Peel and the West
Pay a visit to the aptly named “Sunset City” where you’ll be awarded stunning views of the sun setting, a glimpse of the Mountains of Mourne, and some of the best ice cream in the Isle of Man!
Located on the west coast, Peel is a thriving Manx fishing port with a marine heritage that spans hundreds of years.
Home to an extensive modern marina, the town welcomes a number of pleasure craft throughout the year – many of whom come for the fantastic sandy beach and variety of things to see and do.
The magnificent ruins of Peel Castle, located on St Patrick’s Isle, dominate the landscape and visitors can tour the remains as part of the Story of Mann trail.
There’s also the opportunity to find out more about the Island’s, and Peel’s, history by visiting the interactive House of Manannan museum, the Leece Museum and the unique Manx Transport Heritage Museum.
During your visit you’ll also find the Island’s only cathedral as well as a working kipper curers which offers a fantastic insight into the production of the famous Manx Kipper.
Between May and August Peel is also one of the best places in the British Isles to see basking sharks from the shore. Often up to the length of a bus in size they regularly come within metres of the shoreline and surrounding cliffs.
Near to Peel you’ll find the pretty village of St Johns which is home to the Tynwald Mills shopping centre as well as Tynwald Hill which is an important landmark in Manx history and the location of an annual open air meeting for the Island’s parliament.
Don’t forget to visit the secluded area of Niarbyl Bay, also on the west coast, which is one of the Island’s most important geological sites and offers fantastic walking trails.