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Part 4 of 5: Travelogue in Isle of Man (Bradda Glen, Cregneash, Ancient Churches)

Read part 1 HERE (intro to Isle of Man, where I stayed), part 2 HERE (Snaefell, Laxey Wheel, The Sound, Point of Ayre), part 3 HERE (Castle Rushen, Peel Castle, Old Grammer School) & part 5 HERE (Manx museum).

I took these images using a Sony A5000 & iPhone 6.

BRADDA GLEN

Perched in the middle of the open sea was the tranquil coastal site Bradda Glen, where we climbed the winding path with our pet retriever to Milner’s tower, built in 1871 in memory of William Milner, a local philanthropist. In the summer, basking sharks would take refuge in these Manx waters to possibly mate and feed on planktons. We found the hike particularly pleasant with some vantage points and benches that elevate “pinicking” to a whole new level. Everything is nice when it’s 17 degrees for a Singaporean.

After a good hike, the peak rewarded us with a panoramic view of Port Erin and the Calf of Man. I had never felt wind so strong that every step literally felt like an astronaut’s step for mankind, as it could throw you off balance and humpty-dumpty you down…into a sea of sharks. But don’t worry, unlike their carnivorous brethren, basking sharks are harmless to humans.

Enjoy the pictures. My eardrums were hurt from the wind for them!

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Climbing to Mordor (Lord of The Rings)…

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Jacket: superdry

CREGNEASH

It was a bucket list tick when we arrived at Cregneash, one of the last strongholds of traditional customs, crafts, and skills to preserve a typical Manx crofter’s way of life. Here, Hobbit-like whitewashed thatched cottages from centuries ago, along with the smell of peat fires, will transport you back to a simpler albeit harder time. Apparently it has been a location for several films including Waking Ned.

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I finally got the chance to get up close for a picture of the near-extinct Manx Loaghtan sheep that can grow up to 6 horns! Today, there are less than 1500 breeding females left in the UK.

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THE ANCIENT ST ADAMNAN’S CHURCH (old Kirk Lonan)

As with many old churches found in Isle of Man, St Adamnan’s has been a holy meeting place for thousands of years, going way back before the arrival of Christianity. Like an idyllic garden home, this barren place offered solitude up in the hills, with the gentle breeze and soft rays leaking through the swaying trees.

“Around 447 AD, Irish missionaries known as “Culdees” began to populate the island and spread the message of Christianity. These monks built small shelters called “keeills” and worked on local farms for food, while they served as priests. This site dates back to the 5th century, based on the oldest cross (the Lonan Wheelcross).” – X

Even though I adopted Buddhist philosophy, I grew up with churches and it’s always nice to find simple holy grounds that promote a peace of mind. We don’t need a Kong Hee to scream the word of God while he drives off in a fancy car as others speak tongues to a rock band, in order to become a better person. Most religions are good, but humans are flawed, and we tend to divide everything blindly and forge wars from pseudo beliefs. Be it Christian, Catholic or Muslim, being/doing good is more important than being “right”. 

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Lonan ancient cross that still stands today.

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I dropped by Bride Church too.

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That’s all for this post!

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