Rushen Heritage Trust has been breaking new ground in developing the walking app Isle of Man Walks. Being the world’s first outdoor heritage walk that uses iBeacon technology, we’re also the first in the world to experience some exciting new technical challenges and we’re looking for people to help.

The app has been designed to work offline for both Apple and Android smartphone users, triggered by small beacons called waypoints along the path. Beacons have only ever been used in an indoor environment before – so the wilds of the Raad ny Foillan have been a bit of a surprise to them!

We love the heritage and views of the coastal path in Rushen and we’re committed to developing this trail further. Although our current technical delays mean that we won’t be able to launch as hoped in May, this gives us a fantastic opportunity to expand our walks across Port St Mary and Port Erin.

Our volunteers are continually researching content for the app and we’ve already built a fantastic library of images, films and audio pieces to bring our local heritage to life between Port St Mary and the Sound. These are very high in quality and have been checked by our local team of experts. We’re really excited to be able to develop this further and make our walks even more accessible to people of all walking abilities across a broad range of interests.

We’ll be launching our expanded version of the app later in the year. In the meantime, if you’re interested in joining our group of pilot testers, we would love to hear from you! Get in touch here.


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