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Cycling

Cycling
Cycling around the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is best explored on bicycle either on the quiet roads or on the six designated cycle tracks: The Ramsey trail, Castletown trail, Peel trail, Laxey trail, Port Erin trail and Douglas trail. The start and end points of all trails except the Peel trail are accessible by Steam Train or Manx Electric Railway Tram. Bikes can easily be rented and they can be carried at a small cost on both the steam railway and MER tramway.

Ramsey trail
The Ramsey trail is an easy cycle ride suitable for all, along quiet flat roads of Ayre. The distance is 16 miles and is a relaxing cycle ride where you will appreciate the rural tranquillity set against a backdrop of the Manx hills. Sites of interest along the way include: Ramsey Railway Visitor Centre, The Grove Rural Life Museum, Point of Ayre, The Ayres Visitor Centre, Knock-e-Doonee Boat Burial, Andreas Crosses and Ballachurry Civil War Fort.

Castletown trail
A scenic route which is mainly on small country lanes, the Castletown trail offers a relaxing tour to St Mark's that is easily accomplished by all age groups and levels of fitness. Although slightly hilly, there are no major climbs or descents and has been graded as 'easdy'. The distance of the Castletown trail is 13 miles. Sights of interest along the way include: Castle Rushen, the Nautical Museum, St Michael's Fort, St Michael's Chapel, St Mark's Church, Rushen Abbey, the 14th Century Monk's Bridge at Ballasalla, Shebeg Pottery, the water-powered carousel in Silverdale and Silverdale Glen.

Peel trail
Starting at the House of Manannan, the Peel trail is the most popular trail and should be first on your list if you plan to cycle on the Isle of Man. As well as taking in the coastal port of Peel and its impressive Castle, this 10 miles route goes through the picturesque villages of St John's and Glen Maye. The climb up to Snuff the Wind is well worth the effort with the spectacular views of the Island and beyond.

Laxey trail
The hilly but short Laxey trail is a more challenging route that prides itself on its scenic beauty. Although only 6 miles in length, the initial climb is not for the faint hearted and the trail is classed as 'hard'. There are several steep ascents and descents into pretty river valleys and narrow roads along the way where you will encounter some traffic over the first mile after leaving Laxey.

Port Erin trail
A fairly hilly trail that is 14miles in length and provides an excellent opportunity to observe wild seals at the southernmost point on the Isle of Man and the splendour of the Manx coast at Bradda Head. Other sites of interest along the way include: Port Erin Railway Museum, Meayl Circle, Cregneash Folk Museum, Viking Ship burial ground at Balladoole and Milner's Tower.

Douglas trail
For the keen cyclist there is the hard, 27 mile Douglas trail that provides an exploration of the hilly countryside around the Island's capital. Most of the route is along quiet lanes, there are main roads that need to be tackled and traffic in Douglas can get busy. Key sites along the way include: Manx Museum, Horse Trams, Manx Electric Railway, Groudle Glen and Groudle Glen Railway, Molly Quirk's Glen, Port Soderick and Marine Drive.