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Wonders of the Isle of Man

Peel town, Isle of Man
Peel town, Isle of Man / Culture Vannin, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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The Isle of Man contains a set of historical landmarks depicting the distinct history of the island.

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WorldViolet Top 22 wonders of the Isle of Man

Geological wonders

Langness Arches

Natural arches formed in the conglomerate rock at the southern end of Langness point. Many other interesting rock formations along the sea coast.

The Eye of Burroo Rock

A large natural arch on the small island of Burroo in the south of Calf of Man island.

Dhoon Glen Waterfall

The most impressive waterfall on the island. Consists of two drops, more than 40 m tall.

Lower cascade of Dhoon Glen Waterfall, Isle of Man
Lower cascade of Dhoon Glen Waterfall / , / CC BY 2.0
Glen Maye waterfall

Picturesque waterfall in the ravine of Glen Maye.

Biological wonders

Sweet chestnuts of Bishopscourt

Two old, large sweet chestnuts, planted in the period from 1698 to 1756.

Archaeological wonders

Thor Cross in Bride

This ancient Norse cross is covered with elaborate carvings from Norse mythology.

Cashtal yn Ard

This impressive Neolithic tomb was built sometime around 2000 BC. Megalithic chambered cairn with five chambers, originally 40 m long. Now remain numerous standing stones.

Cashtal yn Ard, Isle of Man
Cashtal yn Ard / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0
The Braaid

Remnants of Iron Age and Viking settlements. Contains stone groundworks of the round house and Viking longhouses.

King Orry’s Grave

Large megalithic tomb from around 2000 BC. Contains three chambers.

Meayll Hill (Mull Hill) Stone Circle

Hill with a ring of standing stones – with six pairs of burial chambers aligned along the circle. Remains of Neolithic huts.

Meayll Hille Stone Circle, Isle of Man
Meayll Hille Stone Circle / , Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Architecture wonders

Castle Rushen

One of the best preserved large medieval castles in Britain, constructed in the time period from 1250 to the 16th century.

Laxey Wheel

Industrial monument – large waterwheel, built in 1854. It was built to pump the water from the mineshafts. Diameter of the wheel – 22 m.

Peel Castle

Castle on a small island at Peel town. Originally here was located a Celtic monastery, the castle built in the 11th century by Vikings from wood. In the 14th century, most of the castle was of stone. Now here remain impressive outer walls.

Kirk Maughold

A very old church, originally built in 1000 – 1100 AD, much altered since then. Contains the largest collection of early Christian stone crosses in the Isle of Man from the 6th – 13th century – in total 47 fragments and whole crosses. Many crosses are adorned.

Whitehouse of Kirk Michael

Country house from the 1730ies with older parts and later extensions. The white-washed building is located in a magnificent setting with green meadows, forests, and hills.

Monk’s Bridge in Ballasalla

Medieval packhorse bridge, built sometime around 1350 AD.

Old Tynwald Hill

A historical site where laws and decrees were announced since old times – at least from the 14th century. Stone-flanked circular platform. The more recent Tynwald Hill it is the central place for Tynwald Day – National Day of the Isle of Man. This 3.7 m high hill is made of soil from all 17 of the island’s parishes and consists of four circular platforms one on another.

The historical center of Castletown

The historical capital of the Isle of Man. Preserved numerous historical buildings, an old street network, a military parade ground – market place.

Douglas Nunnery

Country house, built in Neo-Gothic style in 1823. Earlier, since the 12th century, there was a Cistercian priory.

Kirk Michael

Church in Neo-Gothic style, built in 1835. Contains the richest collection of Norse stone crosses on the Isle of Man – stones are covered with beautiful stone carvings.


Bishop’s mansion from the 17th century. Beautiful park.

Tower of Refuge

A castle-like structure on a very small island at the port of Douglas. It was constructed in 1830 as a temporary shelter for sailors and others who could survive after ship wreckage – this happened fairly frequently there.

WorldYellow Recommended books

The Isle of Man

Leopold Classic Library is delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive collection. As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering value to the reader, we have also provided you with a link to a website, where you may download a digital version of this work for free. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. Whilst the books in this collection have not been hand curated, the aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature.

Isle of Man, A Megalithic Journey

Neil McDonald has been leading tour groups around the Isle of Man for many years. He is an expert on the ancient, mystical and historical sites that cover the island, many of which are quite unique. Neil has used his experience to create this book that takes the reader on a circular tour of the best sites of the Isle of Man. With detailed descriptions, it also includes directions right up to the sites. This book is therefore an ideal companion on any personal megalithic journey of the island.

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