Douglas - Vikings and Volcanoes Hike
Available all year
Walk long distance Coastal Path.
Historic highlights throughout the tour.
Views over ‘the Plains of Heaven’ across the central valley to the northern hills.
Starting from the Sea Terminal in Douglas we cross the Fairy Bridge and give a greeting to the ‘little people’ to ensure a good journey. After a comfort break in Castletown we visit Chapel Hill Balladoole and then follow part of the ‘Raad ny Foillan’ – the Way of the Gull – the Isle of Man’s long distance coastal footpath around Scarlett Head to see coastal birds, plants, limestone outcrops and volcanic rocks and back to Castletown. The exposed southern coast here is full of historic sites and there are traces of ancient forts and chapels, countryside properties and farms, a WWII radar station and the quarry which provided stone for the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
The historic highlights of the tour are Chapel Hill, Balladoole (home to a Bronze Age burial, an Iron Age hillfort, a Viking ship burial and Keeill Vael – St Michael’s Chapel) which has extensive views over the south of the Island and the Iron Age and Norse promontory fort at Close ny Chollagh.
After a break in Castletown we rejoin the coach and return to Douglas on a route which gives views over ‘the Plains of Heaven’ across the central valley to the northern hills.
Distance 6 km / 4 miles
Grading: Moderate – The route involves crossing several stiles with up to 9 steep wooden steps on both sides and walking on a mix of coastal grassland and farm tracks. Coastal location exposed to the weather. Uneven surfaces with occasional rabbit holes which can be slippery when wet and some areas which can be muddy.
Please bring warm, waterproof clothing appropriate to the weather on the day, carry water and wear stout footwear (boots or trainers / sneakers) with thick tread and ankle support. Walking poles may be helpful, but this route is not suitable for users of wheelchairs, walking sticks or other walking aids.
Remarks: Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing depending on weather for the day. Comfortable/sturdy walking shoes/boots with a thick tread and ankle support. Walking poles may be helpful. (Bottle of water).
Walking information: Approximately 6km/4 miles.
Wheelchair accessible: No.
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