Read part 1 HERE (intro to Isle of Man, where I stayed), part 3 HERE (Castle Rushen, Peel Castle, Old Grammer School), part 4 HERE (Bradda Glen, Cregneash village & ancient churches) & part 5 HERE (Manx museum).
I took these images using a Sony A5000 & iPhone 6.
We hopped on the Snaefell Mountain Railway from Laxey town, which climbed 2036 feet above sea level to the summit of IOM.
Snaefell, which means ‘Snow Mountain’ in Norse/Viking terms, is the only place where you can squint at all the kingdoms on a clear day, which includes England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
This old Victorian enterprise that stretches 5 miles has been running since 1895 and is the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles.
THE GREAT LAXEY WHEEL & MINE TRAIL
The Snaefell Mountain Railway brought us back to Laxey town, home to the iconic Laxey Wheel aka Lady Isabella.
It is the largest working waterwheel in the world today. Designed by Victorian engineer Robert Casement, the wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from Laxey’s lead and zinc mines 1500ft below ground. Apparently it closed in 1929 but Lady Isabella continues to turn today.
If you’re interested, you can can read up more via the information boards I took pictures of.
For more information: visit the website.
THE SOUND / CALF OF MAN
We then drove to the Southern tip of IOM for a sweeping view of the coastline at one of the most scenic places called ‘The Sound’.
I don’t know where that name came from, but it sits near the Calf of Man; a 618-acre island, separated from the Isle of Man by a narrow stretch of water called the Calf Sound.
The rocky islet Kitterland, between The Sound and the Calf of Man, is a popular ‘haul out’ spot for seals and it’s common to see dozens of them sunbathing on the rocks.
POINT OF AYRE
Now all the up to the Northernmost tip of IOM, closest to the British mainland across the sea, is Point of Ayre.
We would spend our mornings treading along wild grasses with our black retriever Gallygael at the most tranquil and untouched beach I’ve ever stepped foot on (especially in comparison to Singapore city). Seals would even swim just beside us along the coastline.
It was so empty that I only met one elderly couple after a long stretch of walk to the Point of Ayre lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in IOM.
I really wish Singapore had such scenery like this.
That’s all for part 2! Will cover museums, glens and castles in the next posts. 🙂