It is a well-known saying in the Isle of Man that on a clear day six kingdoms can be seen from the top: the Isle of Man, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Heaven. Some versions add a seventh kingdom, that of Manannán, (or the Sea).
The plaque at the summit indicates the relative positions of five points from Snaefell as well as their distances:
- 31 miles to the Mull of Galloway (Scotland)
- 51 miles to Scafell (England)
- 66 miles to the Mountains of Mourne (Northern Ireland)
- 85 miles to Liverpool (England)
- 97 miles to Dublin (Ireland).
The Snaefell Mountain Railway is the seasonal electric tram service, typically April through October, which climbs the four miles from Laxey to the summit.
The A18 Snaefell Mountain Road passes over the slopes of Snaefell, and is the highest section of the Snaefell Mountain Course over which the Isle of Man TT Races are held. Walkers often use the car park on this road near the Bungalow railway station (last railway stop before the summit) from which there is a rough path to the peak. The trail has sections of gravel, slate stones, grass, and rock. While the angle of ascent steepens significantly closer the summit, special climbing equipment is not required. However, extra caution is required in steepened areas as the grass, earth, and rocks are often slippery. Average climb time by foot on a dry footpath is approximately 45 minutes.