During your visit to the Isle of Man you and your family will doubtless be spending some of your trip exploring the outdoors and natural beauty of the Isle of Man. The 18 mountain and coastal National Glens spread over the Island are perfect examples of Manx countryside and maintained in a semi-natural state by the IOM Government.
Some of the glens, such as Ballaglass or Glen Maye are known for their beauty with unique waterfalls and plant life making them ideal for souvenir photos or just relaxing evening walks. Those listed as coastal glens lead to secluded sandy beaches where the mountain glens lead to streams and rocky pools.
Alternatively, some are known for their more challenging nature, for example the 190 steps and 40 metre waterfall of Dhoon Glen in the North of the Island. There are also many glens near to major heritage sites such as Laxey Glen, near the famous Laxey Wheel, which can form part of a longer days adventuring around the Island's sites.
The range of glens available combined with the diverse nature of their settings and walking difficulty means they are ideal both as dedicated visits for a day, or as part of a wider walking trip exploring some of the lesser known locations around the island.