Manx Tholtans

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

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.

You can see more of my pictured Tholtans by clicking the above Manx Tholtans link.

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

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A beautiful old Manx Tholtan called Upper Grange, which is high up on the Narradale track above Sulby.

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Upper Grange Sulby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A Sunday walk into Sulby Glen.

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Sulby Glen Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Sulby Glen Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

 

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A lovely walk up to this beautiful once loved home which is just above Lhergydhoo between the Staarvey Road and Knocksharry on the Peel to Kirk Michael Coast Road.

Talking to a nearby farmer about this old house, he can remember this property being occupied circa 1945 by a man named Killey who had the nickname of ‘Killey the Gull’.

This Tholtan captures stunning and uninterupted views looking, North, South and to the West of the Island.

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Lhergydhoo Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Lhergydhoo Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A lovely walk today to another beautiful old Manx Tholtan, this particular Tholtan is called Croit and is on the sloapes between Druidale and Sulby Reservoir.

Makes you appreciate just how lucky we are to have such a wonderful countryside on our Island.

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A Manx tholtan Called Croit  © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This small group of tholtans are situated deep in the trees in the heart of Tholt y Will Plantation, Craigmooar means Great Rock or Crag.

Craigmooar belongs to a small group of nearby hill farms (now tholtans) namely Killabrega, Sherragh Vane and Bulrhenny.

It is believed that Craigmooar was about 80 acres in total and apparently In 1874, there was a woman and her daughter recorded living here as being unable to speak anything other than Manx, probably some of the last people to be like that on the Island.

This particular group of tholtans took some finding but it was well worth it and makes you realise just how hard life would have been for the inhabitants of these isolated hill farms.

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Craigmooar Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Craigmooar Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Craigmooar Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A lovely walk this afternoon, this image is overlooking the remote but beautiful Tholtans of ‘Upper Grange’, which is high up on the Narradale track above Sulby.

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Upper Grange Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Formerly miners cottages, when I was there today I counted 7 front door entrances but there could have possibly been an other one at an adjacent building!?

The stepped back image of the tholtan with 3 upper windows appears to have been the home of a more senior mining employee.

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Glen Rushen © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Glen Rushen © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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