Calf of Man Bird Observatory – Self Catering Hostel

The Calf of Man is a beautiful island, situated half a mile off the south-west coast of the Isle of Man.

  • Self Catering Hostel
  • Shearwater x 4 guests (Bunk Beds)
  • Chough (Bunk Bed) x 2 guests
  • Fulmar (Single beds) x 2 guests
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As a Nature Reserve and Bird Observatory, the Calf is the ideal location to enjoy bird life, flora and fauna. Around 33 species of birds breed on the Island annually, around 10 of which are sea birds. Estate and ornithological wardens live on the island, from Spring to the Autumn, looking after the island’s population of resident and migrant birds.

Self catering hostel  accommodation is available on the Calf for up to 8 visitors. All bookings for overnight stays at the Calf of Man Observatory are handled by Island Escapes Please contact them directly with any enquiries. As a working bird observatory, accommodation is basic with shared bathroom facilities. Due to water restrictions, showers are only available for the wardens. Guests need to bring their own food supplies and 5 litres of water per guest per day with them. Guests are also required to bring their own sleeping bag, and arrange their own transport to the Island. A stay on the Calf is only suitable for those who are fit enough to cope with the terrain and conditions.

Day trips can be arranged directly with the boatmen.

When visiting, please respect the wildlife, peace and tranquillity of this beautiful island wildlife sanctuary and bird observatory.  Camping and drinking parties are not permitted at any time.  Fishing is not permitted between 1st April to 31st July.

Please note that smoking is not permitted on the Calf of Man. Dogs are not permitted with the exception of guide dogs.

For more details on accessibility please see our Access Guide.



Manx National Heritage and Manx Wildlife Trust have been carefully monitoring the situation in respect of further outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, which has killed thousands of wild birds across the British Isles. Associated biosecurity measures are on place on the Calf of Man.  Before your visit, the following documents and associated map are essential reading:

Avian Influenza – Biosecurity Measures on the Calf of Man

Calf of Man Map – Open Routes


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