Hello there, I've been to and drove around the whole island of Isle of Man many years ago with my friends who were local. I only remember I was told the most popular event in Isle of Man was Isle of Man TT Races, which is held annually, 30th MAY - 10th JUNE 2011. I loved motor races of any kind.
With regards to the events please check the Isle of Man website:
It's very easy to get around Isle of Man. The scenery is picturesque and poetic, it is my Shangri La (heaven on earth)! Enjoy your stays in the Isle of Man with the 'fairies' :D
Ever wanted to go scuba diving on the Isle of Man? It has some of the best diving (if not THE best!) around the British Isles thanks to it's remote and unspoilt location and warm(ish!) Gulf Stream!
Check out www.mannscubadivers.co.uk if you fancy getting wet!
Breathtaking views from the cliffs around the isle overlook the ocean. The walk is easy, just take care to dress for wind and rain. Pack a lunch and start walking! The path is marked with a "gull" sign.
The path winds around the entire island. You can do parts of it each day if you'd like.
Peel Castle is located on the west side of the island and is easily reached using the public bus from Douglas. It is located on St Patrick's Isle, named because St. Patrick reportedly stepped ashore here to bring Christianity to the Isle of Man. In the 10th century and 11th centuries the Vikings began to plunder the Irish Sea and a fort was built here under the direction of King Magnus Barelegs.
The castle garrison was moved out in the 18th century and the lead stripped from the Cathedral roof and the stained glass removed. The buildings unfortunatley have suffered without these protections from the rough weather. It does make it look a bit spooky at night, but it's a great day out.
A day trip by bus, the harbour office suggested that the wind was blowing force 8-9, I'm not arguing, surely the strongest wind I've experienced.
Anyway enjoyed a short walk around town, a good lunch I'll mention later, also a quick look at the ruined castle.
Here are some windswept photos!
A short trip to Port Erin by steam railway. Chose a bad day to go, very wet and windy, so just a short walk around and a coffee in the excellent station buffet.
Photos suggest visiting on a better day would be a very pleasant.
Ramsey in the north of the island is the second largest town. It was, however, very quiet when we strolled through the centre on a Sunday afternoon. I saw a tall,blue pillar on a square, with a sort of case locked by a padlock. I've been wondering ever since what this could be. Lately I thought maybe it was a special postbox and I just didn't recognize it as such.
But apart from this mysterious pillar Ramsey has a very nice beach and a beautiful park.There is a large lake inside the park, a playground next to it and a café. Many people were enjoying their afternoon there.
On our way to Ramsey we passed through purple meadows, the heather was already blooming and had coloured large areas. Occasionally we could see some white spots, sheep.
Port Erin is a very nice, small town in a beautiful bay. When looking into hotels for my stay on the island I had considered staying in Port Erin, because the pictures were so beautiful. But in the end I decided on Douglas, it was easier to get around from there without a car.
I wanted to see Port Erin, though and took the steam railway, which ends here. From the station it is a short way down to the beach. The hill is called Bradda Head. I could see a path leading up to it, hopefully next time when I'm there the weather will be better and I can walk up there. This time I hadn't brought the right shoes and I was afraid it would be too slippery in normal shoes.
Instead I spent quite some time in the Bridge Bookshop and in one of the nice cafés at the beach.
Port Erin has a very special history book: On a wall along the beach main events in its history have been written.
From the Market Square there are signs leading to Scarlett Point. This is one of the birdwatchers' points on the Isle of Man and it's easily accessible without a car.It's a walk of about 30 minutes from the town centre, not more.
There is an information centre, but it was closed on Mondays (which was when we were there), one more reason to go back.
Sitting on the benches there was great, just watching the tide and the sea and of course the many, many birds there. We saw oystercatchers, knuts, turnstones and even two red-billed choughs, plus about 1000 gulls.
Since I'm interested in Art Noveau one of the things I wanted to see was the police station in Castletown, as I had read it was built by Mackay Baillie Scott. At first I didn't find it, or rather I had passed it without recognizing it . So I asked in a shop. The lady there had never heard of Baillie Scott, but she pointed me to the police station.
It is right next to the castle and looks like it's part of it. Baillie Scott built it in 1901 and maybe he had tried to make it look medieval. Only at the door I saw some of the ornaments typical for Art Noveau.
Behind the Market Square there is the old Grammar School, a small, white building close to the sea. It was built as a chapel in 13th century, but from 18th century on has served as a school. In 1930 the last pupils were taught there and the interior has been left as it used to be. Instead of exercise books the pupils wrote on sand, saving a lot of money on school equipment.
Today it's a museum, entrance is free, with a nice gift shop and a very friendly attendant.
The centre of Castletown is the Market Square. Here are the bus stops for the buses to the other parts of the islands, here is the main hotel , the George with a nice-looking pub but serving bad food ( see restaurant tip), the war memorial and a celtic cross. Narrow Arbory Street leading away from the Market Square has some nice craft shops.
Castletown used to be the capital of the Isle of Man until 1862, something which can easily be believed when you see the huge castle.
Coming from the train station you turn right and walk towards the harbour, Castle Rushen is right in front of you.This building from the 13th century dominates the small town.
There is a beautiful garden attached to it, with an old clock next to the entrance, several benches to sit down and rest and a part called the Speaker's Garden. So far I haven't been able to find out what this means, something like Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park maybe?
The Villa Marina on the promenade is an entertainment complex, but also boasts of a beautiful garden. Near the entrance there is a waterfall, then some flowerbeds and finally a lawn with old trees. A wedding was being celebrated when I was there, it was fun to watch the children running around and playing, and not caring at all about the beautiful dresses/suits they had to wear.
On the promenade, about 16 meter high, you can see a soldier standing on a pillar. This is the war memorial.
It was erected in 1922 and it seems the people in Douglas didn't think too much of it then.
But it really is very impressive, especially by its height.
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