Dhoon Glen is an enchanting trail leading to a rugged waterfall and rocky bay. If a peaceful adventure is your thing, here’s a complete guide.
How To Get To Dhoon Glen
Dhoon Glen is located between Laxey and Ramsey in the Isle Of Man.
It’s a popular stopping place on the northern section of the Manx Electric Railway.
It’s not to be confused with Dhoon Halt, which is the next stopping place roughly 600 metres to the north.
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.
If you map to Dhoon Glen, it will come up with the location of the waterfall – not the start of the walk.
So your best bet is to google map to ‘Little Shed At The Glen’ where you’ll find a car park directly opposite the start of the trail.
Manx Electric Railway
Riding the electric railway in the Isle of Man is also something you have to do whilst you’re on the Island.
It takes you on a journey along the East Coast of the Isle of Man. So you could tie in the two together.
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.
Dhoon Glen Entrance Fee
It is free to visit Dhoon Glen
Dhoon Glen Opening Times
Dhoon Glen is open all day, every day.
It’s a free roaming area located between Laxey and Ramsey in the Isle of Man.
Best Time To Visit Dhoon Glen
We visited in the morning at around 9:30am and we pretty much had the whole trail to ourselves. We saw one dog walker at Dhoon Bay.
Like most tourist attractions, it’s best to visit early in the morning if you want to avoid crowds. However, Dhoon Glen seems to be a beautifully secluded spot.
In the summer months, we presume it gets busier with picnickers and dog walkers.
It’s best to check the weather before heading to Dhoon Glen. If you’re there when it’s raining or after it has rained, it will be very slippery.
The stunning walk is around 3.2 km (2 miles) long and can be enjoyed at any time of the year, but is particularly stunning in the spring and autumn. We went in autumn and the colours of the forest were magical.
If you are a keen walker you might also like Bradda Head which is less than hours drive from here.
What To Pack
What To Expect At Dhoon Glen In The Isle Of Man
Isle of Man is famous for it’s glens and Dhoon Glen is a special one. If you’re unsure what a glen is, its definition reads: a secluded narrow valley.
The main draw to Dhoon Glen is it’s waterfall, not forgetting Dhoon Bay, but we’ll get to that part soon.
Dhoon Glen is one of the Islands most dramatic waterfalls, known for it’s natural and rugged beauty.
It’s a moderate walk with only a slight uphill and downhill gradient. The terrain is mainly a clear path with some difficult rocky areas and tree roots.
Be mindful of these areas as they can get super slippery when it’s wet weather. The steps are all concreted and easy to follow with barriers to hold.
Leading on from Dhoon Glen Waterall, you walk down an enchanting canopy of trees towards a beautiful pebbly beach, the cove of Dhoon Bay.
Nestled within the steep valley, you’ll find amazing rock formations and hear nothing but the sounds of the waves crashing and birds tweeting.
It’s a great place to perch yourself on a rock and enjoy a picnic. We definitely recommend packing some food and spending some time in nature as it’s a real gem.
On the way back, the trail leads you over the cliffs, offering the most stunning views of Dhoon Bay. Back through the enchanting forest you go and to the car park.
If you miss the turning down to the waterfall on the way down, you’ll head straight to the beach first, like we did.
If this is the case, then take the other trail back up the steps and you’ll pass the waterfall on the way back. It’s just a circuit walk so it doesn’t matter which way round you do it.
There are toilets, as well a picnic area at the top.
Overall, one of our favourite things to do in the Isle Of Man.
Where To Stay On The Isle Of Man
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.
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.
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.