East Ballabane Farmhouse & The Milking Parlour are at the northern tip of the Isle of Man.
From East Ballabane Farmhouse it is only a 5-minute drive to beautiful and spacious sandy beaches.
There is also the Ayres National Nature Reserve with Visitor Centre and Nature Trail*.
It is only a 5-minute drive to the villages of Bride and Andreas. Andreas has a good shop, a Post Office, and a public house that serves good pub grub. The area surrounding Ballabane is excellent for walking, cycling, and bird-watching.
There is a newly established golf course that is also only a 5-minutes drive away.
The island’s ‘second town’, Ramsey, is only a 10-minute drive from Ballabane Farmhouse. Ramsey’s attractions include shops, pubs, restaurants, the Mooragh Park, a swimming pool, bowling alley, and a picturesque harbour area.
Cycling while on holiday
East Ballabane is situated on the island’s ‘northern plain’ which is largely flat and absolutely ideal for holiday cycling. Bicycles can be hired from various outlets.
*According to the Manx Wildlife Trust, the Ayres is “An important stretch of low-lying sand dune coastline, great for walking and bird watching.
The Visitor Centre sits within the sand dunes, an area which stretches 8 kilometres from Cronk-y-Bing to the Point of Ayre. A site of major ecological significance, parts having been designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest and as a National Nature Reserve.
Leading from the shingle beach, the marked Nature Trail winds through the marram dunes and onto the expanse of heath with its extensive lichen flora. The beach provides a great walk too, with plenty of birds to watch including diving gannets, if you’re lucky. You might even spot an occasional seal.”
The Fuchsias Cottage is at Glen Wyllin on the west coast of the Isle of Man.
The Fuchsias can be found nestled in the peaceful hamlet of Glen Wyllin, which is situated right next to the Cooildarry Nature Reserve. This is a deep wooded valley that stretches for around two-thirds of a mile, and is where a Victorian pleasure garden was once situated.
The bungalow is only a short (5-minute) walk from the village of Kirk Michael, which boasts a general store, a post office, a pharmacy, a butcher, a hairdresser, and a traditional country pub.
The main road through Kirk Michael forms part of the Isle of Man’s famous TT circuit.
The Fuchsias is also within easy walking distance (10-minutes) of some of the island’s finest coastline.
From Glen Wyllin beach the beautiful sandy shoreline stretches for a number of miles in both directions.
Only a 10-minute drive from The Fuchsias is the historic city of Peel – a traditional fishing community that still retains its quaint narrow streets lined with old Manx cottages. Peel has numerous visitor attractions including a lovely sandy beach (undoubtedly one of the best on the island), a spectacular castle, and its own award-winning museum called the ‘House of Manannan’. There is also a smoke-house where the world-famous Manx kippers can be purchased. Find out all you need to know about Peel at Peel Online.
Cycling while on holiday
The area to the north of Glen Wyllin and Kirk Michael has plenty of flat, picturesque roads and lanes which are ideal for cycling. Bicycles can be hired from various outlets.