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Railway Ramble: Castletown, Derbyhaven, Langness, St. Michael's Island

Type:Walking Route

Fort Island, St Michael's Isle Chapel

About

Grading: Leisurely
Distance: 11.6 km / 7.22 miles

Start & Finish: Castletown Station

A stunning coastal walk to Langness Peninsular, with a historic fort and keeill thrown in for interest. A paradise for marine and bird enthusiasts.

St Michael's Isle also known as Fort Island forms the northern most point of the Langness Peninsula. Once cut off at high tide it is now connected to Langness by a causeway. The Chronicles of the Kings of Mann and the Isles recorded two great battles here. 

St Michael's Chapel, a 12th-century Celtic Norse keeil, is located on the south side of the isle. On the east side you'll find Derby Fort which was built by James Stanley, the 7th Earl of Derby and Lord of Mann in 1645, during the English Civil War to protect the once busy port of Derbyhaven.

The isle's wild vegetation and rocky coast acts as a natural nesting ground for birds. At the southern tip you'll find Herring Tower and Langness Lighthouse before making the journey back to Castletown.

Advice and Safety Information

Leisurely - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. The route will include un-surfaced rural paths and tracks. Walking boots and suitable clothing are recommended.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Distance: 5-10 Miles
  • Grade: Easy/ Leisurely
Castletown

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Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

By Rail: Take the Steam Railway starting from Douglas or Port Erin, alight at Castletown Station.

By Bus: Services 1, 1A, 2, 10, 10A, 11, 11A, 12, 12A connect Douglas or Port Erin with Castletown. Services 8 & 8A connect Castletown with Foxdale and Peel.

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