A unique Island Escape, the Calf is the ideal location to enjoy bird life, flora and fauna. Around 33 species of birds breed on the Island annually, around 10 of which are sea birds. The 616 acre island is owned by Manx National Heritage and estate and ornithological wardens are resident at the bird observatory and look after the island’s population of resident and migrant birds.
Self- catering hostel / bunkhouse style accommodation is available on the Calf for up to 8 visitors. Please note that as the guest accommodation is part of a working bird observatory, accommodation is basic with shared bathroom facilities. This is unique accommodation and very different to the Island Escapes holiday cottages.
All bookings for visitors wishing to stay overnight on the Calf are now taken online, with full payment taken in advance.
A stay on the Calf is only suitable for those who are fit enough to cope with the terrain and conditions. Visitors need to bring their own food supplies and a sleeping bag.
Travelling to the Island is a unique experience and is booked via local boatmen who arrange the boat journey to and from the Calf. Day trips can also be arranged directly with the boatmen operating ‘Vagabond’, ‘Scraayl’, ‘Shona Elizabeth’ or ‘Kirree Varrey’ – please see our visitor information for contact details for each vessel operator.
If you are planning to stay overnight, it is important to pre-book your journey directly with the boatmen and your overnight accommodation online.
You can either book the whole of the guest accommodation or a room within:
Shearwater x 4 guests (Bunk Beds): £70.00
Chough (Bunk Bed) x 2 guests: £40.00
Fulmar (Single beds) x 2 guests: £40.00
Please note that the 2020 bookings season runs from 15th July until 1st September. This is a reduced season due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and this may still have to be shortened or cancelled. If your booking is cancelled you will be entitled to a refund or a change of dates to next year.