Peel - Vikings & Volcanoes Hike
Available all year
Town on Castletown.
Chapel Hill Balladoole.
Coastal Birds, plants and limestone outcrops and volcanic rocks.
Starting from the breakwater in Peel we travel South to the ancient town of Castletown. 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 Peel .
Distance 6 km / 4 miles
Remarks/requirements: 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.
Walking information: Approx 6 km / 4 miles.
Wheelchair accessible: No.
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