Escape to the Isle of Man this SpringAs the dark winter evenings begin to melt away and on the horizon is the promise of longer, sunnier days we turn our attention to Spring, a perfect time to visit the Isle of Man, with its lush greenery, nodding daffodils and abundance of wildlife.
Enjoy a trip on our Heritage railways and make a stop at one of the Island's tranquil glens, with light sifting through the canopy of trees, illuminating carpets of violet bluebells and catching the glistening waterfalls. Relish the freshness of spring with an invigorating walk along the Island's coastal footpath, the 'Raad ny Foillan' ('Way of the Gull'), breathing in the soft coconut-scent of gorse mingled with sea-spray.
Island Escapes have perfect places to enjoy the Island at its best, here are a selection of those with some availability for that perfect Spring break.
New to our collection, you can hear the roar of the sea from the nearby beach at Gansey, which, when the swell rolls in attracts the local community of surfers keen to enjoy the waves. On a calm day it is perfect for a dip in the sea or a bracing coastal walk. Enjoy a pint of local Manx ale or a first class meal in the Shore Hotel, just a 5 minute or so walk from the front door.
Located right next to Laxey tram station this apartment is ideally located for a lover of our vintage transport network. From here you can hop on the tram and take a journey to the summit of Snaefell mountain, or into Ramsey or Douglas. Laxey itself is a village with a huge history, explore the Laxey mining heritage and the village is also home to the largest working waterwheel in the world, the Lady Isabella.
Deep in the heart of the Manx countryside, these two identical cottages provide a special break for two. Enjoy a glass of wine in the garden treehouse and look out for the wild wallabies that reside in the area! The animals, native to Australia and Tasmania, have been flourishing ever since a pair escaped in the 1970s from the Curraghs wildlife park, a short distance from the cottages. Researchers believe now there are more than a 100 living in the wild. It is possible to see wallabies living in the wild on one of the short walks from the cottages.
In recent years Castletown has been experiencing a transformation with the historic town now known on the island for a fantastic range of places to eat and drink, all just a few minutes walk from the doorstep of Sarah's Cottage.
The history of the town and island are illustrated in four Manx National Heritage sites in the centre of Castletown: Castle Rushen (at the centre of the town) was originally built in 1265 for a Norse king, then fortified and added to by successive rulers between the 13th and 16th centuries; The Nautical Museum (in the secret passage-filled home of inventor, politician, banker and probable smuggler George Quayle); the Old Grammar School (originally a church from AD 1200) and the Old House of Keys.
East Ballabane is a traditional Manx farmhouse in a wonderful position overlooking the coast and farmland in the north of the Isle of Man, as well as the Ayres Nature Reserve. The area surrounding Ballabane is excellent for walking, cycling, and bird-watching. A site of major ecological significance, parts of the Ayres have been designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest and as a National Nature Reserve - it really comes alive in the spring. The neighbouring 5 star Milking Parlour is also available to rent
Of course this is just a small selection of the properties we have available, with over 45 properties across the island to choose from there is plenty of choice!