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Ferries to Isle of Man

The idyllic Isle of Man is situated in the Irish Sea between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Less than 60 miles west of the Lancashire coast line, largely calm conditions make Isle of Man ferry connections from Ireland and the UK straightforward.

Although draped in wonderful landscapes, the island's main tourist draw is the Isle of Man TT motorcycle races that run during the first two weeks of June. This festival of frenzy draws motorcycle fanatics from all corners of the world. The Island has escaped the mass tourist trade and maintains a tranquil atmosphere for most of the year.

Enjoy walks around the unspoilt hundred mile coast line, find a picturesque picnic spot, roam through rural villages and sit on steam trains.

Best way to get to Isle of Man

Travel to the Isle of Man is extremely simple with Direct Ferries. The island is perfectly placed for ferry travel with connections offered from England, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Douglas Harbour is the entrance point for all passenger ferries travelling to the island.

If travelling from England you depart from Liverpool, Liverpool Birkenhead and Heysham. Liverpool typically boasts the most frequent services with the shortest crossing time at around two and three quarter hours. Throughout the year, the Isle of Man Steam Packet also operates sailings from Belfast in Northern Ireland and crossings from Dublin.

Isle of Man ferry timetable

The Isle of Man Steam Packet service operates up to 30 sailings a week, with crossings made daily. There are frequent sailings from Douglas to Heysham and Liverpool, journeys to Liverpool Birkenhead, Belfast and Dublin are limited to a couple a week. For the full timetable, use our search tool to see which times and dates suit you.

How big is the Isle of Man?

The Isle of Man is one of the most beautiful spots in Britain, a mountainous, cliff-fringed island just thirty-one miles by thirteen, into which are shoehorned austere moor lands and wooded glens, sandy beaches, fine castles, beguiling narrow-gauge railways and scores of standing stones and Celtic crosses.

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  • "Crossing"

    Our crossing from Heysham to Isle of Man was smooth quick and comfortable

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  • "Ferry crossing"

    Sailed out and back from heysham to IOM with Direct Ferries 15 January and came back on th 17th very pleasant trip both ways,very helpful staff.

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  • "Direct Ferries"

    Travelled from Heysham to Isle of Man / return ticket. Steam Packet Boat, easy crossing both ways. Very good staff service. Recommend 5 stars all round

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  • "Travel"

    Excellent service. Thank you.

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