Santon Travel Guide

  • Fairy Bridge, Santon
    Fairy Bridge, Santon
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  • Leaving a gift for the fairies
    Leaving a gift for the fairies
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  • Local Customs
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Santon Things to Do

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    by Ellie22 Updated Feb 22, 2014

    The Mann Cat Sanctuary is located just outside Douglas, in Santon. The sanctuary is home to a variety of rescued animals including dogs, chickens, goats, rabbits, ducks and geese, but with an emphasis on cats and kittens. The sanctuary takes in unwanted, elderly or disabled cats for rehabilitation and possibly rehoming. The sanctuary is a peaceful, countryside environment where the animals are free to roam as they please, with many happy to stop and compete for your attention. There's also a gift shop which sells a range of handmade items.

    It is usually open from April to September on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons and from October to March on Sundays only. (though its probably best to ring and check with them before setting off, just in case)

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Santon Transportation

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    by Ellie22 Written Feb 26, 2014

    one way to get to Santon is to take the steam railway, which goes from Douglas to Port Erin and other towns along the south coast, including Castletown, Port St Mary and Ballasalla. If you want to alight from Santon then you will most likely need to flag the train down as you would a bus, as it is only a request stop and is unmanned. This means you will need to purchase tickets onboard or once you get to your destination at that station. Santon station is one of the only stations to have retained its original building which dates from the late 1800s.

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    by Ellie22 Written Feb 26, 2014

    Santon is by the A5, which goes between Castletown and Douglas. If you want to visit fairy Bridge then take the A5 as it goes over it.

    Fairy Bridge

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    by Ellie22 Updated Feb 26, 2014

    Santon does have a bus stop which is served by the #1 and #2 buses which operate from Douglas to Port Erin, via Santon, Ballasalla, Castletown and Port St Mary. You will probably need to request Santon as a stop.

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Santon Local Customs

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    by Ellie22 Updated Feb 26, 2014

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    Strictly speaking we should really refer to the fairies or 'the little folk' in Manx as 'themselves'. But whatever you call them you can visit them at Fairy Bridge in Santon. It is considered bad luck to pass over the bridge without acknowledging the fairies that are said to live there.The site is located on a main road, and is a small stone bridge painted white with a signpost as you come up to it. Don't forget to wave or to say 'Hello' as you cross the bridge.

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Santon Off The Beaten Path

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    by Ellie22 Written Mar 12, 2014

    The central platform of the area is contained within different banks and ditches, which are now slightly eroded. These are most likely the site of Celtic round houses from 1800 years ago. The raised central mound is noted for resembling castle mounds from around the 11th or 12th centuries, around the Norse/Viking period of the Islands history.

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    by Ellie22 Written Mar 12, 2014

    Cronk ny Merriu is a coastal headland fort with a defensive ditch. The high ground it is on gives good views of the surrounding coastline. This would have been ideal for spotting approaching enemies (or looking out over the coastline to take in the views), however the small size of the fort and the poor access to water, would have meant it would not have been able to hold out long in an enemy raid. Just behind the fort are the remains of a homestead built around the time of the Iron Age, though later used and adapted by the Vikings.

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