It was built in the 11th century during the reign of the Viking King Magnus Barefoot and has enjoyed a long and varied history. It is now largely a ruin but there are still many parts of it intact and it is a very interesting and appealing site to visit.
It is currently maintained by Manx National Heritage and has only just reopened following the island's relaxation of lockdown restrictions.
However, I was saddened to read yesterday that sometime over the weekend it had been targeted, seemingly by a group of bored youths, who had for some reason decided to kick down the ancient and very rare 500 year old wooden door at the entrance, causing extensive - and expensive - damage which now requires specialist attention. Several bottles discarded at the scene have been removed by the police for "examination".
I can understand that with their first taste of freedom after months of lockdown young people want to let off a little steam but to wilfully vandalise and destroy part of our island's heritage - why would they do that???