Ballanette Nature Reserve
The Ballanette Reserve is owned by Stewart Clague and is used as both a private house for Stewart and his family, but also as a corporate headquarters for the company, including a visitors’ centre/training facility.
The estate includes a series of lakes with at least one bird watching hide. The coastal footpath runs behind the estate and goes back over Clay Head, giving access to some excellent views across to Laxey and Garwick Bays, whilst Lonan Old Church is a short stroll, and also offers some excellent photo opportunities.
Ballanette is in Baldrine – going north from Onchan towards Baldrine, go past the Liverpool Arms, another 300 yards further takes you over some tram tracks, and about 250-300 yards after the tram tracks, you will see a lane on the right hand side just as you start to enter Baldrine. The lane is marked “Lonan Old Church” and the entrance to Ballanette is down the lane on the left hand side, past some houses. The entrance is quite discreet, marked as “private road – no through road”.