The Isle of Man is an absolutely stunning place! My wife is Manx born, so she decided a trip was in order to show me her roots. Photography is one of my favourite pastimes, so I hope this will be the first of many posts where I can share it with you.
Peel Castle and Snaefell
As a child my lovely wife lived in Peel. The castle is remarkably well preserved in places. William Cashen was the castle custodian so it’s got historical significance for Chammy’s family too as he’s her great, great grandfather. He is pictured in the Leece Museum a short walk from the castle.
Snaefell is the highest point on the Island. We took the tram from Douglas all the way to the top. On a clear day England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland can all be seen from the peak.
Laxey, Niarbyl, The Calf of Man and Cregneash
At Laxey there’s the famous water wheel, a prominent feature on many postcards. It’s truly impressive in person. At the far end the remains of the old mine from which the wheel once pumped water are also accessible. You’ll be supplied a hard hat and can explore the short length of tunnel that still exists.
The whole of the Isle of Man is a UNESCO biosphere. Since the Calf is owned by the Manx Heritage and is a bird sanctuary under the guardianship of the Manx Wildlife Trust, access is limited to special parties of volunteers and ornithologists. Home to working farms and also a heritage attraction, the town of Cregneash is where the Calf is best seen. The homes of famous Manx men and women preserved in their original states for decades are open for visitation.
Niarbyl is one of my favourite spots on the Isle of Man because it’s tranquil and extremely beautiful. The bay is dotted with paths and caves to explore. Furthermore, it’s another special place for the family because the same great, great grandfather lived in one of the small cottages right on the sea front.
The Isle of Man – Well worth a visit!
Finally, I can’t stress enough how much I fell in love with the island, to the point that we’ll be taking the ferry across again this year for another week. I’ve got much more to share, including photos of the wildlife, castles and attractions but I’ll save them for another post.
Have you ever been to the Isle of Man? Would you consider making the trip across the pond?