Tower Bends

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Tower Bends (Manx: Ballastowell – the farm of McStoile)[1] is situated adjacent the 25th Milestone road-side marker on the Snaefell Mountain Course used for the Isle of Man TT Races on the A18 Snaefell Mountain Road in the parish of Maughold in the Isle of Man.

During a Royal visit to the Isle of Man by Queen Victoria and Albert, Prince Consort aboard the Royal Yacht HMY Victoria and Albert on 20 September 1847, the Prince Consort was rowed ashore and landed at Ballure shore near Ramsey. After climbing the Lhergy Frissell (Manx: the hill of Frissell or clan Frazer), the Prince Consort viewed the nearby town of Ramsey and the northern plain of the Isle of Man. The site became known as Albert's Mount and in 1848 a tower in the Scottish baronial style was built on the site of granite and local slate of 45 feet (13.5 m) in height and 16 feet (4.9m) square at the base.[2]

The S-bend corner at Tower Bends was part of the Highland Course and the 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. Tower Bends is now part of the Snaefell Mountain Course used since 1911 for the Isle of Man TT and 1923 for the Manx Grand Prix Races.


  1. ^ Place Names of the Isle of Man by John Kneen MA pp526 (1970) Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh The Scolar Press
  2. ^ An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Isle of Man by David T.Webber Revised by Frank Cowin and F.J.Radcliffe page 12 (1997) The Manx Experience ISBN 1-873120-25-7

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Coordinates: 54°18′38″N 4°22′48″W / 54.31056°N 4.38000°W / 54.31056; -4.38000