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Hiking tour of the valleys and gorges of the Isle of Man
1 day | getting there
After your individual arrival, you will still have a little time to explore Douglas. Treat yourself to a ride on the horse tram along the promenade, stroll along the beach or stroll up to Douglas Head for beautiful views of the city and the hinterland. In the evening, try delicious Manx specialties and a delicious craft beer.
2 day | The South
Today you will discover the island's first valleys and gorges in the south - Bradda Glen & Milner's Tower, Silverdale Glen, Port Soderick Glen and Colby Glen await you. The Silverdale Glen, located south of Douglas and a popular destination for families, has a playground and a small café. The old Victorian water-powered carousel is particularly popular. Various advertised paths can be found around the Silverdale River, especially the explanations about the importance of the water power, which used to drive the Silverdale Mill, are very nice. Down the river you will find the 14th century Monk’s Bridge and the historic Rushen Abbey. The is also only about 4 miles south of Douglas Port Soderick Glen near Old Castletown Road. It's not as rough and overgrown as some of the other glens on the island, but offers sheltered walks and a beautiful carpet of flowers. It has been part of the Manx National Glens since 1975 and is also called Sunny Creek. The Crogga River flows through the Glen, in the northern part there are mainly blue bells, in the southern part more swampy areas are in the foreground. Port Soderick is registered as a Dark Sky Discovery Site, well worth a visit at a late hour as well. The Bradda Glen may offer some of the most beautiful and breathtaking views over the Isle of Man, Port Erin Bay and the Calf of Man. The beautiful Glen is just minutes from the Port Erin Railway Station, making it easy to get to. The coastal path is lined with trees, birds are singing in the crowns and it always goes up to Milner’s Tower. At many viewpoints there are comfortable benches to enjoy the unique landscape in peace or to have a picnic. In addition to birds and rabbits, you might be lucky enough to spot a basking shark when the sea is calm. Anyone interested in the island's flora and fauna will certainly find the information boards of the Manx Wildlife Trust exciting. In Colby you will discover one of the most natural glens on the island - Colby Glen. The paths and bridges are regularly cleared and maintained, but the rest of the glen is left entirely to nature. The wild beauty of the landscape, smaller waterfalls and the not always easy to walk paths make the excursion something special. At the end of the glen you can enjoy a short break or a picnic in a meadow under some trees.
3rd day | The West
The second stage today takes you to the west of the island: Glen Maye, Glen Helen, Glen Mooar and Glen Wyllin. Glen Maye, just a few miles away from Peel, is one of the Isle of Man's more spectacular glens. A visit there, however, is very dependent on the weather and parts of the trail can only be reached with difficulty after heavy rainfall. The highlights of a hike here are the bridged gorge and a no waterfall. In addition to the fern-growing paths, the old Manx forests that once covered the entire island are a magnificent sight. Part of the beautiful coastline is also covered by the hiking trail. A small water wheel, the Mona Erin, is another attraction in the Glen. Formerly known as Glen Rhenass, is the Glen Helen Part of a tree-lined gorge, known for its creeping left bend and the connection to Creg Willey’s Hill on the Snaefell Mountain Course. The Glen has gardens with rustic bridges and a small waterfall, the main attraction being the Rhenass Fall, which cascades down between two boulders. The paths are very well maintained and partly laid out with wooden bridges. Hidden in the Glen Mooar is the Spooty Vane waterfall. Although it is privately owned just across the border of the Glen, visitors are welcome to take a look at the magnificent waterfall. It is one of the highest waterfalls on the Isle of Man and it works its way down in 3 falls. Take some time and enjoy the tranquility of nature by the small pool, which is the last of the falls. In the middle part of the Glen there are some historical monuments that can be dated back between the 8th and 10th centuries. Here you will find the ruins of St. Patrick’s Chapel, a cemetery and a parish cell. There are also two stone pillars hidden in the Glen, parts of the old Victorian railway bridge that once spanned the gorge. As the name suggests it was Bishopscourt Glen, north of Kirk Michael, once privately owned by the Bishop of Sodor and Man. His old residence was opposite the entrance to the glen. Due to the management of many of the bishops and their families, many picturesque features can still be found in the Glen today - a favorite of children and families is the small hidden cave with a stone throne. Stretches south of Kirk Michael Glen Wyllin. In the upper part - Cooildarry - you wander through deciduous forests, the Glen also offers a playground and a campsite is located in the beautiful nature. In addition to the typical deciduous trees, there are also exotic plants here and, especially in spring, there is a carpet of Blue Bells and the scent of wild garlic is in the air. The glen leads down to the cliffs and offers beautiful views of the sea. You can reach the beach via a small path.
