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October 11, 2019

This time we’re in the isle of Man! Join
us and see some of the sights and attractions in 48 hours on this little
island in the middle of the Irish Sea. Known as the “sunset city” the fishing
port of Peel on the west coast of the island is known for its castle, ice cream
and of course those sunsets. A Viking stronghold Peel Castle stands on St
Patrick’s isle linked to the town of Peel by a causeway. The rugged coastline
and the ruins of the castles outer walls make this an interesting stop open seven
days a week it’s £6 for adults and £3 for children. Take a walk up Tynwald Hill and look
back over the castle and see front. Parking is free and it’s a good spot for
a picnic. If you like your seafood then try Manx
Kippers located just on the edge of town. Down a long winding lane past the cafe
and steep hill you arrive at Niarbyl Ba, secluded
quaint and with a dramatic coastline you suddenly feel like a fisherman from
years gone by. There are fantastic views of the Calf of Man and the mountains of
Ireland on a clear day, you might also spot seals and possibly basking sharks
particularly between May and August. Interesting to know that the fisherman’s
cottage was also used in the film Waking Ned There are a number of coastal walking
trials to take in the sights and smell of the sea. The Calf of Man is a small island of the
southernmost tip of the island. It is separated from the Isle of Man by a
narrow stretch of water called the Calf’s Sound. A nature reserve and bird sanctuary if
you have the time booked a boat trip in or around the calf. Seals are sometimes
spotted on the rocks soaking up the sun. Walking paths stretch to Port Erin or
to Cregneash our next destination. With a modern cafe in free parking it’s
a good spot for lunch and to spend a few hours Cregneash is a small charming village
with a tourist Museum. Home to a flock of rare Manx Loaghtan sheep much of the
village is made up of the Living Museum with the small cottages forming the
exhibits. Inside the Victorian farming and fishing equipment is displayed and
demonstrated. It’s probably the only illustration of farming and crofting in
the 19th and early 20th century. You might also see the plough horses, short horn pigs and the elusive Manx Cat. Parking is at the top of the hill
outside of the village and a 10-minute walk away. Starting in Douglas and steaming east to
Port Erin via Castle Town this narrow gauge railway is the longest in Britain.
Several services run a day and you need to check the timetable on the website as
it varies from day to week depending on the season. Many of the towns and attractions to the
south are near the railway so it’s a good convenient way to get around. A one-way trip from Douglas to Port Erin
will take about an hour. Top tip by a 1 or 3 day explorer card for £17 as it allows for travel on all public transport heritage Steam and the Electric
Railway, so it really is the cheapest way to get around. The scenery is stunning
and it’s a superb way to spend an hour or so chugging along the countryside. We
were heading for Castle Town. Castletown harbour has played host to the World TinBath Championships for the last 48 years. Contenders come
from all over the world to compete. Whilst a lot of fun with decorations and
themes there are strict rules. The bath must be no more than five feet long it
has to be made of tin. As you can see the harbour becomes full
of spectators enjoying the afternoon Sun with a beer or ice cream. On a normal weekend you can visit the
castle, pop in at Lorne House or take a stroll around the lanes of this quaint
town, but today it’s all about the contest and the Tin Bath madness!! Looking for some peace after all that
excitement we drove to one of the many Glen’s picking Ballaglass. It was late
afternoon and we were the only people taking a stroll. The crystal clear waters and numerous
waterfalls along with a large carved fairy make this a magical place. There are various walking trails and a
bridge straddles one of the falls just watch out for the midges we had a few bites!! If you don’t have a car the Glen is
actually a stop on the electric railway that you’ll see later in this video,
so getting is not a problem. Having spent the night in the capital
Douglas at Inglewood B&B on the promenade
we were up an hour early to make the most of our second and last day. We
haven’t covered Douglas in this video but it offers all the amenities of an
English seaside resort. Making our way north east of the island Laxey is an industrial town with many attractions and could be a good place to base
yourself instead of Douglas. The Great Laxey Wheel dominates the
local skyline and is a masterpiece of Victorian engineering. Built in 1854 to
pump water from the attached mine “Lady Isabella” as she’s known is the largest surviving wheel of its kind in the world. Open from April to November between 9:30am and 5:00 p.m. each day entry is £8. Top tip if you’re staying for a
few days consider the explorer card that includes
entry to all the Heritage Sites, this is £34 a day and could be good value
if you plan to visit many attractions in one day A climb to the top offers panoramic
views across the Laxey Valley and if you wish to stay longer there is a walking
trail into the Glenmoor Valley With a hard hat on you can walk a short
distance into the dark, wet and damp mine shaft and see what working
conditions were like for the miners. The Manx Electric Railway runs from
Douglas to Ramsay running since 1893 This service offers vintage Victorian
charm. The halfway point is Laxey and from here you can catch trams to Ramsey
or Douglas but also the Snaefell Mountain Railway as we’re about to do. Return tickets are £12 so again I
mentioned the Explorer day pass for £17 it’s better value if you’re
planning on other trips. The mountain railway runs a number of services each
day be sure to check the website for timetables and note that it’s only a
small carriage so spaces are limited. For 45 minutes you wind your way to the
islands only mountain Snaefell summit and breathtaking views await. If you like
to walk then get off at the bungalow the only stop on the five mile journey, from
here you can walk the rest of the way to the top. At 2036 feet above sea level on a clear
day you can see England Ireland Wales Scotland and of course the Isle of Man. You can remain at the top for as long as
you like there is a cafe with toilet facilities.
The tram will wait for 30 minutes before leaving to head back to Laxey just
don’t miss the last service!!! There are many more things to do in Laxey that we couldn’t fit in. The miniature mine railway the Laxey Glen flour mill, milling flour for the last 150 years. The Woolen mills
home to Manx traditional woolen tweed. We took a break for a beer at the Mines pub attached to the station before heading to Laxey Beach. Back on the train with views of Laxey Beach whizzing by, we headed for Ramsay Riding in the open carriage named
the “toast rack” we enjoyed the panoramic views of the coastline. The train has numerous stops on route to
Ramsey including Ballaglass Glen that we visited earlier. Arriving in Ramsey the tram will wait
for 30 minutes or you can return on a later service. To be honest we didn’t
find much to do in Ramsey so walked to the seafront and the harbour then grab the
Manx ice cream before heading back for the return journey. With the light fading and a flight to
catch there was just time to drive across the island following some of the
TT motorcycle route and into Port Erin for a fish and chips supper. There is so much more to see and do in
the isle of man, one weekend is not enough to cover it all we will be back
for sure. That’s a wrap for this Travel Guide we
hope you find it helpful but feel free to contact us in the comments if you
have any questions or want some help. Remember to like and subscribe and ring
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the #MemorySeekers


  • Reply MemorySeekers August 1, 2019 at 11:18 am

    The Isle of Man is a magical place and we hope you enjoy this video covering just some of many things you can do! Feel free to connect with us in the comments and happy to answer an questions you have. Happy Travels from the #memoryseekers

  • Reply dan finger October 9, 2019 at 5:02 am


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