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Things to do in Point of Ayre, Isle of Man

The Point of Ayre is the northernmost point of the Isle of Man. It lies 10 km North of Ramsey. The point can be accessed by the A16 road from Bride.

Ayre Light Tower © Christopher Jones Photography 2007
Ayre Light Tower

It is the closest point on the Isle of Man to the Mainland, only 26 km from Burrow Head in Scotland, and on a clear day you can get a wonderful view, made even better if you pay a visit to the Millennium Field in Bride and use the free telescope to have a closer look.

Point of Ayre Lighthouse © Christopher Jones Photography 2007
Point of Ayre Lighthouse

The name Ayre comes from the Norse word Eyrr meaning gravel bank.

Point of Ayre Light Tower © Christopher Jones Photography 2007
Point of Ayre Light Tower

Strong currents off-shore cause an ever changing build-up of shingle which literally means the beach changes shape with each tide.

Point of Ayre dunes © Christopher Jones Photography 2007
Point of Ayre dunes

Fishing at the point is second to none due to the tidal activity.

Many visitors are attracted by the beautiful carpet of gorse and heather which surrounds the lighthouse and merges with sand dunes stretching to the south-west, providing cover for rare wild flowers and forming part of a Manx National Nature Reserve.

A wide variety of land and sea birds visit the area throughout the year, as do a number of grey seals.

Any trip to the Point of Ayre is not complete without a trip to Bride Tea Rooms, famous for their home cooking and delicious afternoon teas.

Description by Kerry Walker

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