Manx Tholtans

Some abandoned and once loved old farmsteads on the Isle of Man.

This lovely Tholtan was once known as Grammagh Cottage which sits next to the 17th green on Rowany Golf Course in Port Erin, this once loved home was then part of Upper Rowany Farm.

The hill in the background is the Carnanes which leads down to Fleshwick Bay.

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Tholtan, Rowany Golf Course - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse”

A lovely walk today to this isolated building.

It is the site of an old slate quarry workings at the foot of Sartfell Mountain, this building is clearly visible when looking approximately South-East from the TT Course half-way up Barregarrow Hill.

This quarry originally employed about twenty quarrymen, many of whom were Welsh, who came over to the Island following the closures of quarries in their homeland. It closed in about 1874 due to the poor quality of the slate and the buildings subsequently fell into disrepair.

The ruins are those of the blacksmiths shop, stables, a pay office and accommodation for the men.

The belfry at the end of building deceptively gives it the appearance of an old church. In fact, the bell which it once housed was used to signal the beginning and ending of the mens work shifts, which ran day and night.

The old quarry building is very desolate and quite a hard place to get to it has very steep slopes and ravines to cross and a good set of walking boots are a must.

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Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse” - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse” - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse” - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse” - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse” - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A lovely guided walk around Killabregga Tholtans this afternoon with Ballaugh Heritage Trust, this particular Tholtan was one of the two homes amongst all the barns and piggery and threshing house etc. The upright stones to the right of the image were thought to be peat drying stones, where the peat was hung over to dry out.

Killabregga Farm was last farmed in the early 1960’s by the Kinrade family.

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Killabregga Tholtans - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Spring Bank Cottage near to Sulby Claddagh.

I just love this little old once loved cottage which was once a crofters cottage and former home of the well known local charachter called Philly Quayle.

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Sulby Cottage © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A very isolated farmhouse and outbuildings, I actually worked there as a joiner about 35 years ago, where a family were going to renovate it!

This image was taken from the 33rd milestone on the Mountain Road the other day.

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The Dhoon © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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I love this old cottage called “Dinah’s Cottage” at Glen Maye but there is no way I would ever visit that outside loo after dark 🙂

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Dinah's Cottage © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The long abandoned farmhouse of Tholt y Will Farm which is high up in the hills overlooking the Sulby Valley with the traditional Hawthorn tree situated near to the front entrance which was reportedly planted to ward off evil.

I am led to believe that this farmhouse may have also been called “Yn Alt” which translates from Gaelic Manx to “the mountain stream”

This Tholtan in located in such a beautiful, open and isolated area of our Island and I often wonder what life was like back then for the families that lived there.

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Tholt y Will Farm © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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My quest to picture many of the Isle of Man’s remaining Tholtans continued today with a lovely walk up to the once loved ‘Eairy Beg Farmhouse’ which is high up in Glen Helen Plantation.

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Eairy Beg Farmhouse © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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