Port Erin – Calf Of Man

The Calf of Man
The Calf of Man (Manx: Yn Cholloo) is located off the southwest coast of the Isle of Man.

The Calf of Man (Manx: Yn Cholloo) is located off the southwest coast of the Isle of Man. The Calf can been seen across the Calf Sound which is narrow stretch of water. Alongside the Calf of man, can be seen nearby rocky islets of Chicken Rock and Kitterland. ‘calf’ translated from the Old Norse word “kalfr” literally means a small island lying nest to a larger one. Visitors can view the Calf Of Man from the sound or can get there from both Port Erin and Port St Mary by boat. Visitors to the Calf Of Man will land either in Cow Harbour and South Harbour. The highest part of the island is in the west some 415 feet above sea level.

The island was purchased in 1939 by Mr F J Dickens, from the original owners the Keig family, who donated it to the National Trust to become a bird sanctuary. The Manx National Trust was established,in 1951 and became a Manx National Heritage.

After a visit to the sound pop over to Port Erin and visit Cafe Red, treat yourself with a cup of coffee and a light lunch and ask the staff for some pointers on other interesting places to visit in the region.

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