The Isle of Man coast looking south from a hill just outside Peel

     

Dawn over the farms outside Peel

     

Watching the sun rise

     

Fire

     

The flowers on the hillside outside Knockaloe Beg Farm

     

Coastal footpath

     

Dawn over Knockaloe Beg farm

     

Dawn outside Peel

     

A 7am hike

     

The western Manx coast just before sunrise

     

Sheep! On a farm that has around 1000 sheep

     

Dawn outside Peel

     

A sheep's skull on a farm

     

A neuroscientist explaining which bit of  the skull was used for  what

     

Sheep's skull

     

The sleeping tow of Peel at 7am

     

Douglas Head Lighthouse

     

The rocks outside Douglas with a small concrete bunker

     

The Camera Obscura that projects images of the surrounding Douglas Bay (without the use of lens)

     

A Manx Electric Railway car with benches whose backrests can be manually rotated so the whole car doesn't have to be turned around at the last stop

     

Spring in Douglas

     

The Manx Electric Railway's open-air and closed carriages

     

Terraced housing in Douglas

     

Angler tending to the catch after pointing out a baby seal swimming near the pier

     

Fog over the Douglas lighthouse

     

At low tide you can walk a hundred metres from here before you reach the water

     

Unrealistically green Manx lawn

     

1943 litres

     

The port of Douglas

     

Beware! Horse trams! Douglas does actually have horse trams along its seaside promenade in summer.

     

The hunger strike over the prison's smoking ban was one of the biggest news story in the spring of 2008

     

Hutchinson Square

     

Kitch

     

Anglers by Douglas lighthouse

     

'Maximum penalty: f^ck you' - fighting the power on the Isle of Man

     

The Manx find it important to show they're not English; they even paint Britain's standard black litter bins blue to show how much this is so.

     

Douglas Bay at low tide with the Tower of Refuge, a shelter built for sailors who got shipwrecked on Canister Rock

     

One of the Manx Electric Railway's tramcars

     

Park in Douglas

     

Though they paint their litter bins blue, the post pillar boxes remain red unlike their brothers on similarly Crown-dependent Guernsey

     

The Steam Railway at Douglas station

     

Residential Douglas

     

Victorian terraces built during the period when Douglas became a popular seaside resort with the English

     

The three-legged Manx symbol is almost ubiquitous on the island

     

View over Douglas with the Sileau Ruy mountain in the background

     

The scenic Raad Ny Foillan (The Way of the Gull) coastal path leading out of Douglas

     

Stone wall along the coastal road near Douglas

     

Posh hillside villas overlooking Laxey Bay

     

Low tide

     

A walk along Laxey beach

     

This dog had no idea how to get rid of the tennis ball once it had got it in its mouth, so manual intervention was needed

     

It must be great to sail out in this weather

     

Open for hot and cold food

     

Perspective

     

Beachwalk

     

View from the pier in Laxey Bay

     

Terraced houses in Laxey

     

Manx Electric Railway

     

The wooden interior of the Manx Electric Railway

     

Give way to the tram

     

In the valley of the Laxey River

     

View along the Irish Sea coast from the Manx Electric Railway's open air tramcar

     

The Irish Sea from a MER car

     

The termini of the Manx Electric Railway and the Snaefell Mountain Railway (old-fashioned tramcars run on both routes)

     

Path running along Laxey River

     

The TT (Tourist Trophy) race is the main sports event of the island, which has no speed limit on many of its roads

     

Snaefell Wheel, a 15m diameter water wheel previously used for pumping water to help mining operations

     

The port of Castletown, the former capital of the island

     

In the port of Castletown

     

Now agriculture constitutes only 1% of the island's economy

     

Public footpath sign in Poyll Vaaish, with the Manx triskelion (meaning 'three-legged'), present on both the country's flag and coat-of-arms

     

Manx businessman

     

On the train

     

View from Marine Drive, a several mile long clifftop road just outside Douglas

     

A cobweb on one of the stones above the sheer drop to sea level

     

The gateway to the Marine Drive

     

Mist

     

Housing on top of the Douglas Head headland

     

That's a big drop

     

Admittedly not the best place to learn to drive

     

Old cowboy

     

View over Port Erin Bay from the promenade

     

Port Erin Bay

     

The path leading down from the summit of Snaefell, the highest mountain on the Isle of Man

     

Ghost tram

     

Surprise sheep

     

The 'stone' marking the summit of Snaefell. The view was spectacular.

     

The Snaefell Mountain Railway passing through a cloud

     

The mountainside of Snaefell

     

Ascending Snaefell

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