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Derbyhaven Beach - Isle of Man

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Derbyhaven Beach lies on the south-eastern tip of the Isle of Man and forms a crescent around the shallow, east-facing bay. The bay is protected by a breakwater and the waters here are highly favoured by windsurfers, as well as being used for scuba diving.

The beach is composed mainly of shingle and is backed by a sea wall and the whitewashed buildings of the small village. Beyond the village the beach is backed by a small, grassy verge.

Castletown Golf Links is adjacent to the beach, and beyond that, a narrow causeway leads over to St Michael’s Island, known locally as Fort Island, because of the ruins of a 17th century fort found here. There are also the ruins of a 12th century Celtic-Norse chapel on the island. Both sets of ruins are closed to the public, but there are a couple of walking paths on the island which offer scenic views.

This part of the coastline is a good place to come wildlife spotting. St Michael’s Island is a bird sanctuary, and dolphins and porpoises can occasionally be seen in the waters around the bay.

Type of beach

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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Activities

  • Kite surfing
  • Sailing
  • Wind surfing

Facilities

Nearest town

Castletown

Postcode

OS grid ref.

SC 2852 6779

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Marine Conservation Society Recommended