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    Seal Watching at the Point of Ayre

    by Kristymamoo Written Jun 16, 2008

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    The point of Ayre is the most Northerly point on the Isle of Man. There isn't much there at all - no cafe so bring a thermos and a picnic and most importantly - NO TOILET!!! There is a visitor centre here which is quite interesting.

    This is a beautiful, rugged spot and is a great place for spotting seals, dolphins and even basking sharks.

    I always have trouble finding this place (not sure why - it's quite simply as far North as you can go!) but it is always well worth the effort.

    You will need to wear good solid footwear as the entire area is made up of pebbles so not easy walking ground at all. The water up here is beautiful and well worth a dip if it is warm and you are feeling brave!!! You do need to be aware that there are many different and strong currents up here though so you will need to take extra care.

    It's very exposed up here and can get quite windy! Take a guess which fog-horn is most effective!!!
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    Kirk Lonan

    by kit_mc Updated Jan 2, 2008

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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.

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    Snuff the Wind Mine

    by kit_mc Written Jan 2, 2008

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    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.

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    Niarbyl

    by kit_mc Written Jan 1, 2008

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    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.

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    Glen Maye

    by kit_mc Written Jan 1, 2008

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    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.

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    See the Seven Kingdoms.....

    by Kristymamoo Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    Snaefell is the highest peak on the Isle of Man at 2036ft. The view from the top is stunning - on a good, clear day you can get a 360° view of the Island and you can see the "Seven Kingdoms", these being:

    - The Kingdoms of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales;
    - The Kingdom of Heaven;
    - The Kingdom of the Sea; and
    - The Kingdom of Man!

    There are two ways to reach the top of the mountain. You can either catch an electric tram in Laxey, or you can walk - either way is an experience not to be missed! If you choose to walk though do not fall into the trap of thinking that following the tram tracks will be an easier option - it isn't!! This route is a lot further as you have to go round the mountain rather than straight up it.

    To walk up you can drive to the museum on the mountain road and park there. There is a path which will take you to the summit - on a good day there will be a few people using this so easy to spot. Most of the walk is steep any way but the last little bit is VERY steep - hard work but good for the legs!!

    Once reaching the top you will find a cafe and visitors centre offering welcome refreshments and you will be rewarded with some amazing views!! As it is possible to reach the summit by tram there are no limitations on mobility for this experience - everyone can get there!

    Don't forget to take some money with you becaause you will need a drink when you get to the top - and also don't forget your camera!!!

    Electric Tram from Laxey operates April - September.
    Current price (2007 season) Laxey to Summit single £4.80 and return £7.80
    Children under 5: FREE (limit 2 per paying adult)
    One child (ages 5-16): FREE with each full-paying adult
    Other children half standard fare.

    Made it to the top! View to the top!! Higher than anyone else on the Island!!!!
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    Dhoon Beach

    by Kristymamoo Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    Dhoon Beach is one of those wonderful places that can only be reached on foot. It is a difficult walk (and the walk back is tortorous!!) but it is so worth it.

    You reach Dhoon Beach by taking a walk through Dhoon Glen. There are many glens to explore on the Island but this is easily one of the best. A dramatic waterfall tumbles all the way down this steep glen and when you eventually reach the beach you are surrounded by some stunning cliff faces. The combination of sheer cliff face and greenery is amazing and when you look up and realise how far down you have climbed you really begin to dread the walk back!

    This is a very rocky beach so if you were thinking of finding somewhere secluded to go bathing this would not be the place - ideal if you just want somewhere to be quietly though.

    The walk through the glen is very steep and at times treacherous so is unsuitable for children and anyone with mobility problems.

    You can find Dhoon Glen on the coast road between Laxey and Ramsey.

    First view of beach from the glen The Waterfall The Glen
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    King William's College

    by KristaB Updated Sep 13, 2004

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    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.

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    Glenn Maye Waterfall

    by KristaB Updated Jul 17, 2004

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    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.

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    Laxey village

    by orlikins Updated Aug 17, 2003

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    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! :)

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    Sitting Statue

    by orlikins Written Aug 16, 2003

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    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 :-)

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    Laxey mines

    by orlikins Written Aug 17, 2003

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    Again, another feature of Laxey Waterwheel park & glens. Need to put on a hard hat when visiting the mines.

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