Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Autumn Trees Bishopscourt Glen

Access: Bus or car
Location: Between Kirk Michael and Ballaugh
OS Ref: 3392
Parking: Ample, close by
Size: 5.3 hectares, 13.0 acres
Type: Mountain Glen

About Bishopscourt Glen

Originally part of the private garden for the Bishop of Sodor and Man. Some of the main features include a mound called "Mount Aeolus", which resembles Tynwald Hill and was topped with two guns (stolen in 1987). Commissioned by Bishop Hildesley when Captain Elliot beat the French off the Manx coast at Ramsey in 1760. Also in the glen is a small lake created from a mill pond, where many ducks and geese make their home. Set at the far end of the glen is a cave with carved stone seat and a stone inscribed with "Creg-ny-Ushag" (Manx for "Rock of the Bird"). Bishop Murray is believed to have taken refuge there from angry locals, during the 1825 Potato (Tithe) Riots. Many features were introduced gradually by Bishops and their families. The glen is now a national glen with well maintained paths.


Bishopscourt Glen - Mount Aeolus

Bishopscourt Glen

Bishopscourt Glen

Bishopscourt Glen

Bishopscourt Glen - Creg ny Ushag (Rock of the Bird)

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