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Bradda Head In The Isle of Man – A Complete Guide

Bradda Head in the Isle of Man is a rugged headland rising to 382 ft, topped by a tower that you can climb for stunning coastal views. Here’s a complete guide.

How To Get To Bradda Head

Bradda Head is just over a mile north of the village of Port Erin in the south east of the Isle of Man.

Car

We hired a car in the Isle of Man and we highly recommend this option. It is the quickest and easiest solution for getting around the Island.

Port Erin is easily reached by car and there is a free car park at Bradda Glen, just north of Port Erin, from where you can walk up to Bradda Head.

Steam Train

Trains travel south from Douglas, through the stunning countryside to Port Erin via Castletown with a number of stops along the way, the full journey takes one hour.

In the summer season there are seven return trains a day, one of which is an evening service.

Public Transport

If you don’t drive, or fancy the railway, there are other means of transport for getting around the Island.

Many people use the Go Explore card.

It’s great value for money and it allows access to various different modes of transport including buses, trains and the 2 electric tram systems, as well as museums.

Cards are available to purchase for 1, 3, 5 or 7 days.

You can buy your card online or from various stores in the Isle of Man.

Tour

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Bradda Head Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Bradda Head.

Bradda Glen In The Isle of Man

Bradda Head Opening Times

Bradda Head is open all day, every day.

Bradda Head In The Isle of Man

Best Time To Visit Bradda Head

This is a popular spot for hill walkers and can get busy at weekends, especially in the summer. Therefore, weekdays and out of season are recommended if you like to avoid the crowds.

Take some warm clothes as it can be quite blustery and chilly up on the head. As well as appropriate footwear for the uneven path and for climbing the steps of the tower.

The last few steps are pretty tough but well worth it!

Don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning views, especially at sunset.

If you are a keen walker you might also like Dhoon Glen which is less than an hours drive from here.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Bradda Head In The Isle of Man
Bradda Head In The Isle of Man

What To Expect At Bradda Head In The Isle Of Man

This is a relatively steady, if somewhat steep in places, walk to Milner Tower at the top of Bradda Head.

With lovely views on the way up, through the heather covered heathland, this is a great walk especially on a warm day.

It takes between 40-60 minutes to reach the tower and you will find benches along the way for you to take a breather, if needed, and enjoy the views.

Once you have reached Milner Tower it is possible to climb the 40 steps up a narrow stairwell to the top. From here you have superb views of Port Erin and its bay, as well as the southerly part of the Island.

On a clear day, you can even see as far as the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland!

One of the most refreshing things to do in the Isle Of Man.

Milner Tower History

Built in 1871, Milner Tower was erected in memory of William Milner, known as the ‘godfather of Port Erin’, a wealthy safe maker who moved to Port Erin from Liverpool in the mid-1800s.

Milner invested, personally and financially, in the livelihood of the village, with particular thought for the local fishermen and impoverished families.  

By 1871, Milner was so well liked by the local community that they commissioned the tower to honour him and his contributions to the people of Port Erin.

Uniquely designed to pay homage to the locks that Milner designed, this dramatic towers stands proudly overlooking William Milner’s beloved Port Erin.

Milner's Tower Bradda Head In The Isle of Man
Milner's Tower Bradda Head In The Isle of Man
Milner's Tower Bradda Head In The Isle of Man
Bradda Head In The Isle of Man
Port Erin Bradda Head In The Isle of Man
Port Erin Bradda Head In The Isle of Man
Port Erin Bradda Head In The Isle of Man
Bradda Head In The Isle of Man
Bradda Head In The Isle of Man
Port Erin Bradda Head In The Isle of Man

Where To Stay On The Isle Of Man

Luxury

Baie Mooar Guesthouse

Baie Mooar Guesthouse is situated in Ramsey and offers panoramic sea views as well as views towards Snaefell.

Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Every room is equipped with a 32-inch flat-screen TV, free toiletries and a hairdryer. All rooms have an en suite bathroom.

There is also a shared lounge available for guests to relax and breakfast is included in the room rate too.

Douglas is 30 minutes’ drive from Baie Mooar Guesthouse. Guests can enjoy various activities in the area including mountain biking, sailing and walking. The nearest airport is Isle of Man Airport, 19.3 miles from the property.

Mid-Budget

At Cedar Lodge Apartment

At Cedar Lodge Apartment is located in Ramsey and offers a garden as well as a terrace.

The accommodation is 9.3 miles from Douglas. Guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site. 

This apartment has 1 bedroom, a kitchen with a microwave and fridge, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom, including a shower. Towels and bed linen are also provided in this accommodation. 

The nearest airport is Isle of Man Airport, 16.2 miles from the apartment.

Budget

Ascot Hotel

The Ascot Hotel is affordable luxury with superior service.

Whether your visit to the Island is for business or pleasure, the Ascot offers a range of hotel rooms and suites to ensure a pleasant and relaxing stay in the Isle of Man.

Located just off the Promenade in Douglas, the hotel is within minutes of local tourist attractions, shops, business centre, nightlife and only a minute’s walk from the beach.

For more places to stay in the Isle of Man, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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