The Isle of Man. Whats in it?

TheIronDuke

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#1
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.
 
#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 :)
 

jim24

LE
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#6
A f@cking brilliant place,loads to do ,cracking pubs,relatively cheap, good casino, ect ect
 
B

Boozy

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#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
Take a walk pass Jeremy Clarkson's house, he will be really pleased to see you, honest
 
#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.
 
#12
Isle of Man ? Is that where all the gays end up to get the birch?
Or have they banned it there as well?
:excited::excited:
 
#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.
 
#16
My future in-laws.

Just back from visiting them on Friday, didn’t want to come back. Port Erin where they stay is brilliant for peace and quiet. Go down to the Sound where you can view the Calf of Man. Nice and tranquil and is different every time you visit, like anywhere else on the island to be fair. Maghould is a nice little village with an interesting church yard, a memorial to US Air men in amongst the graves. Glen Maye is a beautiful walk to the beach, with waterfalls etc. Niarbyl bay and its fishing cottages are well worth a visit if you are over that way. I don’t really go into Douglas much, much more stuff to see than just Douglas. Really good restaurant/bar in Castletown called Fusion.

I would stay the weekend mate. The folk are the best bit, good banter, weird accent though.
 
#17
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.
Don't.

The Isle of Man is closed between the early part of the third week in August and the late part of the second week in August.

Except for the TT Races when all the roads on the Island are closed in order to allow Jeremy Clarkson unhindered and speedy progress to the airport.

Go somewhere like Japan; at least it will be exciting.

Seriously.

Lits
 
B

Boozy

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#19
Don't bother with Jurby Junk.... it isn't junk, it's SHITE, absolute crap.
Aww you ruined my surprise :-(

It's heaven to an 8 year old though....ok no it's not, it IS shite. Still got my rather snazzy neon green yellow and pink bumbag somewhere in the loft!

Dunno what time of year you're headed but Peel Beach is lovely as I recall, there's a castle too.

Somewhere there is a museum of transport or something similar that I got dragged around, boring as watching paint dry.
 

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