The Raad ny Foillan, Way of the Gull, is a 96-mile footpath around the island. Splendid scenery is encountered throughout, from the rugged sea cliffs and mountain moorland in the south to the glens, beaches and dunes of the north. The path passes sites of historical interest, colourful fishing villages, historic towns and peaceful havens. Two other walks are described - The Millennium Way follows the ancient route of the kings from Ramsey to Castletown, whilst The Herring Way takes a traditional route from Peel to Castletown. These cross the hills of the island's interior and can be combined to give an interesting route. The walks are described in easy stages with suggestions for accommodation en route. The introduction outlines the best times for visiting and walking on the island as well as noting all the detailed practical information needed for a successful trip.
Aileen Evans, now retired after a career in teaching and book production, has enjoyed a lifelong love of the outdoors. She has climbed, walked, skied and camped in many parts of Europe and North America and considers the Isle of Man a favourite which continually draws her to return. She prefers to linger on a walk, allowing time to appreciate views, to enjoy flowers and wildlife, and delve into things of historical interest. Aileen has always enjoyed adventure sports and sampled most, including potholing, wild water canoeing and alpine mountaineering. She still particularly enjoys rock climbing and exploring little known places away from mainstream tourist areas. Recently, with encouragement from her grandson, she has taken to mountain biking. Memorable tours include cross-country ski backpacking in France, walking across the remote interior of Iceland and a trek to Iceland's North Cape, the Tour of Mont Blanc and Alpine Pass Route. At home in Lancashire, with her husband Brian and collie Meg, she enjoys her garden, particularly the visiting birds.