Isle of Man Coastal Path

Raad Ny Foillan - The Way of the Gull: The Millennium and Herring Ways

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ISBN
9781852844004
Published
6 Jul 2007
Reprinted
5 Mar 2013
Edition
Third
Pages
160
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
Weight
200g

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A guidebook to walking the 96 mile Isle of Man coastal path, Raad ny Foillan. The route never strays far from the sea and boasts spectacular scenery, from rugged sea cliffs and mountain moorland to beaches and glens. The Raad ny Foillan path can be completed in about a week. The Milennium Way and the Herring Way are also described.

Seasons Seasons
Walking in the Isle of Man is best in Spring, Summer and early Autumn, but walkable year round and milder than the UK mainland. Avoid TT week.
Centres Centres
Douglas, Ramsey, Castletown, Port Erin, Peel, Kirkmichael.
Difficulty Difficulty
Mainly coastal walking with short ups and downs. Stages up to 15 miles long.
Must See Must See
Point of Ayre, historic Laxey, the cliffs and secluded bays and inlets of the south and west and the remote west coast. Sea life and birds.
Availability
Out of Stock
ISBN
9781852844004
Published
6 Jul 2007
Reprinted
5 Mar 2013
Edition
Third
Pages
160
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
Weight
200g
  • Overview

    The Raad ny Foillan (Way of the Gull) is a 98 mile footpath around the Isle of Man. There is splendid scenery to be encountered throughout the walk, from rugged sea cliffs and mountain moorland in the south, to the glens, beaches and dunes of the north. It passes sites of historical interest, colourful fishing villages, historic towns and peaceful havens.

    In its journey around the Isle of Man, the Raad ny Foillan offers a variety of scenery, it wends its way through several nature reserves and along a disused railway. The footpath is never far from the sea or the cry of the gull. It is suitable for the gentler walker to do in short day-walk sections and for the dedicated backpacker and fit fell-runner to set up a personal record for the delightful circuit of this beautiful island.

    The route description for the Raad ny Foillan is set out as a circuit and split into stages, with the longest walk being 15.5 miles and the shortest being 7 miles. Any fast walkers may wish to complete two stages per day, while those progressing at a more leisurely pace may decide to amble along and take in the splendid attractions along the way.

    There are two other walks described in this guidebook – The Millennium Way, which follows the ancient route of the kings, from Ramsey to Castletown, and The Herring Way which takes a more traditional route from Peel to Castletown.  Both these routes cross the hills of the island’s interior and can be combined to make an interesting longer walk.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    How to Get There
    The Best Time to Walk
    Accommodation
    Public Transport
    Climate
    Tides and Times
    Maps and Compasses
    Geology
    Nature Along the Footpaths
    History
    1 Raad ny Foillan: The Way of the Gull
    Stage 1 Douglas to Castletown
    Stage 2 Castletown to Port St Mary
    Stage 3 Port St Mary to Port Erin
    Stage 4 Port Erin to Peel
    Stage 5 Peel to Kirk Michael
    Stage 6 Kirk Michael to Point of Ayre
    Stage 7 Point of Ayre to Ramsey
    Stage 8 Ramsey to Laxey
    Stage 9 Laxey to Douglas
    2 The Millennium Way
    Stage 1 Ramsey to Crosby
    Stage 2 Crosby to Castletown
    3 Bayr ny Skeddan: The Herring Way
    Bayr ny Skeddan The Herring Way

    Appendix 1 Glossary of Manx Words
    Appendix 2 Selected Bibliography
    Appendix 3 Route Summary
    Appendix 4 IOM Coastal Footpath Accommodation List

  • Maps

    Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Maps, North & South.

    The maps in this guide are sufficient to enable you to walk the Raad ny Foillan, but you will need to step off the route from time to time. A map of the island will help you to obtain the maximum enjoyment, replenish your supplies and be sure of your nearest point of help in the case of an emergency. Along with the map you may need to take a compass (and know how to use it).

    The Official Tourist Map of the island contains town plans at a scale of 1:60,000.

    The Isle of Man Public Rights of Way and Outdoor Leisure Maps North and South marks the Raad ny Foillan and the shorter footpaths, the Millennium Way, the Bayr ny Skeddan, and the the Heritage Trail (10½ miles from Douglas to Peel along the route of the old railway), at a scale of 1:25,000. It is a wonderful map for detail that you can enjoy in your armchair afterwards. Almost every cove and headland is named, every field drawn and places of historical interest identified. The contour lines, imaginary lines passing through all places of equal height, are at 100ft intervals.

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    Accommodation Update

    Mrs Conning, of Kirk Michael, has moved and is now providing accommodation at:

    "Geay Varrey" 15 Broogh Wyllin, Kirk Michael, Isle of Man IM6 1HU. Telephone: 01624 878156

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Aileen Evans

Aileen Evans has spent all her life enjoying climbing, walking and travel. She is author or co-author of several Cicerone guides, mainly to the Lake District, where she and her husband Brian have spent many years walking and climbing.

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