The location is ideal for those who enjoy the outdoors with wonderful walks and wildlife and dark skies. A perfect location from which to explore the beautiful Isle of Man.
At Kionslieu Farm Cottages you will be surrounded by wonderful walks. We have a selection of books at Kionslieu Farm which give details of various walks from those suitable for families to those suitable for the more energetic!
Our farm cottages are just a short walk from Kionslieu Lake, one of the top 20 bird watching sites on the island.
are within walking distance of the farm. Whooper Swans used to winter annually on the dams which attract a variety of wildfowl including Ruddy Duck (winter) and Breeding Tufted Duck (summer). There is a Hen Harrier roost on Stoney Mountain, a 15 minute walk from the farm. Breeding Hen Harrier, Raven, Crossbill and (irregularly) Short-eared Owl can be found here in the summer.
On a summer evening Kionslieu Hill is the feeding area for pipistrelle bats which roost in the area, it is fascinating to see them
A short walk on quiet roads and tracks will take you to:
The following is part of a walk through the plantation and gives a most accurate description of the area.
…soon Greeba Mountain comes into view straight ahead and at Eairy Kelly which is the building at the end of the road turn left into Archallagan (meaning a small height) Plantation. Once in the car parking area, we are confronted with three gates. Go through the one on the right and head off downhill into the plantation, soon emerging beside the boundary wall with a superb view out to the right over Cooillingel (low nook). This was also part of the Bishops Barony referred to earlier, and the valley down which the River Dhoo starts to wend its way to Douglas. Almost straight
This plantation is over a hundred years old and a perfect place for those who love wildlife and also has many cycling trails.
Foxdale was an old mining village and the remains of many of the mine workings can still be seen. The mines railway which once brought lead ore from Foxdale to St Johns no longer runs but the track is now a public footpath. For more information and photographs visit the Manx Museum or the Heritage Centre in the village.
A well known landmark in the village was built in 1901 as a memorial to Queen Victoria, it is wound by hand and still chimes on the hour.
A 15 minute walk from the farm is the Manx Society of Protection of Cruelty to Animals where a variety of animals and birds find refuge until they can be either re homed, if domestic pets, or released back into the wild in the case of wild animals or birds. The MSPCA also has a cafe so ideal to pop in if on a walk from the farm.