Holiday cottages in the Isle of Man

Isle of Man Staycations

Staycation Experiences

Staying in a stunning holiday home provides a great base, but is enhanced so much more by some of the great experiences you can enjoy from the tourism, lifestyle and hospitality businesses that we work with.

The following businesses are offering guests of Island Escapes some unique experiences this summer.

Working alongside Island Escapes, are pleased to share with you a few suggestions of walking adventures on our beautiful Island to give your Staycation a real holiday vibe.

Family trips 2 hrs long including:

·       Nature Walks – improve your  knowledge of flora and fauna with a guided walk

·       Bugs and Stuff Walk - lets go out and find some bugs and see if we can identify them

·       Take the family and pooch for a walk

·       Scavenger Hunt – let’s have a competition to see who can find everything on the list first!

·       Wallaby Spotting – Let go out deep into the Curraghs on a wallaby spotting mission!

Guided walking on the Calf of Man:

Take a trip to the Calf of Man for a guided walk around this isolated but fascinated Island including a boat journey from Port St Mary which gives close views of Sugar Loaf Rock and its thousands of nesting seabirds and the chance to spot a dolphin or two en-route! are fully qualified and accredited within the industry. 

Where: Locations vary, depending on requirements. 

When: Whenever suits! (subject to availability)

Contact: For more information please contact Ken directly  Tel:  07624 240430


From foraging basics to preservation methods used by chefs in Michelin restaurants, Pippa will show you the wild foods available at that moment in the season, but also share knowledge about using these ingredients; in the home and restaurant. Whether you want to learn about becoming more self-sufficient or simply want to be closer to nature, the tours are designed to suit your needs. The tour will be roughly an hour and light refreshments for the halfway way point will be included. Comfortable shoes are a must.

Where: Port Erin bay, meet at the foraging vintners winery.

When: Whenever suits! (subject to availability)

Contact: For more information please call or email Pippa directly: or  07624 295104 

Island Heritage

Blue-badge Guide & historian Chris Callow has been offering tours to both visitors and locals since 2017. A native Manxman, Chris took a career shift in 2015 embarking on a degree course in history and heritage, widening his already extensive knowledge of the Isle of Man.

Last year Chris walked all seven legs of the stunning Raad ny Foillan coastal footpath, and would be happy to guide on any sections of this walk during your summer staycation.

Currently Chris is running his popular Tholtan Tours, taking small groups to iconic abandoned homesteads high above the Sulby Valley. Chris has detailed specialist knowledge of this period of Manx history and brings these atmospheric ruins to life.

Later in the summer Chris will be offering railway walks combining stunning coastal and moorland scenery with a ride on the Island's charming heritage steam and electric railways.

Where: Island Heritage Tours arrange walks and site visits all over the Island. Like and follow their Facebook page to be kept informed of forthcoming events – or contact Chris who will be happy to put together a bespoke itinerary for your family or group.

When: Regular walks and site visits take place evenings and weekends, but Chris will be happy to schedule an event to fit your staycation itinerary.

Contact: For more information visit or contact Chris Tel: 07624 435528, Email:


Working alongside Island Escapes, Saltworks SUP Paddleboarding can add a bit of adventure to your staycation on island.

Offering individual and group sessions, of up to six people, island wide as we are mobile.  Feel the water beneath your feet and looking at your island from different perspective. As with all water sports we recommend getting a lesson from qualified instructors to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time on the water.

- 1hr  Discover SUP (stand up paddleboarding) sessions for complete beginners.  Learn the basics starting from the beach before venturing to sea and Paddleboarding for the first time. £30.00pp

- The full 1.5hr Beginners sessions includes everything above and more looking at some top safety tips, improved ways to turn the board and fine tuning your paddle technique even moving your feet around on the board.  £40.00pp

- Refresher SUP sessions (new for 2020).  For those who have a board and all the kit but not sure how to start. Support with set up, site assessments, self rescue practice and importantly paddle skills.  Get on the water with your own board with the confidence of having a WSA SUP instructor on the water with you. £25.00pp

Saltworks SUP is an accredited SUP school with and offers everything from Discover SUP (beginners session) through to SUP Safaris and WSA ISUP SMART safety courses.

Where: Various locations around the island depending on weather conditions

When: Get in touch to discuss - subject to availability.

Contact: For more information contact Michelle directly: or 07624 417325

Over the course of the summer we'll be continuing to list some of the great experiences and activities you can take part in right on your doorstep here on the Isle of Man. 

5 of the best Isle of Man short walks

“Wow! It’s a walker’s paradise” or “I never knew that the Isle of Man has so many beautiful and varied landscapes to offer walkers”. These are phrases our visitors often tell us when we are out guiding and showing off our island on foot. But it’s not a surprise to us with a near unlimited choice of routes and landscape to choose from and stunning views around every corner.

Learn to eat again on a Foraging Tour of Port Erin

Due to its biodiverse landscape the Isle of Man has been given UNESCO biosphere status. This, therefore, is “foraging heaven” according to chefs that visit the Isle.

Enjoy a paddleboarding adventure on the Isle of Man

The dramatic coastline of the Isle of Man lends itself well for watersports, and Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) as it gets called is growing in popularity on the island as more and more people discover the sport. Michelle from Saltworks SUP tells us some more about this new paddlesport.

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