Viking history, outdoor adventure, and stargazing campsites await on the Isle of Man.
A UNESCO Biosphere set in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland, the Isle of Man is the ideal spot for adventure, unspoilt natural beauty, or simply a relaxing escape. A one-time Manx-speaking stronghold that’s now best known for its annual TT races and kippers, the Isle of Man is crisscrossed with scenic roads, narrow gauge railways, and well-signposted rights of way, suitable for hikers and bikers alike. Enjoy the beaches and watersports, the coastal path, and dozens of Dark Sky Discovery Sites before setting up camp at a tent campground, a glamping pod, or a motorhome-friendly site.
The capital and largest city on the Isle of Man (as well as both the start and end point for the island's annual TT races), Douglas is the ideal jumping-off point from which to explore the wider region. A hub of entertainment, history, and one of the world’s last remaining horsedrawn trams—with plenty of nearby campgrounds and caravan sites—Douglas is also the island’s ferry port and home to the Isle of Man's main visitor information centre.
The Isle of Man is well-known for its Manx kippers (smoked herring), and Peel is the best place to try them. This walkable seaside town is also home to striking sunsets and one of the island’s best beaches. Campers also come for the easy access to the Isle of Man Coastal Path and the stellar stargazing opportunities at the Peel Castle Dark Sky Discovery Site. Make the most of the night sky by staying overnight at a nearby back-to-basics campsite.
Just a short drive from the airport, Port St. Mary offers proximity to other charming southern villages like Castletown and Scarlett while also serving as a popular holiday spot during summertime. Come for the watersports—think boating, diving, and swimming—and know it’s a great place for glamping, camping, and caravanning, with nearby farms offering full-service stays.
Ramsey is well worth a visit, especially during TT (Tourist Trophy) time (with some of the best TT races viewpoints and lookouts) or for off-season adventure, given its one of the sunniest spots on the island. Ramsey also enjoys proximity to a number of sandy beaches and walkable woods, plus Mooragh Park, with its boating lake, skate park, and kids’ playgrounds. This is also a convenient starting (or finishing) point for the Millennium Way. For overnight stays, campers can pitch a tent or park a motorhome at plenty of nearby campgrounds.