Dog friendly winter walks in the Isle of Man with a pub at the end
Isle of man dog walking with a pub 🍺
Winter is a great time to get out for a crisp energetic walk. Whether it’s a two hour march, or a half hour meander, isn’t it lovely to know that you can plan your route to end with a roaring fire, a pint or a glass of red, perhaps something to eat and a big welcome for your dog 🐶.
We love the south, so here are our favourite dog friendly walks in the south of the Isle of Man with a pub at the end that are good for the heart and soul-mate starting in Port Erin.
My favourite! Starting point and ending point is The Bay Hotel. Walking with the beach to your right, take a sharp left up the sliproad straight after The Bay Hotel. Follow up and veer left, then at the junction turn left then left again onto Ballafurt Road.
Second right onto St Marys Road, and follow the road to Port St Mary. Join up at the junction with Howe Road, then follow the descent to your left onto the main road turning right at the School.
Walk through the village past the Post Office, and you will see a slip road on your left heading towards Chapel Beach . Your dog will enjoy some time off the lead here between . Follow the beach and head towards the end of the promenade. Back on the lead, enjoy a walk around the coast and towards Gansey. Enjoy watching windsurfers, and take a left onto Castletown Road towards the Four Roads roundabout, straight on and through to Port Erin. Back to the beach, and back to The Bay for a well earned sit down, roaring fire and a good chat to the locals!
Around 2.5 km
Hop on a bus (timetable here) from Port Erin to Gansey . Take a left straight after The Shore Hotel following the Colby River. Second left onto The Level and follow the road along to the junction. Take a right and walk along the road, reaching The Colby Glen for some delightful refreshments. When you are ready for home, either bus back all the way to Port Erin or, if the season is right, head towards Colby railway station and travel back to Port Erin in Victorian grandeur.
The Glue Pot
A brisk walk to Castletown won’t leave you disappointed, especially with the dog friendly pubs waiting to welcome you.
Walk from Port Erin along Castletown Road, over Four Roads roundabout and straight to Gansey beach. Enjoy letting pooch off the lead on Gansey beach, then back on the lead briskly walk along the coast following the A5 all the way to Castletown via Ballalough Reedbeds Nature Reserve and the Southern 100 race circuit.
At the junction with Malew Street turn right and follow the road as you walk past the junction with The Crofts and approaching the centre of the ancient capital. Enjoy the sight of Castle Rushen as you veer left taking care of traffic, and you will arrive at Costa Coffee and the Castle Arms, fondly known as The Glue Pot. Take a seat inside or outside, next to the beautiful harbour.
A beautiful walk with incredible views via Cregneash, Meayll Circle and The Howe.
From Port Erin beach, take a left after the Bridge Bookshop and just before Seaview along Ballafurt Road. Continue straight along this road, and pass the Meayll Circle. Reach the junction with Sound Road, then turn left. Third right will then take you to Cregneash for an explore. A left turn guides you parallel to Howe Road, where you then meet it again. Stay on Howe Road, and enjoy views over Port St Mary.
Before reaching Port St Mary, take a left on Truggan Road , which then leads to St Marys Road, and takes you back to Port Erin where The Station will be waiting to serve you a fabulous bowl of chips, an ice cold beer, and something special for pooch.
If you fancy taking a bus from Port St Mary or the train, continue along the Howe Road to the roundabout, take a left on the main road, and you will get to the Railway Station.
The Baltic Inn
6km each way
A nice walk where your dog can really enjoy a plantation, head to South Barrule
Start from the southern point of South Barrule plantation , and head north through the gorgeous woodland and nature. Go past the reservoir and north east through South Barrule Plantation. When you have passed Ape Mann adventure Park, head along the A3 towards Foxdale, and you will find The Baltic Inn after the petrol station on your left.
5km each way
For this one, first hop on a bus to Castletown. Jump off at the co-op and walk around the Castle towards the harbour. Turn right and over the footbridge, along Bridge Street and past the Nautical Museum. Continue along Douglas street with the harbour on your right , along College Green and onto The Promenade . Continue to Derbeyhaven Road, past the vast Castletown beach where your dog can run free all year round.
At the southern point of the beach, back on lead walk along Fort Island Road and towards Langness where you can walk right to the end.
Circle the Island, and walk back via College Green towards the main road, and cross over Victoria Road towards Castletown Railway Station and Poulsom Park where you will find The Sidings.
Another bus trip to Castletown, and to Scarlett, then back to the George for coffee, a lovely cosy dog friendly pub
Starting at the square, walk south along The Parade and Queen Street. With the wild coast on your left, enjoy the beautiful waves and brisk wind as you pass gorgeous houses and scenery. Continue to Scarlett for a quick meander, and enjoy walking back the way you came for a lovely 30 minute jaunt before being welcomed into The George for some cosy refreshments, and hop on the bus bac to Port Erin.
Take the bus to Castletown and a walk to Scarlett, but carry on along the coast until you reach Balladoole Heritage Site and continue to Strandhall, then reach Gansey. A quick run on the beach to tire out your four-legged friend, and a beautiful glass of Malbec in the bar area where your dog will be welcomed in one of the most vibrant pubs in the Isle of Man.
The Shore isn’t too far to walk home to Port Erin and is a lovely way to end the day.
This one involves being dropped off at the top of Tower Road, where you first climb upto the picturesque Milner’s Tower before descending back down past Bradda Head.
After taking your incredible photographs from the top, walk down Tower Road, and take a left along Bradda East. Take the third right turn and follow the signs to Bradda Glen. Have a pit stop here, or walk around the building to take in the views, and descend though the Glen.
On the way, you can walk down to Spaldrick Beach where dogs are welcome all year round, before following the path nearest to the coast until reaching Bradda Head and eventually Port Erin beach. Along the beach to the end, and some off-lead time if restrictions permit for your dog, then past Seaview and at the far end Port Erin beach past the lifeboat station. You will then reach the one and only Foraging Vintners. If the weather is behaving, there's no better way to spend an hour sat outside this lovely bar with your dog.
9.6km or 5.3km
This 2 hour walk takes you from Port Erin through Colby and Ballabeg to reach Ballasalla, but can easily be made shorter by taking a bus or train to Colby as a starting point.
Enjoy a flat walk from Port Erin beach along Bay View Road taking a left along Ballafesson Road. Continue past Rowany Golf Course, and veer right still on Ballafesson road towards the roundabout. Straight over, and along Ballagawne Road, past Colby Railway station and The Colby Glen, and straight through the lovely Ballabeg.
Reach Cross Four Ways roundabout and continue straight towards Rushen Abbey. At the next roundabout turn right and you will see the Whitestone at the junction with the A5 before Ballasalla railway station. Plenty of lovely home cooked food will be waiting for you here, and the railway station and bus stop arnt too far for you to catch a lift home to Port Erin.
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Dog Friendly Isle of Man accommodation at Seaside Cottages, Port Erin beach
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Our cottages sleep up-to six each and are self catering. Dog bowls are provided, and we are located next to Milan Vets, and close to Port Erin Pets where you will find food, treats, ad a grooming service
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