Orrisdale North

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The A3 Castletown to Ramsey Road at Orrisdale North with a North-East aspect towards Dub Cottage and Broughjaig Beg, Ballaugh.

Orrisdale North (Old Norse Haeringsstadr or Haering's farm) [1] is situated adjacent the 16th Milestone road-side marker on the Snaefell Mountain Course on the primary A3 Castletown to Ramsey road with the nearby junction with the tertiary C19 Orrisdale Loop Road and D13 Bollyn Road in the parish of Ballaugh in the Isle of Man.

Orrisdale North and the former Orrisdale South (now known as Rhencullen including Birkin's Bend) and the nearby Bishopscourt Manse were 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.[2] Orrisdale North 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.

The musician Jake Drake-Brockman, a former member with the Liverpool group Echo & the Bunnymen, was involved in a fatal road traffic accident at Orrisdale North on 1 September 2009 while visiting the Isle of Man for the Manx Grand Prix when the vintage BSA motor-cycle he was riding was in collision with a converted ambulance.[3]


  1. ^ An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Isle of Man by David T.Webber Revised by Frank Cowin and F.J.Radcliffe pp 117 (1997) The Manx Experience ISBN 1-873120-25-7
  2. ^ TT Pioneers – Early Car Racing in the Isle of Man pp 22 Robert Kelly, Mercury Asset Management (1996)(1st Edition) The Manx Experience, The Alden Press ISBN No 1 873120 61 3
  3. ^ Manx Independent p1 dated 4 September 2009 ISSN 1358-4391 Isle of Man Newspapers

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Coordinates: 54°18′09″N 4°33′56″W / 54.30250°N 4.56556°W / 54.30250; -4.56556