Isle of Man
The Isle of Man is a small island in the Irish Sea situated between the British Mainland and Ireland. Known for its rugged coastline, medieval castles and rural landscape, rising to a mountainous center. In the capital, Douglas, the Manx Museum traces the island’s Celtic and Viking heritage.
Travelling to the Isle of Man by Ferry
There are four different ferry routes operated by Steam Packet arriving into the Isle of Man daily from England and Ireland. The crossings range from 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours 45 minutes depending on the routine.
Ferries to Isle of Man
Where to Visit
Throughout history, settlers on the Isle of Man have shaped its past and laid the bedrock for its future. Carving out tokens of their culture in its very foundations. The Island owes much to those pioneers who moulded the Isle of Man into what it is today. The Island has been forged by a diverse portrait of trailblazers and continues to be shaped by its current inhabitants, who are inspired by Manx culture and value its preservation.
There are four main towns on the island, positioned around the perimeter on the coast. Douglas is the capital and largest town of the Isle of Man. It is located at the mouth of the River Douglas, and on a sweeping bay of two miles. The River Douglas forms part of the town’s harbour and main commercial port.
Castletown is the ancient capital of Mann and was the capital of the Island until 1869. Castletown is made up of small winding streets, picturesque fishing cottages along the harbour. As well as a Viking castle that towers over the centre of the town.
Peel is a fishing port and is known as the ‘Sunset City’. You can explore the ruins of Peel Castle, try the world famous Manx Kippers. It also arguable has some best ice cream on the island.
Ramsey is a coastal town in the north of the Isle of Man. It is the second largest town on the island after Douglas. It has one of the biggest harbours on the island, and has a prominent derelict pier, called the Queen’s Pier (currently under restoration). Formerly one of the main points of communication with Scotland. Ramsey has also been a route for several invasions by the Vikings and Scots.
Whats the Isle of Man famous for
There are many things to see and do across the island. But it is most famously known for The Isle of Man TT or Tourist Trophy race. It’s an annual motorcycle sport event run on the Isle of Man in May/June of most years since its inaugural race in 1907. The event is often called one of the most dangerous racing events in the world due to the lack of national speed limit across the island.
If you are looking for something a little less dangerous. Why not check out some of its famous landmarks which include: Tynwald Hill a four-tired hill which is thought to be made with soil from all of the Island’s 17 ancient parishes. The Laxey Wheel, this is the largest working waterwheel in the world! Standing at over 72 feet high, this extraordinary piece of Victorian engineering is an impressive sight to behold. Why not take the Manx Electric Tram to the top of Snaefell. At 621 metres above sea level, Snaefell is the highest point on the Isle of Man and offers breath-taking, panoramic views. On a clear day, you will be rewarded by sight of the seven kingdoms – England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and the kingdoms of heaven and the sea.
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