Calf of Man

Isle of Man

This small island just off Cregneash is on one of western Britain's major bird migration routes, and 33 species breed annually here, including Manx shearwaters, kittiwakes, razorbills and shags. Other species normally observed on the island include peregrines, hen harriers, choughs and ravens. It's been an official bird sanctuary since 1939. Gemini Charter runs birdwatching trips to the island from Port St Mary.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Isle of Man attractions

1. Cregneash Village Folk Museum

2.03 MILES

Until the early part of the 20th century, most farmers on the island engaged in a practice known as crofting – a social system defined by small-scale…

2. Railway Museum

3.17 MILES

Port Erin's small Railway Museum reveals the history of steam railway on the island. There are guided tours on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.

3. Balladoole Iron Age Fort

5.56 MILES

This collection of ancient monuments between Castletown and Cregneash includes a Bronze Age grave dating to 10,000 BC, a Christian chapel from around 900…

4. Castle Rushen

6.68 MILES

Castletown is dominated by the impressive 13th-century Castle Rushen, one of the most complete medieval structures in Europe. You can visit the gatehouse,…

5. Old Grammar School

6.69 MILES

Built as a church around 1200, the building was converted in 1570 to a boys' grammar school. The building was extensively restored in 2016 and 2017 and is…

6. Old House of Keys

6.71 MILES

The former home of the Manx Parliament (lower house of the Tynwald) has been restored to its 1866 appearance – a key date in island history as it was then…

7. Nautical Museum

6.78 MILES

This small museum displays, among other things, its pride and joy, Peggy, a schooner built by politician and occasional smuggler George Quayle in 1791 and…

8. Rushen Abbey

7.83 MILES

From Viking kings to ’70s disco, this abbey has lived its fair share of history. Founded in 1134, it was one of the island's most important centres of…