Raad Ny Foillan: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Start and Finish: Douglas Distance: 100 miles (161km) Total ascent: 11040ft (3365m) Traditional sections: (clockwise over seven days) Douglas - Castletown, 18 milesCastletown - Port Erin, 13 miles Port Erin - Peel, 14.5 miles Peel - Jurby 14.5 milesJurby - Ramsey, 16 milesRamsey - Laxey, 13 milesLaxey - Douglas, 11 miles For context to the … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 6: Laxey to Douglas (10 miles)

Moghrey mie Mooinjey Veggey I made sure to remember to greet the Mooinjer Veggey for the final time as I walked away from the campsite. Today might have been my last day but that was still plenty of time to make myself a target of their nonsense and I'd prefer to make back to Douglas … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 6: Laxey to Douglas (10 miles)

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 5: Ramsey to Laxey (13 miles)

I dipped my red, burned, blistered, bitten legs in the waters after I packed up my tent. The relief from the night of sweating and itching was enormous and now I just never wanted to leave. However, the sun would catch up with me in only a few hours; I did not have the time … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 5: Ramsey to Laxey (13 miles)

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 4: Ballaugh to Ramsey (19 miles)

Well this was grimy. Blisters had popped up on my legs. Were they from the horsefly bites or from the sun? Who knew. A particularly grimy, lumbering bubble was pushing out to the side of my left knee. So much for all this walking looking good on me, now I definitely looked like some sort … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 4: Ballaugh to Ramsey (19 miles)

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 3: Peel to Ballaugh (11.5 miles)

It was only as I closed my book, snuggled into my sleeping bag, and turned over to sleep that I remembered that the Corrin family had not just lived here at the tower, they were buried here. The graves sat on the other side of the folly. Great, was I now going to be in … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 3: Peel to Ballaugh (11.5 miles)

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 2: Port Erin to Peel (14.5 miles)

I did not sleep well; the bites on my legs along with another day's gathering of scratches, stings and the start of sunburn kept me tossing and turning in and out of sleep. I was grateful when light showed, as I no longer had to put pressure on myself to stay here and keep trying … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 2: Port Erin to Peel (14.5 miles)

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 1: Santon Head to Port Erin (22 miles)

A golden morning stretched before me as I packed up my tent and thanked the seals for their nighttime serenade. Of course, one has to thank more than the seals here; you have to thank the fairies. Like the Icelanders that take the mythology of elves incredibly seriously, here the mash up between Norse and … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 1: Santon Head to Port Erin (22 miles)

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 0.5: Douglas to Santon Head (10 miles)

The night before I left, England had failed to bring football home in the final of the Euros and there was outrage and wailing on the streets of Manchester that night. The wailing soon became boring whining as I overheard heated conversations on the ferry from Liverpool and hoped, very much, that in a week's … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 0.5: Douglas to Santon Head (10 miles)