We were up and away early this morning ready for our boat trip around The Calf of Man. When we arrived at Port St Mary we received a text from Steve to say that the trip had been cancelled due to the wind! We went to the breakwater to see the boat and met Steve there. He and his father have been doing trips in the same boat for 40 years.
We drove to the Calf of Man, and it was, indeed, very windy!
We carried on to Douglas and saw the Grandstand at the starting point of the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) motorbike races. The race covers 37 miles of public roads, with bikers doing average speeds of 135 miles an hour! The race has not taken place for two years due to Covid.
After lunch in Douglas we drove to St John’s to see Tynwald Hill. The word Tynwald is of Viking origin, meaning Parliament field. On 5th July every year the Manx Parliament meet here and new laws are claimed. This parliament is over 1000 years old and is the oldest parliament in the world with an unbroken existence.
We drove back to Peel and sat by the beach with an ice cream.
Later, in the evening, we went back to the beach.
The sand was absolutely covered in scallop shells.
Tomorrow is our last day on the island …… but not the last day of the holiday!
We had a drive across the hills seeing some of the sights we glimpsed from the tram yesterday.
We watched the bridge swing open.
We had lunch overlooking the bridge, then drove to Laxey. Due to Covid the Laxey wheel has been closed to visitors until now. Today it was open for a private group but on Friday it opens to the public, so we will be back!
Tomorrow is our last full day on the island. Fingers crossed for a calm day tomorrow!
Although today dawned very foggy we stuck with our plan and drove through the fog across the hills to Douglas. We got on a tram on the Manx Electric Railway to the end of the line at Ramsey, 17 miles of stunning scenery.
After a light lunch at Ramsey we got the tram back to Laxey, roughly half way back.
At Laxey we got the Snaefell Mountain Railway to the highest point on the island.
It turned out to be a beautiful day after a cold and misty start at 13°, ending up a sunny and warm 24°.
Today started off a bit showery so we drove to Castletown to visit Castle Rushen, one of Europe’s best preserved mediaeval fortresses. The spiral stone staircases are worth the climb for the views at the top!
The rooms contained sights and sounds (but thankfully not the smells) of castle life!
We drove back to Peel and had a lovely lunch in ‘The Creek’ pub by the harbour.
After lunch we popped across the road to The House of Manannan, an interactive museum that uses video, audio and authentic recreations to bring the island’s Celtic and Viking history to life (and this one did include smells!).
Tomorrow looks to be a lot brighter so we will be off up Snaefell.