Celtic independence on the Isle of Man
A Crown Dependency with its own parliament, the Isle of Man is a curious mixture of old customs and contemporary attractions. Take a ride on the working Victorian railway line or cheer with the crowds during renowned road-racing events such as the Manx Grand Prix and Pre TT Classic. The Isle of Man has some of the best displays of its heritage; visit the Manx Museum, House of Manannan, Peel Castle, Castle Rushen, The Old Grammar School and Nautical Museum to learn more about the isle and its people. The Gaiety Theatre and Great Union Camera Obscura are two remaining attractions from the Victorian era. See the world’s largest water wheel, built in 1854, and explore Cashtal Yn Ard, a prehistoric burial site in the northeast of the island. Hike the nature trails to see orchids and goats; the Calf of Man bird sanctuary is a peaceful place to spend an afternoon.
The Isle of Man is known as an island of contrasts. Modern areas for shopping, dining and entertainment as well as Viking forts, museums, and cottages appeal to visitors of all tastes. Meet the Manx people and learn about their unique way of life including their currency, flag and many ancient customs.
When To Go?
Tempered by the effects of the surrounding Irish Sea, the Isle of Man enjoys bright summers and mild winters. Snowfall is rare yet the peak of Snaefell suffers from heavy downpours of rain all year long. Winds from the sea can be strong and cold. Travel to the Isle of Man during June-August for the best of the weather and seasonal attractions.
How To Get There?
The Isle of Man is served by the Isle of Man Airport, also known as Ronaldsway Airport (IOM). It is located 11km (approximately 7 miles) south of the capital of Douglas. Direct flights are available from several UK airports. Passengers can also reach the Isle of Man by ferry. Crossings arrive from Liverpool, Heysham, Dublin and Belfast daily and can take around 2 hours.
Wrap up, pull on those walking shoes and take a hike around the Isle of Man. With so many natural areas of beauty and historic significance, this is the best way of getting to know the island. The 45km (28 mile) long Millennium Way is a King’s Highway and is considered the best route for a first time trip. Climb to the peak of Snaefell, the highest point on the Isle of Man and enjoy panoramic views over the Celtic island.