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.

Narrow guage steam railway at Port Erin

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.

Port Erin Bay


 

Port Erin Harbour

Promotional vehicle at Port Erin. 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.


 Landscape view


Calf of Man island

Coastal view with rock-cut steps
 

 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.   

                                 A feline view


 

Thatched House

Thatched House with wild garden


Thatching in process

Reenactment

Suckling calves

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.


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