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Kirk Lonan is one of the 'keeils', or stone chapels dotted throughout the Isle of Man. It has been a site of Christian worship for maybe 1500 years and of pagan worship before then. The building that presently houses the church of St Adamnan now was built in 1833 but ajoins the ruins of the old chapel.
The chapel is open to the public so you can take a look inside. On the left hand side on the back pews there were also a variety of local jams and marmaloades, left by locals. I'm not sure if they are sold to assist conservation but you pop your money in the collection box.
The site is beautiful and also houses several stone crosses of great historical importance including the Lonan Wheelhead cross dating from the 5th century AD, with Scottish and Irish influence in style. In a shelter at the bottom of the graveyard you'll find a number of Manx stone crosses that are also part of the Stone Cross Collection.
Updated Jan 2, 2008
The Isle of Man is rich in a number of different ores and you can find disused mines all over the place. While the best known of these is probably the mining complex at Laxey with its Great Wheel, one that is more off the beaten track lies inland not far from St John's.
Known by various names, Cross Vein Mine or 'Snuff the Wind' was a lead mine in use between 1830 and 1840. Situated on the road from South Barrule to Glen Maye the site gives some great views across the hills of the interior. In winter it looked a bit bleak and forbidding but in summer I'd say this would be a great place for a country walk.
Written Jan 2, 2008
Located a few miles south of Peel is Niarbyl Bay, a beauty spot that is also part of the Manx heritage trail of spots of historic interest dotted all over the island.
There's a popular cafe and some thatched cottages as well as stunning views down the coast. Oh, and chickens in place of seagulls.
Written Jan 1, 2008
A few miles from Peel you'll find Glen Maye which has a pretty waterfall and is also part of a walking track, one of the islands nicest coastal paths, "Raad ny Foillan" or Road of the Gull. The cliffs nearby are a favourite spot for birdwatchers.
If you walk there you can also enjoy a pint at the huge pub above the waterfall before moving on.
Written Jan 1, 2008
This magnificent building is located near Castletown. If you are arriving by plane to the IOM, you will notice it during landing.
It is not a tourist destination, and is not open for general public. Even though you can not enter the building, if you are interested in such architecture, you might enjoy a walk arround and take a look inside the atrium.
The school offers amazing variety of curriculums, and has boarding facilities for students from other countries.
This school is ranked among 20 best colleges in the UK.
Updated Sep 13, 2004
Glenn Maye waterfall has created a beautiful canyon and lake, nested in luscious foliage, under thick shade of trees, with harp-string like sunrays creating magical atmosphere.
Well worth walking down moderately steep stairs. If I had enough time, I would continue walking by the stream, it takes about two hours to reach the sea. I'll do that next time. I have to come back.
Glenn Maye is located near the road A27, between Peel and Dalby.
Updated Jul 17, 2004
Laxey village is quite small, it's one of those places where you can see little elegant old ladies sipping tea, whilst farmers dash around the place in their big jeeps. It's nice, but I suspect it's hard finding young people around the place! :)
Updated Aug 17, 2003
Am not too sure who the status is supposed to be , I *think* it might be one of the famous English comedian Norman Wisdom, but I couldnt swear to it.
It's located in the commercial banking district of Douglas. So if you know who this guy is, pls tell me :-)
Written Aug 16, 2003
Again, another feature of Laxey Waterwheel park & glens. Need to put on a hard hat when visiting the mines.
Written Aug 17, 2003