The Isle of Man is an island located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. In 2016 it was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The tiny island boasts of stunning scenery with its green valleys and barren hills in addition to rugged coastlines and pebble beach. The tiny island whose capital is the city of Douglas is sparsely populated making it attractive to those looking to get away from hustle and bustle of more popular tourist destinations.
Traveling to the Isle of Man is quite easy. It is well connected with Britain by ferry and flights.
Ferries from Britain leave from Liverpool and Heysham, Lancashire. Flights are available from nearly every British regional airport Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, and Manchester in addition to Gatwick, London. The best time to visit the Isle of Man is in summer between June and September.
There are numerous things to do in Isle of Man.
- The capital of the Isle of Man is Douglas. One of its main attractions is the horse tram. It is also the place where most of the restaurants and bars are located. The Little Fish Cafe serves a delightful meal of cooked scallops and refreshing cocktails. 14 North is a posh, vibrant restaurant showcasing the best of local produce. For scrumptious brunch drop into Noa Bakehouse which is an artisan bakery serving delicious sandwiches, sourdough bread and coffee. For a relaxing evening beer or a glass of wine, you can drop into Bath & Bottle a bar in Victoria Street.
- The Niarbyl beach, on the island’s west coast, is a secluded cove. The Niarbyl Bay Cafe offers top-notch food and a splendid view of the sea.
- The Isle of Man comes alive in June when the quietness is broken by the thunderous sound of huge motorcycles. The Isle of Man TT race is a world-famous annual motorcycling event. Racing bikes zip around the streets of the island at average speeds surpassing 300 km/hr.
- Take the tram to the summit of Snaefell, the most elevated point on the island. From the crest, on a clear day, the visitor can view at same time Scotland, Great Britain, Wales, and Ireland. You can also take the hiking trail to the summit. The hike offers beautiful views of the sea and is a very enjoyable experience.
- Visit The Laxey Wheel, which is a restored waterwheel. This incredible feat of Victorian engineering was built about 150 years ago. Over 72 feet tall it is one of the largest working waterwheels in the world and is a remarkable tourist attraction.
- Drop in at the Creagneash village which is a living example of a crafting community with thatched cottages and sheep farms. It is a quaint things to do in Isle of Man.
- Hike around the island. Raad ny Foillan is a hundred mile long hiking trail around the entire island.
- Tour the ruins of a medieval castle in Peel, a seaside town. Besides Peel Castle, you can also visit the House of Mannanan which has a replica of a Viking longboat.
- Catching glimpses of seals at the Sound at the south of the island. The Sound Café offers a tasty meal of crabs and an enchanting view of the sea.