We swiped our wrinklies bus passes as we climbed aboard and were lucky to bag the front seats on the top deck. Great views as the bus swayed along, hugging the coast around all the bends.
Laxey derives its name from the old Norse word Laxa (Laksa) meaning salmon, for the salmon river. The village sits in a steep, wooded valley that runs down to the sea - a good workout walking down from the main road to the beach then back up again.
The first thing we did after getting off the bus was to pop into the Laxey Kitchen, a tiny little cafe on the main road that serves very good coffee and amazing cakes. We shared a pastel de nata .. too many calories in a whole one.
Before walking down to the bay we crossed the road to wander through Laxey Glen, the first time we had visited it in our thirty years here on the island. It was very peaceful and we saw some impressive fungi growing alongside the trees.
Walking down to the sea, I noticed a few interesting sights that caught my attention...
Laxey is famous for the Lady Isabella higher up the valley. The largest working waterwheel in the world.
It also has the smaller Snaefell Wheel which is in the Laxey Glen Gardens washing floors.
After a two hour stroll, we walked back up the steep road from the beach to catch the bus from the tram station.
It was the same bus and driver that had taken us there earlier and we had the same top deck seats on the way back...
Now that we are back home the sun has come out.
That bell tower in the trees is attached to the house we are buying. Excited? Moi??