Our journey commences in Douglas, offering captivating vistas from Douglas Head. Here, we’ll delve into how Douglas’ development catalysed a robust tourist industry in the mid-1800s. Our route then traces the eastern coastline along the Manx Electric Railway, leading us to Laxey. A brief pause allows us to marvel at the monumental Laxey Wheel, a colossal waterwheel constructed in 1854 and acclaimed as the world’s largest.
Departing from Laxey, we encounter our first Neolithic site, King Orry’s grave, before tracing the picturesque coastal path towards Kirk Maughold. A fleeting passage through Ramsey introduces us to the world-renowned TT course, where we embark on a brief mountain crossing before descending into one of the valleys en route to the west coast, encompassing St. Johns and Peel.
Peel, distinguished by its castle and charming marina, beckons us for a delightful lunch break. Our journey persists along the west coast, leading southwards to the antiquated village of Cregneish and the Sound. This locale serves as both a breeding ground for the majestic Atlantic grey seal and, on favourable days, a feeding ground for the elusive Basking Shark.
Our voyage reaches its zenith in Castletown, offering a final glimpse of the island’s wonders. Here, the best-preserved medieval castle in Europe resides alongside a quaint Georgian Square and a picturesque harbour, culminating our exploration on a captivating note.