Bird Watching Breaks

For the birdwatcher a short break in the Isle of Man offers a rich assortment of species, several of which are rarities in other parts of the British Isles, in a variety of habitats of exceptional beauty.

The Island is about 31miles/50 km in length and 12 miles/20 km at its broadest point and occupies a central position in the northern part of the Irish Sea. It is dominated by two ranges of hills, clad in heather or grass moorland which rise to 2034 ft/621 m. at Snaefell in the north and to 1585 ft/483 m. at South Barrule. There are flat, but ornithologically valuable lowlands in the north (which include the Ayres and Ballaugh Curragh) and the south-east with the Langness peninsula. The coastline is mostly composed of slate cliffs, interrupted here and there by sandy bays and tiny shingle coves. In the north there are sand dunes which separate the lowland heath of the Ayres from the sea, while across the narrow Sound off the south-west point of the main is a hilly islet, the Calf of Man, site of an important Bird Observatory administered by Manx National Heritage (MNH). Well-marked long distance footpaths explore almost the entire coast, providing frequent opportunities of seeing such Manx specialities as Peregrine, Chough and Raven. Fulmar and Shag are widely distributed but there are only four Cormorant colonies.

Steam Packet Holidays are able to offer short breaks to allow you to discover the great variety of birdlife on the island, the prices shown below are for foot passengers, however you can bring your own car for a supplement. There is also a great transport network on the island and you can pre purchase Rover Tickets for the duration of your stay - please ask at the time of booking.

2018 Ferry and Accommodation Package Prices

Hotel Grade Location 2 Nights from
Claremont Hotel *** Douglas £182/€219
Regency Hotel **** Douglas £164/€197
Mannin Hotel **** Douglas £158/€190
Sefton Hotel **** Douglas £140/€168
Chesterhouse Hotel *** Douglas £139/€167
Rutland Hotel *** Douglas £139/€167
BEST WESTERN Palace Hotel & Casino **** Douglas £131/€157
Sugarland Hotel ** Douglas £128/€154
Empress Hotel *** Douglas £127/€153
Welbeck Hotel *** Douglas £126/€151
Ascot Hotel *** Douglas £119/€143
Ramsey Park Hotel *** Ramsey £116/€140
Ellan Vannin *** Douglas £115/€138
Hydro Hotel ** Douglas £103/€124


Guest Accommodation Grade Location 2 Nights from
Inglewood **** Douglas £137/€164
Breagle Glen **** Gold Award Port Erin £127/€153
Bed and Blueberry **** Douglas £116/€140
Mereside **** Douglas £114/€137
Glen Mona **** Douglas £114/€137
Rosslyn **** Douglas £114/€137
Trevelyan *** Douglas £112/€134
Arrandale House *** Douglas £110/€132
Penta (continental breakfast) *** Douglas £107/€128
Caledonia *** Douglas £104/€125
Sefton Express (continental breakfast) *** Ballasalla £92/€111
Kings **** Douglas £90/€108
Glenlough Campsite (Own Tent)   Glen Vine £50/€60
                                  (Pod)   Glen Vine £81/€97

Prices based on two people sharing twin/double room and include return ferry travel as a foot passenger plus accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.

Self Catering Grade Location 3 Nights from
Lily Bank Lodges ***** Foxdale £109/€131 *
      3 Nights from
Ballacamaish Farm Cottages **** Kirk Andreas £113/€136*
      4 Nights from
Smeale Farm Cottages  **** Andreas £128/€154*
      7 Nights from
Cronk Breck Farm Cottages *** Ballasalla £108/€130*
      7 Nights from

* Based on 4 people sharing


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