Museum, Scarlett, Balladoole and Mull Penninsular, Isle of Man Week 72 10th - 13th September 2012
I was brought up in the Isle Of Man.

Behind sister and I is the house opposite the beach. The four storeys in the background.

A trip down memory lane.

More about Bradda Head later.
The Isle Of Man has Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age, the introduction of Christianity, Viking occupation, then Church and English domination.

This is from the Ballaquayle Hoard of Viking treasure.

The Manx Museum has a good chronology of Isle Of Man history.

A brooch from the same hoard.
Christianity meets Vikings and runes. Very distinctive.

Much more of this later.

This is Gaut's Cross (left). The design has been much copied. The other is Dragon's Cross.

The museum wetted our appetites.

We are staying at Ballasalla and set off for our first walk.

Through Castletown and around Scarlett.

The heron paddling in the Silverburn is showing the effects of a cooling breeze.

Through Castletown and a glimpse of the castle from Parliament Square.

Also the site of the burning of a witch in the 14th century.

Narrow main street.
Around Scarlett are these old lime kilns.

The island is predominantly slate but there is limestone around Scarlett. Used to build the castle and houses in the town.

Looking back at Castletown.
As well as the limestone there is this little bit of volcanic tuff.
Looking across Carrick Bay towards Port St Mary.

Bradda Head visible to the right of centre.

Pooill Vaaish quarry has limestone and also some black marble.

Reputedly used in the Taj Mahal but very difficult to confirm.

The quarry has had a checkered history and there's currently someone looking for planning permission to re-open it.

Difficult to avoid Bradda Head.

Of course we have a water colour of this view on the wall in Brisbane.

The site of a Viking Ship burial. Balladoole.

The stones were placed here after the excavation around 1940 to show the outline. We saw the finds at the museum.

And that promontory again!
The ship was buried in the ridge that surrounded an iron age fort.
The site also has Keeill Vael.

Keeills are small churches. The service was probably held inside and the preaching outside where most people had to be. About 10th century, probably on the site of an earlier church.

Unusual to find such variety in a single site.

This is a Bronze Age grave.

About 1000 BC.

A Canada Goose in the Silverburn on the way home.
Cronk Ny Arrey Laa in the distance.
Following day we caught the bus to Port St Mary to walk the coast around the Mull.

Looking across Carrick Bay we can see Scarlett where we walked yesterday.

The Stack.
The Chasms.

There's an Iron Age hut circle somewhere near but we failed to find it.

Looking back at The Stack.
About halfway round.

Kitterland is the little island. The Calf of Man the larger.

There's a strong current through the sound.

Interesting memories of a trip through it on a small fishing boat in a gale.

Bradda Head. Again.
And finally over the hill to Port Erin.
Apart from another photo of Port Erin there's a mildly interesting dry stone wall.

Slate lends itself to aligning the stones vertically as in the first part of the wall.

Further down they stones are larger and laid horizontally

Port Erin (and the Isle Of Man in general) boomed in the Victorian era as a holiday centre for North of England industrial towns.

It eventually lost to the package tours of Spain and elsewhere. The hotels have now mostly been converted to flats.

Almost the view from the house I grew up in.

We caught the bus back to Ballasalla.

Snaefell, Isle Of Man Week 72 14th September 2012

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