4th day | The North
Today it's up to the north of the island: Elfin Glen & Claghbane Woods, Ballaglass Glen, Dhoon Glen, Tholt-y-Will Glen and Bishopscourt Glen. The tree-lined slopes of Lhergy Frissel and Claghbane, separated by the steep walls of the Elfin Glen offer a picturesque backdrop of Ramsey and excellent vantage points over the northern plains. A varied tour leads through the Glen, past managed forests. One of the most notable landmarks in the north of the island is the Albert Tower. Prince Albert and Queen Victoria enjoyed the wonderful views here in 1847. Another feature of the route is the famous TT route, just before “Hairpin Corner”. The trails are well maintained, but in some places they are quite steep. A small typical Manx Glen at Cornaa, Maughold in northern Laxey awaits your visit, the Ballaglass Glen. It is particularly popular with photographers and artists, who are drawn to the carpet of blue bells and glittering streams, especially in spring. Look for the wooden figure of the “Wizard of Man” that can be found on the trail around the Glen. South of Ramsey awaits you Dhoon Glen, one of the most beautiful and wildest glens on the island. Photographers as well as nature lovers like to stay in the wildly sprawling glen and enjoy the views of waterfalls and small gurgling rivers. The Inneen Vooar or Big Girl called waterfall roughly in the middle of the Glens is the second highest on the island and falls 40 meters in two places. The paths are not easy to walk, good walking shoes and a firm step are necessary. The Tholt-y-Will Glen lies in the shadow of the Snaefell and near the Sulby Reservoir. The relatively steep glen lies in the upper reaches of Sulby Glens, one of the most spectacular and beautiful areas on the island. Winding paths lead alongside small streams and rivers that later merge to form the Sulby River. There is a craft center at the lower entrance to the glen, which is popular during the summer months. Just like the Glen itself, the Tholt-y-Will Plantation invites hikers to undertake challenging but rewarding tours. In addition, the Glen and the Plantation are registered as Dark Skies Site, an on-site interpretation board helps the visitor to enjoy the breathtaking night sky of the island. If you're lucky, you might even spot the Northern Lights. As the name suggests it was Bishopscourt Glen, north of Kirk Michael, once privately owned by the Bishop of Sodor and Man. His old residence was opposite the entrance to the glen. Due to the management of many of the bishops and their families, many picturesque features can still be found in the Glen today - a favorite of children and families is the small hidden cave with a stone throne.
5th day | The East
To top it off, stay in the east of the island today: Groudle Glen, Laxey Glen, Summerhill Glen. To the north of Douglas lies the Groudle Glen, a popular destination. A deep and in some places rocky gorge, always accompanied by the gurgling of a small stream, lead to a small water wheel. The Glen can also be visited on the popular Groudle Glen Railway. The very well-kept, wide paths of the Laxey Glen are often visited by tourists and locals at the same time to escape the stress of everyday life. A playground for children and a picnic area offer great opportunities for a little break. Unfortunately, very little of the island's original tree population can still be seen, today you can find more exotic trees. Once the area was adapted as a tourist destination by a Victorian businessman with various attractions, today visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty. The recently renovated Laxey Pavilion, which hosts smaller events, can also be found here. Also located just behind the promenade in Douglas Summerhill Glen. Wide, well-kept paths lead under trees. During the day it is not necessarily the most spectacular glen, but seasonally the glen lights up in bright colors in the evening hours and then attracts a lot of visitors. You can still use beautiful landscaped walking paths, two small ponds and some plant beds in the Port Jack Glen discover. The small park is in Onchan.
6th day | home trip
Today you will start your journey home with many wonderful memories. If you still have some time, take the opportunity to do some shopping in Douglas or visit the Manx Museum.
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