Rushen is on the south-western point on the Isle of Man and includes the small island of Calf of Man.
Port St Mary and Port Erin are the two main seaside towns in Rushen.
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- The Calf of Man Nature Reserve and Bird Observatory is maintained by the Manx Museum and National Trust (MMNT), with Wardens resident on the Island from spring to late autumn. The traditional style 1870’s farmhouse incorporating the Observatory is also a hostel that can be pre-booked for up to eight guests. Visitors need to bring their own food supplies and a sleeping bag. The Calf of Man Island is accessed by small boat operators running return trips from Port St Mary and Port Erin. Sailings are subject to suitable weather conditions, tide and the availability of the boatmen. The Calf of Man image: cc-by-sa/2.0 – © David Dixon – geograph.org.uk/p/3891922
- Chapel Bay beach is within a horseshoe bay backed by a promenade and some grass areas, at high tide you do not have access to any sand. Port St Mary is a village in the south west of Isle of Man. At one end of the bay you have two connected harbours, the inner harbour, with its pier created in 1812, is tidal and dries out from half-tide, whilst the outer harbour, created in 1882, is accessible at all tide levels. Facilities include parking, promenade and a selection of places to eat.
- Bay View Cottage is a 4 star, gold award accommodation located opposite Port Erin beach, with breathtaking views of Bradda Head and stunning sunsets. The property has been renovated throughout to extremely high standards. There are 2 bedrooms, a lounge, sun lounge and a spacious, newly fitted kitchen/ breakfast room with all mod cons, including a dishwasher and washing machine. The sun lounge has been created with a corner window which takes advantage of the magnificent view but all rooms overlook the sea. The bathroom includes a bath with an Aqualisa shower and a heated towel rail. A wifi connection is included and there are televisions in both of the lounges, the television in the upstairs lounge also has a DVD player. The front garden is across the single track road and just above the beach! There is a garage for a car or motorbikes or bicycles and/or for drying off wetsuits, and cars can also be parked outside the garage. Bay View Cottage is close to all the facilities of Port Erin. We regret that we cannot accept dogs or other pets, smoking is not permitted at the cottage and the cottage is not suitable for under 3s.
- The Calf of Man and its offshore rocks have four lighthouses. The original (1816/1818) two lights consisted of two circular stone towers with light keepers accommodation with the two towers, 560 feet apart, aligned to indicate a safe course past the dangerous Chicken Rock. The lights were discontinued in 1875 when the Chicken Rock light was established.
- Spanish Head is a headland on the southwestern coast of the Isle of Man, rising over 100 m from sea level. You can see the island of the Calf of Man lies which lies to the southwest of the head, separated from it by the Calf Sound. The name is thought to arise from the tale of a ship from the Spanish Armada that was wrecked in the area, though there is no evidence to suggest this. Locals suggest that the name may originate from the Manx name for the type of rock in the area.
- The Old House of Keys is the former meeting place of the House of Keys, the lower house of Tynwald, the Isle of Man’s parliament. It is located across the street from Castle Rushen in Castletown, the former capital of the Isle of Man, in the south of the island. The building is now a museum and has been restored to its appearance in 1866, which was chosen as it was when the ‘House of Keys Election Bill’ was passed, making the House of Keys an elected body.
- Castle Rushen is located in the Isle of Man’s historic capital, Castletown, in the south of the island, and is one of the best examples of a medieval castle in the British Isles. Today, it is run as a museum depicting the history of the Kings and Lords of Mann with most rooms open to the public during the season March to October.
- The Langness Lighthouse was established in 1880 at Dreswick Point on the eastern side. The lighthouse has a white tower 19 metres high and incorporates 77 steps to the top of the tower. Langness Lighthouse image: cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Phil Catterall – geograph.org.uk/p/490651