For those unfamiliar with that Manx speciality, the kipper, it's a smoked herring and a breakfast delicacy - although here I have to confess I've never got round to trying them at that time of day! Traditionally served with potatoes on the Island, they can also be used for things like kedgerees and you can feel good about eating them because they are a fine source of Omega 3! Peel is a centre for traditional curing and the website attached gives details of the process, its history, recipes, guided tours of the smokery and so on. You can also order them online - and you will be pleased to learn that the vacuum packing process is very effective!
Update: one of the kippers in the picture has now been used for a kedgeree (using the recipe on the website). Very impressive! - it gives quite a spicy effect and tastes rather different from the same dish made with something like smoked mackerel.
This was Peel station in 1968. Now a beer bottle depot, at least the station architecture still survives. From Peel the railway used to run to Douglas via St. Johns junction.
The railway still runs from Douglas to Port Erin with the original steam trains.
If you liked the above picture more are available in my Douglas travelogue
Web link below.
Occasionally you may be forgiven for checking your eyesight if you look at Peel harbour at certain times of yesr and see it full of Viking longboats.
On certain dates, (check with the Ilse of Man Tourist Board), Viking celebrations take place at Peel and replica longboats crowd the harbour. A fantastic sight. Take your camera.
Halfway up the mountain of Snaefell is a halfway stop for the mountain railway from Laxey to the summit called simply 'The Bungalow'. This houses a unique motor cycle museum composed on numerous makes that the names of which have now faded into history.
There is a good Cafe there too, where refreshments can be taken. Also, the views from this point are very good and almost as spell binding as they are from the summit.
Between Douglas and Peel stands the remains of the old parliament of the Isle of Man. Tynwold hill. It stands today as a reminder of those far off days of the outdoor debating forum of the island.