Another sustaining full cooked breakfast started our day at the guest house we’ve been staying in in Douglas in the Isle of Man. The place has a slight Fawlty Towers feel but without the mayhem, but I’m almost sure the little chap at breakfast every morning is the Major or perhaps Captain Mainwaring from Dads Army.
About nine this morning we headed around the Promenade towards the steam railway station. The steam railway is mostly a tourist venture now, I guess it seldom gets to 30 km/h now but it is a great way to see the south of the island.
The day was spent at Castletown, Port Erin and Port St Mary. Each town has a strong fishing past but there were few working boats to be seen. However each has a lovely harbour and Castletown has one of the best preserved medieval castles in Europe. Castle Rushen was for centuries the seat of power on the island and the home of the Kings of Man and, later the island base of the Lords of Man.
We spent well over an hour at the castle and enjoyed going up and down the narrow spiral staircases. The view from the tower ramparts was pretty special.
Tomorrow laundry in the morning then the ferry to Liverpool.