At 2036 feet, Snaefell is the highest point on the Isle of Man and from the summit on a clear day you can see Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. The classic way to make the ascent is by the Snaefell Mountain Railway, over a hundred years old and the only electric mountain railway in Britain. The railway’s tramcars make the four and a half mile, 30 minute journey from Laxley to the summit of what the Vikings called “Snow Mountain”. The views of the Laxley Glens on the journey are breathtaking, and from the barren summit you get a good overview of the Isle of Man’s 17 National Glens. There is a cafe at the top where you can enjoy a bite to eat or drink while taking in those stunning views. Walking is permitted at the top and, if you feel up for it, you can buy a single ticket up Snaefell then follow a trail back down to Laxley, where there’s plenty of room for parking.
The railway generally runs between April and the beginning of November – please check before starting out.
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