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Peel is supposed to the 2nd city of the island, but it's not even a large town. However it's worth a few hours of your time, there is a Manx musuem there and you might have noticed the pics of the castle there by now! ;)
It's about 11 miles from Douglas.
Now this pic was taken from the top of the Laxey Wheel. The local stream flowing through the glen was used to power the waterwheel, overlooking the village.
Directions: East coast of the island
St Patrick's isle
I took this pic from the turrets of Peel Castle overlooking the Irish Sea. Peel castle is actually on St Patricks Isle, which may be a bit misleading for visitors, but it's easy to get to.
Directions: Peel village, Western side of the Isle of Man
Turret of Peel Castle
Located on the west side of the Island
Calf of Man
It's a small island off the southern coast of IoM. We passed it on the ferry en route to Douglas. I doubt if there are many people living there, but apparently there is a bird sanctuary if you're interested. You could probably visit it during the summer. You should probably wear an extra layer of clothing, it looks like a very chilly and windy spot.
Directions: Calf of Man is the "lump" on the left. The strip of land you see on the right is the south-west tip of the Isle of Man
Tower of Refuge
I've seen it referred to as St Mary's Isle as well (identity crisis? Surely not!) It acted as a reference point to warn ships that they were approaching Douglas Bay and not sail straight into the rocks like many a ship before them.
The tower is a bit small in the photo, but I hope you can still make it out.
Directions: Douglas Bay
The Promenade seems to be the main focus of the town, but behind it are the main shopping & drinking streets.It has a certain Victorian ambience to it
Address: Douglas,Isle of Man
The Laxey Waterwheel
It's £3 to climb up the spiral steps and admire the view of the Laxey Glens from a ledge above the wheel. If you're tall, you should be able to glimpse the coast and Laxey bay. Little munchkins like me can manage it on tip-toes or jumping up and down maniacally ;-) The big red wheel is set on the side of a hill, up from the local fire station, overlooking Laxey village. The wheel was originally used to pump water from the mines down to the valley. It still works. Now, you're hardly going to traipse all the way up to Laxey to ooh and aah over a big red wheel. There is more. If you walk up behind the wheel, you can take your choice of 3 mining trails. The longest it should take you is 45 minutes - which isn't so bad. During the summer, you can get the Snaefell Mountain Railway, which starts from Laxey and takes you all the way up to the top of the Island's highest peak. The service wasn't available when we were there, so I cant really comment much more about it.
Directions: North-East of the Isle of Man
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