Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Trip Around The Isle of Man

A brief tour around the south of the Isle of Man.

Leaving the inner harbour at Douglas at about 8:40 in the morning...

...only to find out that the Heysham sailing is due to leave at 8:45. Time to get a move on.

First obstacle out of the way now it's a race to get to Peel before the harbour closes.

The lighthouse on Douglas head. Looks much bigger from the sea.

Port Soderick, scene of the infamous 1997 bottling incident. Yes there were chavvy scum on the Isle of Man as far back as 1997. :)

Can't tell if Jeremy Clarkson is home or not. Cracking photo though by Mrs B considering we were bouncing along at the best part of 25 knots

Approaching the Sound and the Calf of Man from the east. Not the most friendly looking coast in the world.

Passing through der der der..The Sound. Scene of plenty of ship wrecks and numerous deaths. This was the first time I'd travelled through here in over 20 years. The weather turned cold, the sea changed and then the GPS died. On the plus side there was plenty of wild life about.

Mrs B at the wheel as we cruise past Port Erin. An hour in to the journey and we were making good progress.

Opposite Niarbyl looking back towards Bradda Head, Kitterland and the Calf of Man. We knew at this point that all being well we'd hit Peel with plenty of time to spare so took the time to have a drift about. It was high tide and slack water so the sea settled right down. Can't think of anywhere better to be on a day like that.

Peel Castle at 10:30 in the morning. Sometimes you can take the things on your doorstep for granted without having any idea of just how lucky you are.

Sitting outside the entrance to Peel Castle waiting for permission to enter the harbour. Getting plenty of waives from people on their hollibobs, Mrs B was very impressed with friendly Peel.

All we need to do now is find somewhere to park. A great first run out in the boat and hopefuly many more to follow.

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