Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Ballasalla Car Hire

By Andy Stephenson - Wikimedia commons
Ballasalla is a village in the parish of Malew in the south-east of the Isle of Man, close to the town of Castletown.  The village was built mostly from the ruins of the nearby Rushen Abbey, a cistercian abbey founded in the 12th century and dissolved in the 16th century.
Ballasalla is the site of the mediaeval Monks' Bridge over the Silver Burn which leads to the Manx National Heritage site of Rushen Abbey; this forms part of the Story Of Mann set of attractions established in 1989 and now part of an island-wide series of attractions. 

The abbey was extensively redeveloped as a heritage site in 1996, having latterly been home to The Academy, one of very few nightclubs outside of Douglas.  Also near the village is Silverdale Glen, with a small boating lake, cafĂ© and sprawling playing fields and playground including a water-powered carousel. In a small hamlet above the village the eponymous St Mark's Fair is held annually on the third Saturday in July. 

The Millennium Way long distance footpath, opened in 1979, which begins at Castle Rushen and heads north towards Ramsey, runs through the village alongside the banks of the river leading to Poulsom Park in Castletown to the south, and high above the village to St. Marks to the northwest. The village has a pub and various shops.

If you're coming to this pretty medieval town,  get a rental car to explore in, or to suit your business trip, through Ballasalla Car Hire.

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