Scarlett Visitor Centre

Run by the Manx Wildlife conservation trust, and situated on the rugged limestone coast at Scarlett, just south of Castletown, the visitor centre provides a small but fascinating exhibition full of maps, diagrams, data and examples of the types of fossils and animal remains which can be found in the area.

There's also a short film shown, showing off the area's rich array of fauna and flora and a small gift shop.

Scarlett has long been an important area in the south of the Island - limestone was quarried here for many centuries, evidenced by the remnants of huge quarries, lime-kilns and the various ancillary buildings and structures connected with the industry. in more recent times, it was home to army training barracks, the shells of which are still easily found. The coastline itself is an area of stunning natural beauty, where waves crash over fossil-filled layers of limestone and volcanic basalt, and you shouldn't miss the chance to take a walk and drink in the experience. 

Natural beauty aside, it has to be said that Scarlett is somewhat lacking in cake-based opportunities. It's still very lovely, though.

Photo by The Katz's CC BY 3.0,


Due to the nature of the area, although there is ample parking, it's not really suitable for wheelchair access. There are no public toilets nearby.

Contact Details

Scarlett Visitor Centre and Nature Trail
Isle of Man

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Opening Hours
Day of the Week Opening Hours
Monday closed
Tuesday closed
Wednesday closed
Thursday 2pm to 5pm
Friday 2pm to 5pm
Saturday 2pm to 5pm
Sunday 2pm to 5pm

The above are summer hours, from 11th May to 10th September


Admission is free.

Published: 26 May 2023

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