The village of Kirk Michael is located on the North West coast of the island less than half a mile from Willow Nook Cottages. There is a village pub which serves food, a local shop, post office, chemist, butchers, church and a garage which stays open until late.
A long sandy beach stretches most of the North West Coast of the Island. There is access to the beach from Glen Wyllin which also has a children’s play area. From Glen Wyllin beach there is a short walk up the beautiful Manx Nature Reserve called Cooildarry which emerges on to the road directly opposite the lane up to Willow Nook Cottages.
When walking from Willow Nook Cottages it is possible to join some of the best hill walks on the Island. The coastal walks including the round the island RaadnyFoillan (Road of the Gull) and the disused railway line which runs from Peel to Ramsey along the edge of the Northern plain of the Island are accessible from Glen Wyllin.
About six miles from Kirk Michael is the pretty harbour town of Peel. There is a supermarket, restaurants and numerous pubs serving food, take-aways, and a variety of shops including many interesting antique shops. There is also a lovely sheltered sandy beach, promenade and a very old castle to explore.
From the boat
Travel out of Douglas towards Peel on the A1 – this is the famous TT course. Stay on this road and after approximately 7 miles you will come to some traffic lights at Ballacraine Crossroads. Here turn right towards Kirk Michael on the A3.
From Ballacraine crossroads
You will be on the TT course heading towards Kirk Michael and Ramsey and will reach Willow Nook Cottages after approximately 6 miles on this road. After 5 miles you will descend a steep hill with a sharp left hand bend at the bottom. Continue along the straight and when you reach the next set of bends Willow Nook Cottages can be found at the bottom of the hill on the right hand side. Look out for the black and white sign next to a white painted stone wall (covered in red and white crash barriers during TT and MGP periods). If you get as far as the village of Kirk Michael you have gone half a mile too far.
From the airport
Travel north on the A3 for approximately 8 miles until you reach some traffic lights at Ballacraine Cross roads. Here continue straight on towards Kirk Michael on the A3 and follow the directions from Ballacraine crossroads above.