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Started by Shadrack22 on Jan 4, 2022 1:40:43 PM
A Short Break on The Isle of Man

Have you been? What was it like to visit?

“A sort of penal colony in the Irish Sea” - bossab2

upgoerfive - 04 Jan 2022 13:51:12 (#1 of 27)

At this time of year? - Cold, and very windy.

During the summer, has a certain bygone seaside resort charm.

During the TT - brilliant fun (if you like that sort of thing). Very expensive.

HoHoHoff - 04 Jan 2022 13:53:34 (#2 of 27)

You'd need a good woolly jumper and your cagoule.

Lawlsie - 04 Jan 2022 13:57:08 (#3 of 27)

Try the Isle of Wight instead. It too is stuck in a bygone age but least it's warmer. And very white

Shadrack22 - 04 Jan 2022 13:58:12 (#4 of 27)

I once had a colleague from the Isle of Man who said it had a very dramatic landscape with lots of Neolithic remains (standing stones etc).

Tenesmus - 04 Jan 2022 14:05:02 (#5 of 27)

I think they had some fairly neolithic attitudes too.

FrankieTeardrop - 04 Jan 2022 14:07:54 (#6 of 27)

The Isle Of Man in August, 2010:

FGBFGB - 04 Jan 2022 15:32:18 (#7 of 27)

It had very liberal licencing hours when England and Wales didn't. But I suppose that is not much of a consideration any more.

TheVoiceOfReason - 04 Jan 2022 15:52:48 (#8 of 27)

The Isle of Man is fantastic, I had a great trip there although as others have said, it was in the summer. It’s a must for the transport geek with the working steam train, the horse trams, and the mountain railway. Douglas is a bit grotty but convenient; Castletown and Port Erin are nicer. No need for a car, everywhere is accessible by public transport.

Best of all is the Mann Cat Sanctuary; they have open days where you’re allowed to go and play with the cats. You can reach it on the steam railway to Santon, which is a request stop where you need to tell the guard you want to get off, and then fly a flag on the platform to get back on again.

toffle - 04 Jan 2022 16:05:13 (#9 of 27)

During the summer, has a certain bygone seaside resort charm.

Will still be cold and windy though.

If you enjoy walking, the coastline is picturesque (albeit rather precipitous).

TheExcession - 04 Jan 2022 16:42:46 (#10 of 27)

I went once - like others have said: in the summer. It's oddly somewhat warmer than either Britain or Ireland (something to do with the ocean currents IIRC) so there are loads of butterflies in summer. The steam railways and tramways are lovely and the scenery is very picturesque. Good locally caught seafood as well.

It's very laid back - a bit like rural Ireland in that respect.

upgoerfive - 04 Jan 2022 16:46:02 (#11 of 27)

There is very good sea fishing, I'm told, if that's your thing.

Chazzer - 04 Jan 2022 16:50:19 (#12 of 27)

My Mum and Dad went on Honeymoon there and I suspect my older sister was conceived there. This is my IoM story.

HoHoHoff - 04 Jan 2022 16:51:29 (#13 of 27)

It just seems such a dull place for a holiday

Tenesmus - 04 Jan 2022 16:59:35 (#14 of 27)

Unless you're very into the TT.

(See YouTube reactions - Yanks watching videos of the TT)

HoHoHoff - 04 Jan 2022 17:02:50 (#15 of 27)

Yeah, I could go for the TT.

FredDee - 04 Jan 2022 17:04:09 (#16 of 27)

Ballpark figures as to pipistrelle population ?

TheExcession - 04 Jan 2022 17:31:30 (#17 of 27)

Samantha always takes part in the TT. She says there's nothing more exciting than spending the weekend with something hot and throbbing between her legs whilst she laps Douglas.

Shadrack22 - 05 Jan 2022 16:54:18 (#18 of 27)

Not really fussed about steam trains, motor bikes or fishing unfortunately. I thought it might be an interesting offshoot of the mainland - lots of standing stones, mountains and other features, all crammed into this small island with its own microclimate of weirdness.

FleurDuMal - 05 Jan 2022 17:19:42 (#19 of 27)

There’s always Lady Isabella ..,.

elderberry - 05 Jan 2022 17:36:35 (#20 of 27)

I liked the Manx museum, and the folk museum near the south of the island - good places to give you ideas of where else to visit.

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