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Tag: Fishing Isle of Man, Watersports IOM, Kayaking and Canoeing Isle of Man Manx Wildlife spotting
There are about 95 miles of wonderful coastline on the Isle of Man, ranging from sandy beaches to rocky headlands, plus many tranquil rivers and a number of reservoirs, all providing the opportunity for a variety of watersports, fishing and a chance to observe our Manx wildlife.

The safe wide bay of Port Erin provides a playground for sailing on the Isle of Man, and you can  you can explore further along the coastline by kayak by booking a canoeing trip. The rocky shores of the south of the Island are well serviced by boats offering fishing trips from the Isle of Man to gain easy access to some of the most productive inshore reef fishing in the UK.

You can also charter a boat on the Isle of Man to see the abundant birdlife, whales, seals and Basking sharks.

Activities further inland include fishing in the rivers and reservoirs, and for the more adventurous – why not have a go at gorge scrambling

‘7th Wave’ Sailing and kayaking

Sailing and kayaking Isle of Man @ Roy Cottage Self catering holiday accommodation 7th Wave is an RYA Recognised Training Centre, offering dinghy sailing, powerboat and shorebased courses, in Port Erin, Isle of Man.

You could book a two-day powerboating course which provides the background knowledge and training needed to become a competent powerboat driver – no previous experience is required.

During school holidays, their popular Youth Sailing Weeks allow youngsters to work through the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme.

They also have sit-on kayaks available for hire from April to October. You can book on the day or just turn up. Hourly sessions are available and kayaks are for use in Port Erin Bay only.


‘Adventurous experiences’

Kayaka trips Isle of Man @ Roy Cottage Self catering holiday accommodation Adventurous Experiences provide sea kayak trips, tuition, evening paddles and overnight camps to suit individuals or groups. They cater for absolute beginners, as well as those with experience.They offer a range of adrenaline-pumping activities including; Coasteering adventures, exhilarating Gorge Scrambles, Rock Climbing tuition, Abseiling and Hill Navigation training.

Take a look at their calendar, and contact them with specific requirements



Fishing  and Fishing Trips

Fishing and chartering on the Isle of Man @ Roy Cottage Self catering holiday accommodation On the Island there’s never far to travel to reach either a river, reservoir or stretch of quiet coastline to enjoy a day’s peaceful fishing whilst savouring the tranquillity of the Island. Here, river fishing is until the end of September, reservoir fishing until the end of October, while salmon and sea-trout fishing take place mainly in late summer and autumn. Please note that a licence is required to fish any waters other than the sea. Licences are available from Tourist Information Centres and Post Offices.The main charter boats ports are Port St. Mary and Peel with Pollack, Cod, Ling, Conger, Coalfish, Mackerel, Tope and Wrasse all sought by anglers.

For more information on Fishing Boat Charters follow the website link, where you can also find fishing tackle available online.




Seals living on Isle of Man - Roy Cottage Self catering holiday accommodation The Island’s waters are home to a sizeable seal population, the vast majority of which are Grey Seals which can be seen in particularly strong numbers at the Calf Sound, where they sunbathe on the rocks at low tide. The Sound Cafe and Visitor Centre is a good place to stop for a drink or a meal and the Sound makes a good place for a picnic.If you’re interested in spotting seals you may like to know; Females tend to be paler than the males , which are also much larger. The females come ashore to breed and give birth, and the pups – which initially have a white coat – begin to appear in autumn.

Common Seals are also seen in far smaller numbers in the harbours such as Peel, Douglas and Ramsey. They are smaller than the Greys and distinguished by a rounder head. Their coats also vary greatly in colour, from black or brown to grey or tan



Basking Shark Watch

Scarlett Visitor Centre Isle of Man @ Roy Cottage Self catering holiday accommodation Every summer, from mid May to mid August, the Isle of Man is a basking shark hotspot, having particularly high densities of basking sharks compared to elsewhere in the British Isles. If you know where to look you can watch them from the shore, no need to even get in a boat!Most basking shark sightings are reported within 1km of land along a 40km stretch of easily accessible coastline on the south and south western shores of the Island. When the seas are calm and the weather is settled and sunny, the plankton concentrates at the surface of the sea and the basking sharks feed on this plankton close inshore. You may even be lucky enough to see basking shark courtship activity close to shore.

The Manx Basking Shark Watch website (a Wildlife Trust project)is a good place to find a lot of information about basking sharks. Of course viewing sharks by boat is an exciting experience, and this website also lists a lot of charter boats, or you may want to try a more unobtrusive kayak trip.