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    Bradda Head

    by Kristymamoo Written Jul 9, 2007

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    The walk up to Bradda Head is lovely!! Most of the way is a reasonably gentle walk - it just gets a bit steep towards the top but it's worth it when you get there. This is a walk we have done many times because it's easy for the kids and it's also very easy to get to.

    The view is amazing - sadly the photo's don't do it any justice (poor light, dodgy flash, any other excuse I can think of!). When you reach the top you can look back over Port Erin which is a beautiful little seaside town - and home to one of the best beaches on the Island.

    The children really enjoyed climbing to the top of the tower even though the staircase is very very dark. It can also get very windy when you reach Bradda Head which can be amusing - just don't stand too close to the edge, it's a long way down!!

    At a gentle pace it takes around 20 mins to reach the top.

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    Scarlett

    by Kristymamoo Updated Jul 16, 2007

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    I love it here!! It is one of the most dramatic pieces of coastline on the island.

    Scarlett is an area of extinct volcano in the South of the Island and is well worth a visit just for the "wow" factor. As with many other areas of natural beauty on the Island this is generally very quiet and you quite often find yourself alone here.

    There are also numerous rock-pools here which the kids love to fish in with their nets. Emma visited here with school one day and also found a couple of fossils!

    There is a visitor centre which is open Mon - Sat from 2.00pm till 5.00pm from May to September. Only very small but provides some interesting information on the landscape and the wildlife which can be spotted.

    The ancient capital of Castletown is nearby which is also well worth a visit.

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    Peel Castle

    by Kristymamoo Written Aug 14, 2007

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    The best thing about this castle is the walk around the outside of it. The castle is set on a beautiful spot beside Peel Harbour and surrounded by some magnificent coastal views.

    This is proving to be a hot-spot for Basking-Shark sightings at the moment with regular viewings of 2 - 3 sharks on any one day. There are always plenty of seals in the area doing a spot of "people watching" or sunbathing on the rocks round the back of the castle.

    The walk around the inside of the castle isn't really worth the money (around £4.80 for adults) and you will appreciate the beauty of the Castle and it's surroundings more from the outside - plus this is free so that makes it even better!! There is a burger van on the harbour next to the castle where you get something to eat and a brew.

    Peel is a favourite place for people to head at the weekends so it can get pretty busy. The main attraction of Peel is the walks around the Castle and over the headland and also for the ice-cream shop on the promenade (Davidson's Ice-cream - Gorgeous!!!!). The beach is also a nice spot for families when the sun finally comes out. The sunset in Peel is also stunning.

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    Fun with the kids in Ramsey

    by Feefox Written Jul 4, 2005

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    Play at the park.

    There is a great park in Ramsey. It has a boating lake, crazy golf and all the usual things.

    If you are down this way it is perfect for taking the kids and right next to it is Ramsey Promenade so you can take a walk while the kids are playing either on the beach or along the walkway.

    There is also a bike track here, not for push bikes, (one with all jumps and things can't remember the name of the bikes you use!)

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    Make the most of a grey day....

    by Kristymamoo Written Apr 3, 2008

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    Nothing quite lifts a grey gloomy day more than a stroll down one of the Islands many beaches. Me and the girls had a great morning yesterday on Douglas beach.

    It's free, it's fun and it's good for you!!!!! :-)

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    The Story of Mann

    by Ellie22 Written Feb 22, 2014
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    The Story of Mann is a collection of Manx National Heritage's attractions based around the culture, history and heritage of the Isle of Man. The sites can be visited in any order but I can recommend following the Story of Mann order as it helps you to get the best from the attractions as they really do follow on from each other.

    1. The Story of Mann begins at the Manx Museum in Douglas. The museum is the home of the Manx National Heritage and the National archive Library. Here visitors can follow the history of the island from 10,000 years ago to the present.

    2. Next is Rushen Abbey in Ballasalla where once grand abbey existed. Now in partial ruins, the Abbey tells its story through an interactive Museum and archeological site.

    3.Then the medieval Castle Rushen, in Castletown. Once the home of the Kings and Lords of Man, it has a fascinating and varied history which is shows you through decorate and restored rooms and scenes.

    4. Also in Castletown, the Old Grammar School started as a church in around 1200 AD, and later became a school. There you can go back in time and experience the schoolhouse.

    5. Still in Castletown, the Old House of Keys was once the seat of the Manx Government and now has an interactive presentation where you can join in a debate and vote.

    6.The Nautical Museum is the last stop in Castletown and has a wealth of history about the island's maritime past.

    7.On the west side of the island is the bay of Niarbyl, where you can get away from the action and enjoy a walk or meal at the cafe.

    8.Near Port Erin is the small village of Cregneash, where the old Manx way of life is preserved.the site tells the stories of Manx farmers and crofters of the Isle of Man.

    9. Sound Visitor Centre and Cafe is located on to the tip of the south of the Island and here there are coastal walks, as well as bird and seal watching.

    10. Peel is the next stop and at the House of Manannan you can discover the history of the Celts and Vikings which can be experienced at this exciting, interactive museum.

    11.Also in Peel is Peel Castle on St Patrick's Isle, where an audio tour takes you around the ancient islet and tells you its history.

    12. Moving to Ramsey in the East, The Grove Rural Life Museum was once a family home of the Gibbs and now the house and grounds recreate Victorian life on the island.

    13. Last in the Story is the Great Laxey Wheel and Mines, which was once the world largest waterwheel and deepest mines, and the site serves as a working memory to a once large industry.

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