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.”