Some of the highlights of Andreas: Kirk Andreas and the cross collection, RAF connections in and around Andreas airfield, the history of the farm buildings at Smeale Farm, Knock-e-Dooney Viking ship burial and keeill (early Christian chapel).
A great mix of coastal walking and wildlife,with the medieval and modern history of the Isle of Man. Beginning at Castle Rushen, we follow the coast past Hango Hill, through Derbyhaven and onto Langness to see the Iron Age and Norse promontory forts, the landmark tower, the Provider stone, and then on to the medieval chapel and Derby fort on St Michael’s Isle. Look out for birds of the shore and sea.
We explore St Patrick’s Church, Jurby, with its Norse crosses, RAF connections and cemetery then walk past Keeill Kickle, Ballateare and the site of Killane mill. We then dip into the wetlands of Ballaugh Curragh and walk back by Jurby airfield and the new transport museum. From Ancient Viking sites to the RAF; from local wildlife to the chance of seeing a wallaby.
Explore the Isle of Man’s prehistory and medieval archaeology along country roads and tracks. We begin with a visit to the Celtic and Norse farmstead at the Braaid, pass an early chapel site, then past Ellerslie Farm to St Runius’ Church and St Patrick’s Chair, then on to the fort known as Santon Broogh and back through Chibbanagh Plantation.
Starting at the National Arboretum we explore the Royal Chapel of St John and Tynwald Hill. We gradually walk up the side of Slieau Whallian, then follow tracks over the hills to Patrick, with its connections to Knockaloe internment camp, and return to St John’s on the old Peel to Douglas railway line. A real mix of lowland and upland views and landscapes.
Take in the views on one of the best coastal walks in the British Isles! We explore near the Chasms (deeply fissured rock formations), the Sugarloaf (home to kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills), the promontories of Black Head and Spanish Head, and views over the Sound to the Calf of Man and Kitterland with their colonies of seals…..and much more.