Birkin's Bend

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Birkin's Bend (previously Orrisdale South or Rhencullen) is situated between the 15th Milestone and 16th Milestone road-side markers on the Snaefell Mountain Course between Kirk Michael Village and Bishopscourt on the primary A3 Castletown to Ramsey Road and the road junction with the tertiary C19 Orrisdale Road in the parish of Michael in the Isle of Man.

This series of bends was part of the Highland Course and Four Inch Course used for the Gordon Bennett Trial and Tourist Trophy automobile car races held in the Isle of Man between 1904 and 1922. Also, Birkin's Bend is part of the Snaefell Mountain Course used since 1911 for the Isle of Man TT and from 1923 for the Manx Grand Prix Races.

During an early morning practice session for the 1927 Isle of Man TT, Archie Birkin brother of Tim Birkin, one of the "Bentley Boys" of the 1920s, swerved to avoid a fish-van travelling to Peel and crashed fatality. The corner at Rhencullen on the A3 primary road where the accident occurred was renamed 'Birkins Bend.' From 1928 practice sessions for the Isle of Man TT Races and Manx Grand Prix were held on closed-roads for racing.

The Rhencullen complex of bends including Birkin's Bend was subjected to road widening and reprofiling during the winter of 1953/1954 for the 1954 Isle of Man TT Races.[1]


  1. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times dated 29 May 1954

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Coordinates: 54°17′34″N 4°34′41″W / 54.29278°N 4.57806°W / 54.29278; -4.57806