clad valley slopes, sandy beaches and woodland glens. Walkers can enjoy unspoilt coastal and hillside footpaths.
As June arrives the Isle of Man begins to settle the weather calms and the Famous TT races finishes. The Island is left with hillsides that are bright with gorse and the burgeoning purple of heather to come, woodlands and glens are filled with birdsong. An through the crisp clean air the spectacular sights of the mountains of southern Scotland, the English Lake District, the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland and those of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales there for all to admire.
The Isle of Man offers a glimpse into history that few places in the world can display. The cultural influences for the Island originate from the indigenous Celtic peoples. The Vikings arrived in the Island around 800 AD and the fusion of cultures took place which is still evident in the archaeology that can be seen while exploring the island. Visitors are invited to step back some 10,000 years and retrace "The Story of Mann" which is brought to life by a series of open air sites and museums.
The Isle of Man walking scene is ideal for beginners or leisure walkers right up too the advanced experience rambler. With walks or circular trails that can only take a few hours or less, to conquering 95 miles of coastal footpath or striving to reach the summit of Snaefell (2036 feet), the highest point in the Isle of Man.