Isle of Man

Port Erin Castle, Isle of Man

This construction, which looks very much like a Norman motte, may actually be a Celtic fortification.  If it is Norman, then it is the only motte on the Island.  If Celtic then it has a close relation at Castle Ward near Douglas.

Port Erin, which the Castle stands on the inland edge of, is named for being the closest Port of Man to Ireland and in the 19th Century an attempt was made to turn it into a major port.  This failed and today it is a sleepy little seaside town.

The Castle is on public land.

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