Cregneash Port Eirin, Isle of Man

Douglas - Vikings and Volcanoes Hike

Enjoy a fantastic walk on the coastal footpath and spot birds, plants, and volcanic rocks, as well as a range of historical highlights.

  • Walk the long-distance coastal path.
  • Fantastic sights
  • Historic highlights throughout the tour
  • Enjoy views of the ‘Plains of Heaven’ across the central valley to the northern hills.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 3: Medium

  • Duration

    4h30

  • Max. passengers

    25

  • Booking Code

    E-DGL3

  • From

    $ 119

  • Notices

    Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing appropriate for the day’s weather Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes/boots with thick tread and ankle support. Walking poles may be helpful. (Bottle of water)

Starting from the Sea Terminal in Douglas, we will cross the Fairy Bridge and greet the ‘little people’ to ensure a good journey. After a nice break in Castletown, we will visit Chapel Hill Balladoole and follow part of the ‘Raad ny Foillan’ (the Way of the Gull), the Isle of Man’s long-distance coastal footpath, around Scarlett Head to see coastal birds, plants, limestone outcrops, and volcanic rocks. Then we head back to Castletown. The exposed southern coast is full of historic sites and traces of ancient forts and chapels, countryside properties, farms, a World War II radar station, and the quarry that provided stone for the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The tour’s historic highlights include Chapel Hill, Balladoole, home to a Bronze Age burial, an Iron Age hillfort, a Viking ship burial and Keeill Vael (St Michael’s Chapel). Enjoy sweeping views over the south of the Island and the Iron Age and Norse promontory fort at Close ny Chollagh.

After a break in Castletown, rejoin the coach and return to Douglas on a route featuring views over the ‘Plains of Heaven’ and across the central valley to the northern hills.

Distance: 4 miles

Grading: Moderate. The route involves crossing several stiles with up to nine steep wooden steps on both sides, along with walking on a mix of coastal grassland and farm tracks. Coastal location exposed to weather conditions Uneven surfaces with occasional rabbit holes, which can be slippery when wet. Some areas can be muddy.

Please bring warm, waterproof clothing that is appropriate for the day’s weather. Carry water and wear sturdy footwear (boots or tennis shoes) with thick tread and ankle support. Walking poles may be helpful, but this route is not suitable for users requiring wheelchairs, canes, or other walking aids.

Practical information:

  • Remarks: Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing depending on the day’s weather Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes/boots with thick tread and ankle support Walking poles may be helpful. (Bottle of water).
  • Language: English
  • Walking information: Approximately 4 miles.
  • Wheelchair accessible: No.