King Orry's Grave

Type:Historic Site

King Orry's Grave © Peter Killey

Book Tickets Online

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. 

Facilities

Provider Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location
Ballaragh Road, Laxey, Isle of Man, IM4 7PE

Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. Join Snaefell Mountain Railway from Laxey for travel to Snaefell summit. Winding its way…

    0.35 miles away
  2. The source of the Laxey River is located on Snaefell, the Island’s highest peak. It…

    0.4 miles away
  1. Laxey Glen and Pavilion, a favourite among tourists and locals alike, is a popular spot…

    0.45 miles away
  2. Laxey Beach is situated on the Island's east coast approximately 8 miles north of Douglas…

    0.5 miles away
  3. This feat of Victorian engineering and ingenuity is the largest surviving waterwheel of…

    0.64 miles away
  4. Axnfell is on the steep north facing slopes of Glen Roy and has an area of 36 hectares…

    0.82 miles away
  5. Dhoon Glen, known for its natural and rugged beauty, is a small, wooden glen 5 miles…

    1.71 miles away
  6. Garwick Beach, located in the valley of Baldrine, can be found at the foot of Garwick…

    1.92 miles away
  7. Conrhenny Plantation offers unspoilt panoramic views over Douglas Bay, and is the perfect…

    2.22 miles away
  8. Conrhenny is a growing venue for community involvement, with a 5 hectare Children's Wood…

    2.24 miles away
  9. The Ballanette Reserve includes a series of lakes with at least one bird watching hide.…

    2.59 miles away
  10. Ballaglass Glen is a pretty Manx Glen, north of Laxey which is a favourite for artists…

    3.13 miles away
  11. Cashtal yn Ard, or the Castle of the Heights, is a well preserved chambered tomb situated…

    3.16 miles away
  12. Snaefell is the highest mountain and the only summitt higher than 2,000 feet on the Isle…

    3.16 miles away
  13. Two pretty reservoirs, a short walking distance apart, that lie in the hills above Onchan…

    3.36 miles away
Previous Next