Isle of Man, UK
Think Isle of Man
(or Ellan Vannin, to use the local lingo) and you might think TT – the annual no-holds-barred motorcycle race on the island’s public roads. But dig deeper to find traditional hospitality (and a few ultra-modern tax exiles) right in the middle of the Irish Sea. Its location (equidistant from England, Scotland and Ireland) give its influences a unique flavour... in cuisine, mythology, culture and more.
|Time zone:||GMT (Summer GMT+1 hour)|
|Flight Time:||45 minutes|
|Holiday type:||Beach, City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: : 9.7°C (24 hour average)
Rainfall: 764mm a year
Watch the island’s community of Basking Sharks – the second largest in the oceans - on sunny, calm days from May to August at Calf Sound, Port Erin, Niarbyl and Peel Breakwater.
Must eat at:
Grab a bun on the run when you’re out and about. If the weather’s good enough for alfresco dining, you’ll find the crab baps from the kiosk on Peel Quay fit the bill perfectly.
Must be there for:
In late May and early June, the island fills for the century-old TT race, and it’s quite a sight. Grab yourself a prime viewing spot... grab a camera... and hold on tight.
Seek out an authentic pint of Manx beer and you won’t be disappointed. Local purity laws limit the ingredients to water, yeast, hops and malt.
If you’re travelling from Douglas to Ramsey, don’t miss the chance to travel on the historic Manx Electric Railway which uses tramcars from the 1890s.
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