Ballacallin Court self catering holiday cottages are an ideal place to stay when attending many of the events and festivals around the Island, and especially in nearby Peel, which is blessed with numerous events throughout the summer.
The season begins in May with the newly established Oie Voaldyn fire festival, which is a reinterpretation and modernisation of the old Manx customs surrounding Oie Voaldyn or May Day Eve.
During TT fortnight there is the very popular Peel Day, a day of motorcycling-related fun for all the family, and it’s free to attend. And it’s the safest place to be on Mad Sunday.
In July there is whole week of traditional Celtic music in venues around Peel. Recently renamed as the Celtic Gathering, it continues a long tradition of Yn Chruinnaght, which settled its main base in Peel a few years ago. Ballacallin is an ideal base for enjoying this annual feast of music.
Early in August comes the Peel Traditional Boat Weekend, and Peel Carnival, often on the same weekend. Both events have a long history and thousands flock to Peel to spectate and take part in the fun.
MANX FOOD SPECIALITIES
Artisan food on the Isle of Man is on the up and up! There’s lots of wonderful and natural tastes to seek out, some old and some new, and the west of the Island is playing a big part in this too.
Food & Drink Experiences
Cook with exceptional Manx produce at the Island’s bespoke cookery school. You can also pick up some fresh local produce and beverages at regular Farmer’s Markets and Food Assemblies taking place on the Island.
With the idyllic Manx countryside, extensive coastline and beautiful bays, the Isle of Man is a wonderful place to enjoy afternoon tea with your family, friends, or partner.
Here you can treat yourself to the most traditional of English rituals in one of the many cafés, hotels, and restaurants that offer afternoon tea.
If you’re not blessed with good weather during your visit, stopping for afternoon tea is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. It lets you experience some of the Island’s exquisite local produce and dry off before your next adventure.
For the west of the Island we recommend Harbour Lights in Peel (be sure to check opening times before you go!), set on the promenade in view of the beach and Castle, a perfect setting. And if the weather allows you can sit out at either the Kiosk just outside harbour Lights, or go around to the breakwater for some more outdoor catering whilst watching the seals and dolphins (as of 2020) in the bay. Then take a stroll around the castle perimeter to walk off the cakes!
You’re sure to find something to awaken your senses and tempt your taste buds. The Isle of Man prides itself on the quality and variety of its locally produced food and drink – from freshly caught seafood to succulent meat and specially brewed beers and spirits.
A visit to the Island is the perfect opportunity to see what our local producers, farmers and fishermen do best. From handcrafted delicious, natural drinks using Manx ingredients at Apple Orphanage, to fresh Manx seafood at Weatherglass corner in Peel you’ll be suitably spoilt for choice.
Or how about Manx Queen Scallops – Queenies as they are more commonly known – which are sustainably sourced from Manx waters?
For meat eaters, you’ll find a large selection to choose from on the Island, including the rich and tasty Loaghtan Lamb – which comes from an unusual horned sheep which is believed to have been brought to the Isle of Man by the Vikings.
And for those visitors with a sweet tooth, Peel is the home to the Islands only ice cream factory, making and selling the best ice cream with authentic recipes from Manx milk and ingredients. You’ll find their ice cream all around the island widely available, but why not try the least travelled flavours in Peel itself in the parlour on the Promenade.
The Isle of Man Farmers’ Markets offer the perfect chance to find out where the Island’s fantastic local produce comes from.
Farmers’ Markets have been in existence in the Isle of Man for hundreds of years – operating as a way for local farmers and producers to sell their wares within the local community. Fast-forward to the present day and the markets operate in much the same way by bringing together a collective of local people who are passionate about growing, making and selling Manx food and drink.
PLACES TO EAT
The Creek Inn, East Quay, Peel
Pub food, specialising in fish dishes.
Filbey’s Little Food Shack, around the Island
The Boatyard, East Quay, Peel
Jade Harbour Chinese, East Quay, Peel
The Marine Hotel, Promenade, Peel
> More choices for where to eat in Peel
In spring the Isle of Man’s natural beauty comes to the fore. In particular the Island’s eighteen national mountain and coastal glens can lead you to hidden waterfalls, coves and ancient ruins. Nearby, the most notable glen is at Glen Maye, which leads down to beautiful stony beach. Or, find secret and sacred treasures in the Island’s Cathedral in nearby Peel.