Limestone Pavement and Poyllvaaish Marble

Limestone Pavement and Poyllvaaish Marble

Our first visit together to the Isle of Man is coming along nicely! It’s a two week walking holiday and the first of today’s two walks takes in Scarlett Point, on the south coast near Castletown. There are three geology students on our campsite doing a month-long survey of this area, so it’s nice to come and see what all the fuss is about.

There is a decent outcrop of Limestone Pavement on the shore line, carboniferous limestone deposited more than 300 million years ago.

More interesting is the metamorphosed limestone called Poyllvaaish Marble, a result of more recent volcanic activity and basalt formation. This photo shows the black marble at the old quarry next to the beach. The rock has been widely used on the island and elsewhere, but it weathers easily and the many gravestones carved from it no longer bear their inscriptions.

Dave.