Isle of Man Tour- Day 2
Today we visited Port Erin and sites nearby in the south-west corner of the island.
The weather commenced dull and damp but progressively improved.
Our arrival coincided with that of a novelty, narrow guage steam train from Douglas, about fifteen miles away.
Port Erin is a somewhat faded coastal resort but does benefit from an extensive sandy bay. We availed of some refreshments here then explored the harbour.
The Isle of Man TT or Tourist Trophy races are an annual motorcycle racing event run on the Isle of Man in May/June of most years since its inaugural race in 1907
Marriage lintel over front door of harbourside property at Port Erin. This seems to date from 1781.
Sailing training in Port Erin Bay
Next, we drove further south to the tip of the island which overlooks a small island called the Calf of Man. This location offeerd some good views including a few seals bobbing in the water, although too far away to photograph.
Calf of Man island
Heather in bloom
Our final stop was a restored heritage village called Cregnish. This was one of the last strongholds of the Manx language and tarditional crofting customs. As will be evident from the images many of the houses have thatch roofs. One roof was in process of thatching during the visit.
Thatched House with wild garden
Thatching in process
Manx Sheep. Note curled horns
Village in context of landscape
Finally, we returned to our base in Douglas late afternoon and are now planning tomorrow's exploits.