We crashed onto the grass around halfway up Peel Hill and just lay there completely motionless, recovering from the short yet relentless climb.
The sun felt so good against my skin; its warmth soothing and rejuvenating at the same time. Then there was the incredible view.
The ancient ruins of Peel Castle, a medieval marvel shrouded in mystery and legend, stole the show to the left while the beautiful sun-drenched coastline with its creamy sand beach and grassy cliffs could be seen straight ahead.
The picturesque harbour was visible when standing up, back-dropped by the village’s quaint building facades and rooftops in chalky white, grey and brown. It was just gorgeous to sit back for a moment and take in the impressive scenery.
Peel is a fishing town on the Isle of Man’s stunning west coast. Well, strictly speaking it’s a city due to the presence of a cathedral.
I’ve been here a few times on previous visits and the scene is always different depending on the weather. Last time during the autumn, the beach and castle looked like this…
But this time when the sun was out, we were greeted with a much brighter picture…
When you walk up along Peel’s promenade towards the castle, there’s another little beach, Fenella Beach, hidden between the cliffs that can be accessed down a slope.
During June, it was filled with piles of scallop shells. The Isle of Man is famous for its Queenie Scallops that are exported to restaurants across the world and it was getting towards the peak season. Most of the shells were in pieces, but I was happy to find one that was almost complete. I’ve now got it displayed on a shelf at home.
Another thing. No trip to Peel is complete without a visit to Davisons Ice Cream Parlour where numerous award-winning flavours are temptingly laid in a colourful display.
Banoffee, chocolate orange, coconut and lime… the most delicious flavours imaginable can be found here!