The Isle of Man’s Magical Waterfall: Spooyt Vane

If I wasn’t such a city girl, I swear I could live in the Isle of Man! Even a week of rain failed to put me off this beautiful place. In fact, the dreary weather added atmosphere to the mysterious island. When the sun did come out on the final day though, I knew exactly where I wanted to go.

Spooyt Vane waterfall in the Isle of Man

I’d read about a mystical waterfall located in Glen Mooar – heading north on the west coast towards Kirk Michael. The Spooyt Vane, which translates as White Spout in the Manx language, can be found in a heavenly hollow that’s essentially hidden from the world. Despite having visited the ‘Jewel of the Irish Sea’ twice before, as my boyfriend Andy’s parents live here, I’d never heard of this waterfall until leafing through a book on the history of the Isle of Man. 

I was intrigued to read that the Spooyt Vane was an important site for the ancient druid people that inhabited the island and that the water was believed to hold magical properties. After doing further research online and seeing photographs, I decided we had to visit. We took a few wrong turns before finding the right place. For some weird reason, there were no signs anywhere so it was lucky I’d pinpointed it on the map beforehand. 

As soon as we entered the glen, we could hear the water which was no doubt more boisterous than usual due to the deluge in the previous days. We followed a series of steps down to the waterfall and were both taken aback by how stunning it was. With no other soul around and walls of rocks and trees surrounding the area, the scene felt like a little paradise. I was half expecting the Lady of the Lake to appear or for a dragon to fly overhead!

Spooyt Vane waterfall in the Isle of Man

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  1. October 9, 2013 / 03:08

    This does look like a magical place. Are you sure there weren’t pixies dancing around?

    • October 10, 2013 / 20:16

      Aww, wish I’d mentioned the pixies as well.. and the fairies! ;-)

  2. October 9, 2013 / 03:58

    Awesome. Hope you and Andy had a great time. Certainly looks like it.

    • October 10, 2013 / 20:15

      We both had a nice break thanks and made the most of it, despite the weather :-)

  3. October 10, 2013 / 22:51

    Beautiful! I have only heard wonderful things about the of Man and your photos are proof positive that it’s stunningly beautiful and enchanting!

  4. October 11, 2013 / 03:10

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Isle of Man and now I have another real reason to go. How pretty it must be on the sunny day after the rain, especially the waterfall.

  5. December 2, 2013 / 20:12

    After reading this and checking our the photos I think I really could live here :-)