The Isle of Man. Whats in it?

Discussion in 'Travel' started by TheIronDuke, Mar 14, 2011.

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  1. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    I must visit the Isle of Man. Two days of work, then if I time it right, a weekend in the Isle of Man.

    So what is to prevent me jumping the Friday evening flight back to civilisation? Is the place worth a weekend? Or not?

    Any advice welcome.
  2. Hire car - No speed limits (in places) become a driving god.
  3. How long is a piece of string?

    Douglas has some great pubs and clubs.

    Jurby has an eeeeeeeeerrrrrrrr camp.
  4. Do the TT circuit, don't speed through towns/villages and ensure you go the right way around it as all the bends are all marked/signposted. You can't see these if you are going the wrong way around as I found out once!
  5. Lots of steam train and vintage trams, im happy like the big nerdy spotter i am :)
  6. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    A f@cking brilliant place,loads to do ,cracking pubs,relatively cheap, good casino, ect ect
  7. Jurby Junk!!!!

    Not been since I was 8 years old but it did seem like a great place for a quiet weekend getaway. No Speed limits outside the towns so as has been suggested do the TT circuit!
  8. HHH

    HHH LE

    Take a walk pass Jeremy Clarkson's house, he will be really pleased to see you, honest
  9. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    Freaks, inbreds and pedo's. Similar to the Isle of Wight in that sense.
  10. The Island is also great for hiking - start in Laxey and walk up to the highest peak (Snaefell) - then catch the tram down again. 40% of the Island (the "inner" bit) is virtually uninhabited. 2 x1:25000 Ordanence Survey maps cover the whole Island. Some of the coast line walks, particularly on the West side are also magnificent. Otherwise there is:

    "Lady Isabella" - largest water wheel in Europe (in Laxey), "The Geiety" - fully restored Victorian Theatre in douglas, Tynwald in St. Johns - birth of the Manx parliament, established by the vikings. (Parliament on the Isle of Man is older than the British Parliament). "Cregneash" old Manx village and cottages (used in "Waking Ned Divine") - in fact the Island has been used as location for many films.

    The castle in Castletown is also worth a look, there is also a quaint boating lake in Ramsey, again dating back to Victorian times. To a certain degree, although the tourists stopped going there in the 60's, the Island still has remnatns (including buildings) of being a premier Victorian holiday spot.
  11. I know they have ducks there. I also saw a pidgeon in Douglas as well.
  12. Isle of Man ? Is that where all the gays end up to get the birch?
    Or have they banned it there as well?
  13. Cats with no tails, kippers, a great casino and lots and lots and lots of slappers
  14. A walk around Peel Harbour in the morning to watch the fishermen get mugged by the seals, then follow the river along the inner harbour for lunch and real ale at The Creek, then walk along the beachfront to the ice cream parlour, I think it's called Davisons, as good as anywhere in Italy.

    Do that on your last day, then pop into Devereaus for a large box of Manx kippers (when you get home, 2 in a bag, skin side out, they freeze well)

    The Laxey Wheel is awesome, if you can see the top of Snaefell, it's worth a trip to the top in the Victorian electric tram, you can see Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales on a clear day.

    The Point of Ayre at the northern tip, wild atmospheric place, walk along the shingle, you'll usually be stalked by a couple of seals.

    Port Erin to the south west, there is a lovely bay, if you drive up to the north end there is a car park, then a footpath up to Milner's Tower, we've seen basking sharks circling the bay, hoovering up plankton, and I've heard that a large school of dolphins have taken up residence on the west coast.

    Don't bother with Jurby Junk.... it isn't junk, it's SHITE, absolute crap.
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