Cormorant in silhouette on rock, eider off-shore. Sunlight illuminated Castletown across the bay.
Always the possibility of wildlife drama.
The geology at Scarlett Point is remarkable. There's limestone pavement criss-crossed with fissures and pock-marked as if someone strode over tropical sands and their footsteps fossilised. There has been quarrying for limestone both on the shore and inland. In the 11th century Castle Rushen was built from its limestone. As was much of Castletown.
There are images I'd like to show, but cannot. The merlin we saw, too fast, too far off. Masquerading as a Cistercian monk?
At Rushen Castle there's a picture of Bosworth Field and a Stanley Earl of Derby kneeling at the feet of the victorious Henry Tudor and presenting him with the crown. The Stanley Earls of Derby were a significant presence but they chose to live within their castle walls but in a comfortable house. All those dark spiral staircases and a labyrinth of rooms! Strolling outdoors, within the walls of Peel Castle, we dance on the grass to the strains of Elizabethan music, we come upon the grave of a Viking lady whom we'll meet again in the excellent museum at Douglas. And at Peel at the House of Mannanin.
For geology at Scarlett Point; Culture Vannin Scarlett Landscape