Cashtal Yn Ard,  Maughold and Point of Ayre, Isle Of Man Week 74 24th - 27th September 2012
Near Maughold, with North Barrule in the background, is Cashtal Yn Ard.

A long barrow which has been uncovered.

The five burial spaces are directly in front of us. The entrance beyond.

About 1800 BC. The cover probably extended between the outer lines of stones to the height of the standing entrance stones. We are at the "other end".

The entrance.

A bit of a squeeze as the graves are lined up behind that narrow gap in the middle.

It was a bit of an uphill hike for a km from Cornaa where we parked truck at Ballaglass Glen car park.

Cornaa used to be the site of corn and flax mills and further up the glen are signs of a lead, zinc, copper mine. 

Maughold Head forms the southern point of Ramsey Bay. This is the south side of the headland.

We are headed to Kirk Maughold.

Each of the parishes on the Isle Of Man has its own parish church (surprise).

This is inside Kirk Maughold.

Manx cemeteries are surprisingly (to us) relatively large.

Most of the obvious graves are from early 18th century onwards.

Occasionally there's evidence of earlier burials.

Kirk Maughold has the Cross House.

There are various crosses on the Island dating from 8th to 12th century which includes the arrival of the Vikings.

In centre here is Irneit's Cross from the 7th century (#47). Most of the crosses were numbered after being documented around 1900.

It's engraved with Hiberno-Saxon characters "In the name of Jesus Christ Irneit, holy priest, God's Bishop in the island and abbot".

On other crosses there's Ogham (old Irish) script and Runes (Norse).

Roolwer for Hrolfr or Rolf. Scandinavian Bishop of Man died 1060. #98

Viking meets Christian.

We saw the rune stones in Scandinavia. Here the runes have joined the Celtic crosses.

#142. The Hedin Slab.

"Hedin set this cross to the memory of his daughter Hilf".

"Arni carved these runes".

The imagery is Celtic and related to similar images in Northumbria (site of Lindisfarne).

The Hedin Slab has an image of a Viking ship.
Around 1900 the curator of the Manx Museum documented the Manx Crosses and had built the Cross House at Kirk Maughold.

The crosses are categorised as "Linear", "Outline", "In Relief" and "Scandinavian".

The parish churches date from after the Viking arrival as the political system evolved.

Within Maughold churchyard are the sites of three Keeills (small churches).

This is the north Keeill.

There are many Keeills on the Island and its most likely that the parish churches were built on earlier Keeill sites.

North Barrule in the distance.

And Snaefell beyond that.

So we walked up Maughold Head. A bit draughty (what else do we expect on an island in the Irish Sea), looking back again to North Barrule.
The Point Of Ayre at the north end of Ramsey Bay.
Behind the Point Of Ayre is probably Burrow Head or possibly the Mull Of Galloway.

At various times we can see Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England (Lakes District) and Wales (Snowdonia).

The "Stena Precision" passing the Point Of Ayre.

A Ro-Ro vessel on its way from Liverpool to Dublin.

Depending on the weather it passes the Island either to the north or south.

Future wind farms in the Irish Sea will probably force it to a different course.

The Island is slowly becoming longer and thinner as the cliffs further south are eroded and the stones deposited on The Ayres.

Its flatter up here. The land is lefover glacial deposits.

Really the first opportunity we've taken to have the truck reasonably level.

There's still a bit of residual lean of the house from the broken sub-frame (Mongolia) but it doesn't look quite so sad as it did before the replacement of springs.

Suspension is now level and the ride is enormously improved. The harsh jarring we had become used to has been softened. The ride over an unsealed track is like chalk and cheese. A bit of a risk modifying the vehicle at this distance from home but the springs needed a fix. 

Its much less tiring to drive longer distances. We'll claim a success.

Yes. Its real.

Its the fog horn at the Point Of Ayre.

Memory is that its only turned on when its foggy (frequently). I guess the lighthouse keepers wouldn't get much sleep when it was operating.

Last night we stayed at Mooragh Park in Ramsey. Having got to the point we decided to stay the night here.

Maughold Head in the distance.
We are at the northerly most point of the Island.

Had to look at the map and get the compass out to really remember what bit of land on the horizon is called what.

The mountains on the right are the Lakes District. Heysham where we caught the ferry is in Morecambe Bay south of the Lakes. Wales is to the south, off the map. 

Bride, Andreas, South Barrule and Lag Ny Keeilly, Isle Of Man Week 74 28th September 2012

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