Farm Tours

Farming on the Isle of Man

Smeale Farm Guided Tours

There is a feeling of history and continuity here on the farm and we delight in sharing our environment and knowledge with our guests.

You choose

We can focus on history, food production or wildlife conservation, depending on your interests, fitness, weather and what is happening on the working farm that day. When the weather is less than ideal, tours can be designed to tell our story round the farm buildings, keeping you dry and comfortable.

History

Our ancestors have farmed much of this land since 1515, when records began on the island. On the 350 acres we now farm there is a Viking ship burial (around 900 A.D.), a 5th Century keill (chapel) remains and a bronze age tumulus at the end of the garden to Smeale Farm Cottage, (600-2,000 years B.C.).
Smeale Farmyard’s buildings span from the 1500’s to the present day and features include a wattle canopy fireplace remains, a ziggurat-style fireplace with beehive oven, several farmhouses and the wall of a beggars’ house.

Wildlife Conservation
Smeale Farm is a past winner (2006 and 2014) of the Manx Farm Conservation Challenge “Bronze Chough” Award for excellence in conservation in balance with commercial farming. We can take you “on safari” through this area.

Special events

Watch out for our special interest events e.g. Lambing Live on our facebook page at Smeale Farm Cottages.

Private groups

Private and corporate groups are welcome. Minimum number of 6 required.

Refreshments

Refreshments are available and include tea, coffee, farm-sourced apple juice and cake or flapjacks at reasonable prices.

Don’t forget:

We have some wellingtons to borrow from adult size 4-12. We advise you to wear sun block on sunny days, sensible footwear and trousers.

Book ahead at a mutually convenient time.

Also enjoy lots of farm photos on Facebook via the www.manxfarmhols.com home page.