Douglas has been the island's capital since 1863 and holds most of the island action. Its beautiful sea front is lined with picturesque hotels and restaurants. The Marine Drive, leading for three miles south from Douglas Harbour is not what you might imagine and provides an excellent route half way up the cliffs all the way to Port Soderick. The Viking fortified farm of Cronk-ny-Merrieu at Port Grenaugh (Scandinavian for “sunny harbour”) dates from the late 11th century but excavations have revealed iron age occupation. Across the shallow bay of Derby Haven the 16th century St Michael’s Chapel can be seen on St Michael’s Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway. Derby Haven is a bird watcher’s paradise particularly at the run of tides.