Port Erin Travel Guide

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Sailing in the bay

Sailing in the bay

Asadour Guzelian

Port Erin is a nice, quiet town in the south of the island looking out over the Irish Sea.  On a clear day you can see the coast of Ireland and the town sparkles between the blue sea and the green fields and surrounding hills.  On a misty day you can't see a thing other than the wind whipping up white horses as the sea drives into the broad bay and the town turns a special shade of grey! 

In days gone by it used to be a fishing port (though not nearly as busy as Peel to the north) and became more of a tourist town in the twentieth century with a few big victorian style hotels and lots of boarding houses.  Prior to that it's been inhabited for thousands of years and there are some standing stones on top of the hill overlooking the town that bear silent testament to the early Manx.

Nowadays, there's a budding arts centre (the Erin Arts Centre) which puts on some spectacular shows (especially considering its size).  Its annual violin competition attracts global talent for example and there's always something interesting happening.  There's a golf club too if you're into that sort of thing. 

Away from the culture, Port Erin has a great wide sandy beach and is rarely crowded, with life slipping along pretty peacefully.  Grab an ice cream down in Davisons ice cream parlour on the front and enjoy life.

It's about 15 minutes from Ronaldsway airport (and if you're visiting the island), air is pretty much the best way over.  There are flights from over 10 airports direct to the island and prices are (finally) dropping.  Expect to pay £80-£150 for a return from London for example.  You can also catch a steam train from Douglas (during the extended summer tourist season) - quite an experience.

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