Sulby, Isle of Man

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Sulby Church IOM.jpg
Sulby Methodist Church
Sulby is located in Isle of Man
Sulby shown within the Isle of Man
Population (2006 Census)
OS grid reference SC380944
Parish Lezayre
Sheading Ayre
Crown dependency Isle of Man
Post town ISLE OF MAN
Postcode district IM7
Dialling code 01624
Police Isle of Man
Fire Isle of Man
Ambulance Isle of Man
House of Keys Ayre
List of places
Isle of ManCoordinates: 54°19′08″N 4°29′24″W / 54.319°N 4.490°W / 54.319; -4.490

Sulby, (North Germanic languages: Sõlabyr ('Soli's estate')),[1] a village in the parish of Lezayre containing the Treen of the Curragh of Kirk Christ Lezayre and the Land of the Monks of Myrosco,[2] is located on the Castletown to Ramsey primary A3 road in the Isle of Man. The name Sulby, Sõlabyr ('Soli's estate')[3] or Sulaby (cleft farm) reflects the Scandinavian influence in Isle of Man place-names.

The TT racecourse passes along Sulby Straight, where motorcycles attain their highest speeds on the course prior to braking for the next bend.

The old part of Sulby village (grid reference SC382940) is situated at the junction of the A14 Tholt-y-Will Road and the B9 Claddagh Road. This part of Old Sulby Village has a mill and village green. The main part of the village is situated on the main A2 road between Close-e-Volley and Ginger Hall. The village has a primary school, a hotel and a campsite. The village is dominated by the Sulby River, the Ballamanaugh farm estate, common land of the Claddagh and Cronk Summark, which includes the remains of an iron-age fort.

TT races[edit]

William Dunlop at the Sulby Straight, the fastest point on the TT course, riding a 600 Honda on his way to a podium finish in 2012 Supersport Race 1[4]

The TT race course passes through consecutive areas historically known as Sulby Crossroads, the Sulby Straight and lastly the right-hand bend at Sulby Bridge over the Sulby River, at 19 to 20 miles measured from the startline at the TT Grandstand, before leading towards the next point at Ginger Hall.[5]

During practice for the 2006 TT races, New Zealand competitor Bruce Anstey was timed through a speed-trap at a speed of 206 mph (331.51 km/h) on the Sulby Straight,[6] a feat repeated in 2015 by TT competitor James Hillier riding the Kawasaki H2R factory concept bike during a demonstration lap, recorded on Strava datalogging equipment.[7]

The part of the race course including Sulby village on the A2 road, including the 1½ mile Sulby Straight,[8] was part of Four Inch Course used for the Tourist Trophy car races between 1905 and 1911, and the Mountain Course used since 1911 for the Isle of Man TT and Manx Grand Prix races.


ManX Spirit is a clear alcoholic beverage which is distilled from whisky by Kella Distillers Ltd in Sulby.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Place Names of the Isle of Man by John Kneen MA page 545 (1970) Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh The Scolar Press
  2. ^ Place Names of the Isle of Man by John Kneen MA page 545 (1970) Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh The Scolar Press
  3. ^ c. 1376 Chron. Mann. Sulaby, 1515 Man. Roll Soulby, 1703 Sulby Scand. Sõlabyr, 'Soli's estate.' Manx notebook
  4. ^ Supersport TT Race 1 Results IoM, Retrieved 14 November 2015
  5. ^ The Lucas contour map of the T.T. circuit, 1973. Accessed 23 December 2015
  6. ^ New Isle of Man Top Speed Record (retrieved 12 August 2006)
  7. ^ Hillier hits highest speed on H2R IoM Official site Retrieved 20 June 2015
  8. ^ 54°19′08″N 4°29′24″W / 54.319°N 4.490°W / 54.319; -4.490 (Sulby Straight)