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Dhoon Glen In The Isle Of Man – A Complete Guide

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Dhoon Glen Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Dhoon Glen

Dhoon Glen Carpark Little Shed At The Glen
The car park opposite Little Shed At The Glen tuck shop and Dhoon Glen Railway stop.
Dhoon Glen Information Dhoon Glen Map Dhoon Glen Walking Trail
The map of the circuit.

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. 

Dhoon Glen Tram Station Little Shed At The Glen
Little Shed At The Glen tuck shop and Dhoon Glen Railway stop.
Dhoon Glen Entrance Dhoon Glen Seating Area
A cute picnic area at the entrance.
Dhoon Glen Toilets Isle Of Man
As well as toilets.

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

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel

GoPro

Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

Dhoon Glen Walking Trail Dhoon Glen Autumn
Autumnal magic.
Dhoon Glen Walking Trail Dhoon Glen Autumn
This part was what they call the wheel casing on the map.
Dhoon Glen Bridge Dhoon Glen Walking Trail
Under a small bridge.

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.

The Bay

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.

Dhoon Glen Waterfall Isle Of Man
The top of the mighty Dhoon Glen waterfall.
Dhoon Glen Waterfall Isle Of Man
The bottom of the mighty Dhoon Glen waterfall.
Dhoon Bay Dhoon Glen Isle Of Man
Dhoon Bay.
Dhoon Bay Dhoon Glen Isle Of Man
More of Dhoon Bay.
Dhoon Bay Dhoon Glen Isle Of Man
Dhoon Bay beach.
Dhoon Bay Dhoon Glen Isle Of Man
Don’t know who that is.

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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