Getting Around

Whether you choose to hire a car, take a taxi, travel by bus or step back in time and hop aboard the Victorian rail networks, you’ll find it easy to get around the Isle of Man.

If you are bringing your own car or bike, parking spaces are available outside the cottage. You’ll find Castletown is an ideal base for exploring the southern island as anywhere on the island is within easy reach by car, nowhere is more than an hour away.  Car Hire is readily available and a good option to give you unlimited freedom.  Taxis are abundant, with the largest rank based nearby at the airport.

But, you may wish to leave your car at home because, between them, the bus and train services allow you to see the sights of the Island. You can purchase a Go Explore card which gives you unlimited travel on scheduled bus and rail services, allowing seamless travel across all Isle of Man Transport.

The Isle of Man’s heritage railways are a fun way to explore the Island’s impressive landscape and heritage sites in style. From Roy Cottage the Isle of Man Steam Railway offers easy access to villages and towns to the west of Castletown through to Port Erin, and north to Douglas. It is only about 5 minutes walk to the steam railway station and it offers a good service in March and November as well as at weekends around Christmas.

There’s an extensive bus network – Bus Vannin – that serves the whole Island on a regular basis and run efficient services. The bus stop is only a two minute walk away from the cottage.

Once in Douglas you can journey back in time round the Island, with access to more heritage railways. The Manx Electric Railway is a pleasant way to get from Douglas to Ramsey and back again. Travel along the promenade in Douglas on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, or take a trip up the mountain on the Snaefell Mountain Railway. The valleys of Laxey and Groudle Glen have narrow gauge railways.