Isle of Man, home to the UK’s very own Manx sky, is a must-do for your next motorhome adventure! With spectacular views of the night sky, it is no surprise that Isle of Man is loved by stargazers everywhere. So pack your binoculars and head to one of Isle of Man’s many viewpoints for a staycation like no other.
Savour the best views on the island at Douglas Head, a rocky point which overlooks Douglas Bay and Harbour, with views stretching to include Snaefell Mountain and Laxey. Soak up the history of the local area as you tour the Douglas Head Amphitheatre, where people gathered throughout the 20th century to watch shows and other forms of entertainment. Today, the disused site remains as a reminder of times gone by. Take in incredible coastal and distant mountain views as you admire the 1857 lighthouse that stands on Douglas Head.
Cruise along the historic Marine Drive, which links Douglas with Port Soderick. Hop out of your motorhome to enjoy a picnic with stunning views over the bay, or to learn about the island’s marine life at one of six viewing points along its coastline. Take in the awe-inspiring Northern Lights – usually only visible from Northerly locations such as Alaska, Norway and Iceland, but the Manx night sky can be seen from the island’s North eastern coast. Have your breath taken away as you take in astronomical sights you’ve never seen before – from the Orion Nebula to the Milky Way Galaxy, stargazing in the Isle of Wight is an amazing experience that will leave even the most experienced stargazer astounded.
Drink in scenic views of the valley and the glittering sea below at Port Jack Glen in Onchan. Glide across the water in a motorboat, or have a blast splashing each other with bumper boats in the Onchan Pleasure Park boating lake. Enjoy the Jubilee Sensory Garden or soak up some of the island’s history as you admire the white Stations of the Cross statues that once stood in the enchanting Calvary Glen below and now stand in the gardens of the Church. You can also spot the mysterious Lourdes Grotto behind the Church, which was once used as a location for open air worship and contains a piece of stone from the Lourdes Grotto site in France.
Wander the extensive grounds of Peel Castle and admire its red sandstone walls as you learn its intriguing history. Examine the ruins of the Castle’s Cathedral and Round Tower and ponder on the plentiful stories about the Castle – from the story of the ‘Moddey Dhoo’ black dog that roams the halls, to old tales of the site being a possible location of the Arthurian Avalon. Constructed by the Vikings in the 11th century, the Castle stands tall on St Patricks Isle and remains an impressive feature on the Sunset City’s coastline, boasting stunning panoramic views over Peel and out to the Irish Sea.