The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea. It is between Ireland and Great Britain, and is easy to reach by both air and sea. Getting around is easy as the island has an efficient and vast bus network. There are also trains. It is a British Crown dependency, and so is not actually a part of the UK. The Isle of Man retains its own parliament and government.
There are many things to do and see on the island, and the warmer months are usually the best times to visit. Some of the main attractions are not open or available in the winter. Some top reasons to visit the Isle of Man include:
The TT Races
The TT Races are a world famous motor biking event, and they are held every year in June. You can experience the thrill and rush as the bikes speed along the roads, competing to be the fastest. If you are not a biking fan, however, this may not be a good time to visit as many of the public roads are closed and there are a lot of visitors on the island for the races meaning that accommodation and restaurants can get very busy. If you can’t make it for the races themselves you can still see the roads that are used at other times of the year – perhaps you could hire a vehicle and drive the circuit yourself, albeit at much slower speeds than during the high octane races!
A large water wheel, the Laxey Wheel features a big emblem of the Isle of Man – three legs. It is pretty, and in the main visiting season you can climb the steps to the viewing platform to see the wheel in motion and admire the surroundings.
Creagneash is an area that consists of traditional homes, with whitewashed walls and thatched roofs. It is nice for a wander and to see a different style of house.
The Isle of Man is famous for its cats with no tails. Born that way, look out for these cute but different felines as you explore the island.
There are lots of old Celtic spots on the island, a strong reminder of the Isle of Man’s long and varied history. A great place is Maughold where you can see old tombs and burial chambers. The village church is also very pretty and atmospheric, and many of the gravestones feature intricate Celtic crosses.
A fairly bustling town on the island, Peel’s main attraction is the old and impressive Peel Castle. It sits on an island a short way from the mainland, connected by a causeway. The outer walls are very well preserved. Inside, you can wander through the interesting ruins. Peel Castle was constructed by Vikings, and stands on the spot of the first Christian site on the island. At night time the castle is lit up giving it an other-worldly appearance. Other Peel attractions include an old family-run kipper factory, the cathedral, and a fascinating and informative heritage centre.
Douglas is the capital city of the Isle of Man and it is where you will find a large selection of places to eat, drink, and sleep. In the city you can take a ride on the historic horse-drawn tram. There is only one such other tram in the whole world! The Isle of Man Museum is interesting, and other key places of interest in Douglas include the theatre and the casino.
These are just a few reasons to visit the Isle of Man. Other top spots to visit include the beautiful and rugged Calf of Man with its numerous birds, the pretty village of Port St Mary, the beach side area of port Erin, and the tall Snaefell Mountain.