In June 2019 I walked around the Isle of Man.
I left my house in London with everything I needed on my back.
The whole trip was 100 miles which took 4 days.
The Isle of Man is an absolutely gorgeous island and I would highly recommend the ‘Raad ny Foillan’ 100 mile footpath for an epic adventure.
Watch the video of my adventure below.
Details about the hike
- I flew to the Isle of Man from London and arrived at around 6pm on a Friday evening.
- On exiting the airport I turned left and headed south-west towards Castleton. Within a few miles, I was on the Raad ny Foillan path. My aim was to walk 5-10 miles to find somewhere to camp.
- I wild camped each evening, covered 20-25 miles per day based on where I wanted to set up camp.
- The route was fairly well signposted but I recommend taking a map and planning the route ahead of time because some parts were not signposted. I planned my route using Komoot. To download to route, click here.
- If you are camping I would recommend trying to stay at the top of the island at the Point of Ayre – the sunrise and sunset there is magnificent!
- I carried a 2 litre water reservoir in my backpack, along with a Water To Go bottle to fill from anywhere along the way. (Note: not the sea!)
- I took snacks for one day at a time and resupplied each day. This takes some planning to be able to stop and buy things mid-hike.
- I ate one proper meal per day when I passed through a town, which I tried to plan around lunchtime.
- The terrain was a mixture of trails, beach (sand and stone) and road. It was a challenge to walk on the beach, which consumed a lot of energy.
- I finished the walk on the Tuesday evening but booked the flight for the Wednesday to return home to take the pressure off. I stayed in a hotel opposite the airport on the Wednesday night so I could get a proper nights rest and a shower – I didn’t think my fellow flyers would appreciate me stinking the plane out ; )
Below is a picture of everything I took on the adventure.
Here are some pictures from the adventure.
The island is more beautiful in real life.
I hope you found this blog useful and the video enjoyable.
If you visit the Isle of Man to do this adventure, please come and find me on social media and tell me what you think.