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Calf of Man (in Manx: Yn Cholloo) is a small island bird sanctuary near the Isle of Man.


The Calf is a very beautiful and peaceful place, with fantastic views over the sea, beautiful coastline, 3 lighthouses and lots of seabirds.

It is owned and managed by the Manx National Trust with the primary intention of being a nature reserve.

Get in[edit]

Day trips leave from Port Erin.

Get around[edit]

Map of the Calf of Man


  • 1 Lighthouse Calf of Man (low).


  • Birdwatching. Around 33 species of birds breed on the Island annually, around 10 of which are sea birds.



You have to take your own food to the island.

  • 1 The Sound, Port St Mary (On the main island). great view of the Calf.



  • 1 Calf of Man Bird Observatory, IM9 5PZ, +44 1624 648015. It is possible to stay overnight on the Calf of Man from April to September. You may contact the Manx Museum for a permit in advance. The farmhouse is used by the Warden, but has a couple of spare rooms. Water and electricity are limited, and you must be prepared to take your own food.

Camping on the island is expressly forbidden by the Manx National Trust.


Being a bird sanctuary and nature reserve, the Manx National Trust have set stringent rules for visitors referred to as the Calf of Man Code.

  • There must be no interference with the Calf’s wildlife
  • Vessels must not be left unattended at any of the harbours at any time to ensure that the Calf visitor/supply boats have access to the harbours at all times
  • No climbing/climbing equipment
  • No dogs – except Assistance Dogs by prior arrangement
  • No camping, lighting of fires, barbecues or use of naked flame stoves
  • No fishing from 1st April to 31st July
  • No litter
  • No metal detecting or digging

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