A15 (Isle of Man)
|Location Map ( geo)
|Port e Vullen (SC462931)
|The Hibernian (SC459491)
|5.6 miles (9 km)
|A2, B19, A2
|Route outline (key)
The A15 forms a loop of the A2, serving Maughold and Ballajora.
The route starts at a sharp fork on the A2 a little to the south of Ramsey, and heads west along Maughold Road. It drops steeply down the hill to cross the Isle of Man Electric Railway at a level crossing, and then enters the small village of Port e Vullen. The road varies in width quite noticeably as it winds between the unforgiving tall stone garden walls, and projecting houses, with numerous junctions and driveways to be negotiated. At length, the end of the village is reached, and the road climbs steadily above a sandy beach to cross over a headland. As the views of the coast disappear, views inland open up, looking across lush green fields scattered with houses to the hills beyond.
The A15 then winds gently across fields to the tiny village of Maughold. Here, the route turns sharp right at the small village green, set amongst old stone houses with the church at the far end of the green. Now heading south west, there are expansive views across the islands east coast towards Laxey, hidden out of sight in a fold of the hills. The road narrows as it slowly turns inland, and is little more than single track in places. After winding across the fields, the scattered village of Ballajora is reached, and the route climbs steeply up to re-cross the railway at another level crossing. In the nominal centre of the village, the A15 turns hard left at the junction with the B19, and widens a little as it winds southwards out of the village.
Before long, the road comes alongside the railway, and the two curve slowly round to the west, and then north west to avoid the steep glens below. There are a few houses scattered in the fields along here, but it is a mostly rural landscape of small fields between hedges. The railway cuts around the head of the glen, but the road continues north west, winding this way and that through the fields and patches of woodland. Some of the bends are quite sharp, and the road width is pinched here and there, but at length it comes to an end at a T junction back on the A2, less than two miles south of where it started.
As originally numbered in the 1920's, the route was given the B1 number. It had been renumbered as the A15 by 1963.
|A15 (Isle of Man)