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To The Isle of Man

Three Legs of Man

Three Legs of Man

Inner Harbour, Peel

Inner Harbour, Peel

An easy crossing of the Irish Sea took us to the Isle of Man at its only west coast harbour – Peel. At high water, and with the footbridge at the mouth of the inner harbour open due to repairs, we were able to go straight in and take a pontoon berth. The inner harbour is prevented from drying out by a flapgate, which is raised as the tide falls and lowered as it rises, allowing entry during a four hour window round the time of high water. At low water it is possible to walk seaward from the flapgate for 100 metres without getting wet feet! Peel is a very attractive small town, the town centre just above the harbour having narrow streets and lanes, with tightly packed old houses painted in many colours. The three-legged Manx symbol is everywhere – on buildings, street furniture, signs and flags – all adding to the feeling of being somewhere different. A visit by bus to Douglas confirmed its city atmosphere and crowds, and a much less attractive or relaxing harbour, so we have decided to remain at Peel for the duration of our visit to IOM.

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