Ancient stone circle
Reminders of the island’s rich and varied past are everywhere on Mann. Close to the summit of Meayll Hill, to the south-west of Port Erin and its eastern counterpart Port St Mary, lies Meayll Circle. Meayll is the Manx word for bald. Occupied from Neolithic to medieval times, the 18ft (5.5m) diameter ring of stone was built in 3500BC. It houses six pairs of burial chambers, each with an entrance passageway. Artefacts found here include ornate pottery sherds and flint tools, many of which are on display at the Manx Museum in Douglas. Also known as Mull Hill and circle, the Manx name for the stone circle is Lhiaght ny Virragh, or Cairn of the Pointed Rock. It has also been referred to as Rhullick-y-lagg-Shliggagh, meaning Graveyard of the Valley of Broken Slates. This name is thought to have originally referred to nearby hut circles.