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The Norseman

Type:Driving Route

The Norseman


Trackside on the historic east following the electric railway line is an exciting and varied journey including a ride over the mountain, ancient site visits and winding cliff tops.

Taking the TT mountain course in reverse offers you the chance to climb Snaefell Mountain, opening up a whole host of different vistas including the enchanting panorama of the North on the descent into Ramsey, the Island’s second largest town.

Ramsey takes its name from the Norse phrase wild garlic river and was the most convenient harbour to England, Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia, invaded by Vikings and the Scots in its time. Drive by the 2,241 foot iron Queen’s Pier which is currently under restoration or take a detour to explore the historic estates of Milntown which displays an important collection of vintage cars and motorcycles.

Exiting Ramsey and taking the eastern coast road back to Douglas on your left you can tour around the traditional hamlet of Maughold. Trundle along the country roads to find Kirk Maughold Church at its heart, one of the oldest on the Island and home to the most ancient relics and pre-Norse stone crosses.

Leaving Maughold you’ll pass over the tracks of the Manx Electric Railway and follow the lines journey along cliff edges and leafy glens before reaching the enclave of Laxey Valley, home to the mighty Great Laxey Wheel or Lady Isabella as she is fondly known.

Returning through to Douglas Bay you’ll come to the end of the electric line, continue on along promenade and finish your journey at the Marine Drive stopping for the photo opportunity on Douglas headland or even peering through the Victorian Camera Obscura.

Take time to explore the cultural treasures in Douglas from the Manx Museum or take in a evening show at the historic Gaiety Theatre.

Line Up Venues: Ham & Egg Terrace

For a detailed guide on the route, please click here



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Parliament Square, Ramsey, Isle Of Man, IM8 1AH

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35.6 miles

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