Lonely Planet Writer

Hiking in the Isle of Man

What: Walking Festival
Where: Isle of Man, UK
When: 15 to 20 May 2011

Spring has sprung and the sun is – at the time of writing – shining, making May a fantastic month to get those walking boots on and start exploring.

Interested? The Isle of Man Summer Walking Festival is the perfect place to start.


Douglas Head Lighthouse, Isle of Man. Copyright Andy Stephenson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

From 15 to 20 May, walkers of all abilities will gather to explore the island. Walks range from gentle ambles to a challenging 95-mile trek and are all headed by experienced leaders who will map out the route and share local knowledge with the group - on coastline walks they’ll also help spot basking sharks and other sea life.

Activities celebrating Manx culture and the unique blend of Celtic and Viking heritage include traditional music and dance performances, quizzes and a ceilidh. Find out more and book your break on the Isle of Man events website.

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