The quaint fishing harbour of Peel is a small town set on a rugged coastline dominated by Peel Castle on St Patrick's Isle.
Connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, St Patrick's Isle has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and was an important religious and defensive site through the Celtic, Norse and medieval eras. Peel castle was built in the 14th century and its defensive walls now circle the craggy island shore. Inside there are many ruins, such as an intriguing tower and the original St German's Cathedral, later rebuilt elsewhere.
The long history of the town is celebrated in several museums, including the award winning House of Manannan, which is named after the mythological sea god and protector of the Isle of Man. The Leece Museum is set in the Old Courthouse.
Peel is popular as a visitor destination, with interesting winding streets and a great sandy beach. It is also the home of the Manx kipper, a popular island delicacy. The surrounding coastline has some beautiful cliffs backed by unspoilt moorland, and there are wonderful views from Peel Hill and the monument of Corrins tower above the town.
Peel Castle West Quay, St Patricks Isle, Peel IM5 1TB
Stunning island ruin. Peel Castle information