It takes just an hour to travel the full length of the Isle of Man – the island is 52 kilometres long and just 22 kilometres wide (32 miles by 14 miles). This spectacular small island features an unspoilt coastline with many award-winning beaches and breathtaking landscapes in the interior. Attractions you won’t want to miss include the Neolithic Tomb of Cashtal yn Ard, the impressive Laxey Wheel, the unforgettable Castle Rushen and Peel Castle or the educational House of Manannan.
Discover the island’s ancient history in the Manx Museum in Douglas and in the many small museums around the island, and visit the peaceful Tynwald Arboretum and the eighteen spectacular glens. Stop for a paddle in Mooragh Park, a swim at the National Sports Centre or a game of crazy golf at the Onchan Pleasure Park. See the island by one of the many classic tram, steam railway or electric railway ride.
Heritage Transport on the Isle of Man
The island’s famous Victorian steam railway has stops at Douglas, Santon, Ballasall, Castletown, Colby, Port St Mary and Port Erin or hop aboard the scenic electric railway from Douglas to Ramsey. The charming little Victorian Snaefell Mountain Railway heads up 2000 feet to the island’s only mountain Snaefell (Snow Mountain) from Laxey.
Isle of Man TT
A world famous island for motorsport and to many the home of racing, the Isle of Man TT is a legendary motor sport challenge, taking over the island annually across two weeks in June. Alongside the main Summer TT challenge, the island hosts other racing events and festivals including the Manx Grand Prix annually at the end of August which has a different classic racing focus as compared to the more modern cutting edge TT race. Considered to be one of the world’s best motorcycle races, the TT course stretches for 37 3/4 miles and the course has stayed largely the same since 1911.
Outdoor Activities on the Isle of Man
The Isle of Man with its mild climate warmed by the Gulf Stream is where to get active. This adventure playground offers a wealth of coast and land based outdoor activities from cycling and mountain biking to a choice of walking trails and an annual big walking festival in mid-May. Relax on secluded beaches, head off for some coastal horse riding or a game of golf on one of the island’s many first class golf courses. Cycling is fast catching up with motorcycling as one of the Isle of Man’s top sports. The best in World cycling including Mark Cavendish have visited this perfect island cycling territory. The winding roads good for championship bikes are an equal challenge for cyclists.
Adventure sports and fishing on one of Manx’s many reservoirs or rivers are easily accessible and watersports are incredibly popular around the 100 miles of the island’s spectacular coastline. Wildlife lovers and birdwatchers will adore the Isle of Man, a top spot for great whale, seal and dolphin watching boat trips and guided wildlife tours. Charter boats are widely available for fishing trips and the island’s coastline is a mecca for coastal birds particularly around the magical Calf of Man.
Isle of Man Accommodation
Tour ancient monuments, Neolithic burial sites and magnificent fortress castles – the Isle of Man is rich in ancient sites! Perfect for year round holidays and short breaks – find accommodation on the Isle of Man here on iknow. Choose from a fantastic range of Isle of Man holiday cottages across the island or opt for a stylish Douglas seafront hotel or B&B. Coast and country cottage retreats on the Isle of Man are numerous, all within easy reach of attractions, outdoor activities, transport links and the legendary TT course.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.