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King Orry's Grave

Type:Historic Site

King Orry's Grave © Peter Killey

About

This site is the largest known Megalithic tomb on the Isle of Man and is said to belong to King Orry, an almost legendary character revered by the Manx as their greatest king and founder of Mann. This mythical figure is based on King Godred Crovan, a Viking warrior who created the Kingdom of Mann and the Isles upon his arrival on the Island in 1079. 

King Orry was credited for the introduction of the island's legal system and his arrival on the island is seen as the starting point of Manx history as we know it. He was also responsible for founding the Crovan dynasty, his descendants who ruled in Mann and the Isles for almost two centuries. 

At the site of his grave in Laxey, there are remains of two prehistoric chambered tombs: King Orry’s Grave, the largest cairn, is estimated to have been built during Neolithic times around 5000 years ago by farmers as memorials to their ancestors. 

Across the road is the other tomb. To find the site, follow the sign and path to find the stone circle which is behind a house. It is suggested that the two parts of the graves were connected to form three chambers encolsed by the cairn, but clear evidence for this has been complicated by the construction of the modern houses and roads.

There are illustrated information boards at the site to provide more information about King Orry and the history and discovery of this tomb. 

Ballaragh Road, Laxey, Isle of Man, IM4 7PE

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Douglas – Follow the A2 through Baldrine to Laxey. After the Fairy Cottage garage, turn right down Old Laxey Hill, pass over the Bridge and travel up Minorca Hill. From the stop sign, go straight on at the crossroads and onto Ballaragh Road (B11). From Ramsey – Follow the A2 through Glen Mona to Laxey. On entering Laxey, turn right at the first crossroads onto Ballaragh Road (B11). King Orry’s Grave (East) is located on the right (approximately 50m) up this road. King Orry’s Grave (West) lies opposite on the left, accessed via a footpath behind the house ‘Gretch Lea’. There is roadside parking at the site. Please see ‘Access for Visitors’ section for more details.

Public Transport Directions

By bus: Route 3/3a There is a bus stop approximately 60m from King Orry’s Grave, located beside the crossroads of Minorca Hill/Ballaragh Road and the A2 Ramsey to Douglas road. The A2, which can be busy, must crossed if arriving from Ramsey or departing for Douglas. The bus journey time from both Douglas and Ramsey is approximately 30 minutes. For more detailed information and timetable please see www.iombusandrail.info. When you arrive, walk up Ballaragh Road - a moderately steep road with no pavements. Please see ‘Access for Visitors’ section for more details. 

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