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Isle of Man - Bride

Bride, named after St. Brigid, is a parish in the Sheading of Ayre and lies in the extreme north of the Isle of Man. The parish lies to the east of Andreas and to the north of Lezayre, bordering the sea to the north and east. The parish covers an area of about 9 square miles (23 km2) and contains the village of Bride or Kirk Bride.
The population, according to the 2006 census, is 418 (2001 - 408)
There is a range of sandhills crossing the parish from west to Point Cranstal (not actually a point) in the east, from which a good view may be obtained of the Manx mountains as well as of the Scottish and Cumbrian mountains (with the Solway Firth in between). The Galloway coast is about 18 miles (29 km) away. At the Point of Ayre is a 100 feet (30 m) lighthouse. On old maps Point Cranstal is referred to as "Shellag Point" and a hamlet named Cranstal is marked close to it, but has long since disappeared.


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Ballachrink Farm

Tel: 01624 880364 / 07624 375914

Ballachrink Farm has a self-catering bungalow as well as two bed & breakfast rooms in the farmhouse.

Set in open farmland with uninterrupted views to North Barrule and Snaefell. You will find us 3.5 miles to the north of Ramsey.

To the north of Ballachrink are the Bride hills and the Ayres, said to be one of the sunniest places in the British Isles. There is excellent walking and birdwatching in this part of the Island. See if you can spot the seals of the Point of Ayre.

Ramsey provides our local shopping area. It has a picturesque, busy harbour, with an interesting Victorian Swing Bridge still operating over the upper part of the harbour. The Mooragh Park on the outskirts of town offers a children's play area, boating lake and pleasant walks where you can spend a few leisurely hours.

The electric tram has a terminus in Ramsey, and runs a regular service to Laxey and Douglas. This is a good way to travel and enjoy some of our spectacular coastal scenery, or take the tram to the very top of Snaefell from Laxey.

Whilst the Island is just 33 miles long and 12 miles wide we have such a diversity of scenery and heritage. One visit will not be enough.

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