Area guide: Five reasons to live in the north of the Isle of Man

Each corner of the Isle of Man has so much to offer it can make deciding where to relocate to a difficult decision. Locate has produced four area guides - one for the north, south, east and west - to highlight what makes each of them such a special place to live.

Each corner of the Isle of Man has so much to offer it can make deciding where to relocate to a difficult decision. Locate has produced four area guides - one for the north, south, east and west - to highlight what makes each of them such a special place to live.

Ramsey always makes a dramatic impression when it sweeps into view as you descend the Mountain Road or coast road from Laxey. The north has a very different feel to the rest of the Isle of Man with its picturesque villages, winding country lanes and miles of unspoilt sandy beaches.

Five advantages of living in royal Ramsey and the majestic north:

1.  It’s very family-friendly

There is so much to do at Mooragh Park in Ramsey. For the youngest children, there’s a well-equipped playground and a splash zone, which definitely deserves a visit on a sunny day.

For the older kids, there are tennis courts, mini-golf, a skate park and a BMX track.

Meanwhile, for those who want to head out on to the 12-acre boating lake, there's a choice of canoes, kayaks and pedalos.

Curraghs Wildlife Park at Ballaugh is a very popular place to take children. The meerkats are always fun to watch and the indoor and outdoor play facilities, including a giant inflatable pillow,  are great too. The park hosts a range of special events in the holidays.

2.  There is lots to do whatever the weather

The north has a reputation for being the sunniest part of the island. But for those days when the sun isn’t shining there are plenty of indoor activities without having to travel very far. Pepsi Max Bowl, on Ramsey’s seafront, has a 10-lane bowling alley along with pool tables, table tennis, table football and air hockey. The Northern Swimming Pool, in Ramsey, has a variety of sessions for all ages and abilities.

Head further north and there are two transport museums that are well worth a visit. Isle of Man Motor Museum, in Jurby, is home to more than 250 unique vehicles from around the world, including classic cars and rarely seen private motorcycles. Jurby Transport Museum, set up inside a former RAF hangar at Jurby, houses a collection of vintage Manx buses, trams, cars and wagons.

3.  The diverse landscape is home to fantastic flora and fauna

The north is where you can find some of the Island’s most spectacular glens, each with their own character but all fantastic places for a walk. Ballaglass Glen is well-known for its carpet of bluebells in the spring while the steep climb down Dhoon Glen is well worth it to see the waterfall, which falls more than 40 metres in two drops.

At the Island’s northern tip lies the Ayres nature reserve, an important stretch of low-lying sand dune coastline, which makes for easy walking. It’s a wildlife haven. The shoreline is a breeding ground for terns, oystercatchers and ringed plovers. In the summer, you might be lucky enough to see a basking common lizard. And it’s always worth keeping an eye out for a seal bobbing its head out of the water.


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4.  It’s a perfect base from which to explore the Island’s unique culture and heritage

There are a number of heritage sites to visit, all free of charge, where you can learn about the Isle of Man’s past.

Cashtal yn Ard is a well-preserved and evocative Neolithic chambered tomb with stunning views across to North Barrule.

Equally spectacular views are the reward for a short but steep climb up to the Iron Age hill fort of Cronk Sumark in Sulby.

Further north and hidden from the road between St Jude’s and Andreas, is the large 17th century Civil 

War fort at Kerroogarroo.

Many Manx churches and churchyards are home to stone crosses. One of the most interesting churchyards to visit is Kirk Maughold, where you can see Celtic designs and inscriptions using an early Celtic script called Ogham.

Just outside Ramsey in Lezayre is Milntown, an historic estate with 15 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland.

Meanwhile, Ramsey is the most northerly stop on the Manx Electric Railway line from Douglas, a railway full of Victorian charm.

5.  Everything you need is on your doorstep

One of the great things about Ramsey is that everything you need is within reach. You don’t need to travel - unless you want to. Self-contained Ramsey is home to two supermarkets, a petrol station, a vibrant high street full of independent shops, a post office, and popular cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars. Ramsey Grammar School is a well-respected secondary school for students in the north catchment area. The town has a modern primary school and excellent nursery provision. Its cottage hospital has a minor injuries unit and provides services including physiotherapy. A number of the rural villages, including Ballaugh, Sulby and Andreas have their own primary schools and many boast amenities such as pubs, shops and tearooms.

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