Depart the ship and travel via the
‘Plains of Heaven’ – the elevated
highway which bisects the island running East to West
and which is magnificently scenic – and the Southern
Hills which offer panoramic views of the south of the
Island down to Cregneash. This is a hamlet of whitewashed,
stone-walled, thatch-roofed crofter’s cottages,
just as they were in 1900; a heritage site locked in
a time warp. The location has been used for movie makers
on several occasions, most famously for the acclaimed
film ‘Waking Ned’.
After a short stop here, travel the southeast road
to Castletown, the original capital of Mann until 1869.
It takes its name from the magnificent Castle Rushen
which stands alongside the harbour. Castle Rushen is
the best example of a medieval castle in the British
Isles, and served as the residence of the last Norse
King of Man, who died here in 1266. The exact date on
which it was built is unknown, though it is believed
to be around 1200. Part of the castle was destroyed
in a siege by Robert the Bruce in 1313, but was rebuilt
by Sir William de Montacute in 1344. Enjoy a visit here
today with your guide.
Afterwards, return to your ship via the legendary ‘Fairy