One of the places I’ve never been to in the UK but have heard so much about is the Isle of Man. Located between the Irish Sea between England and Ireland, this small island (only 33 x 12 miles) is known for its rugged coastline, medieval castles and beautiful rural landscape and has a population of less than 90,000. The Isle of Man is a very popular location with holiday makers and here are just some of the reasons why:
Culture and Heritage
The Isle of Man is home to a lot of history. If you’re a history nerd like I am, you would be pleased to know that there’s a whole museum, the Manx Museum which is dedicated to the history of the island. There’s also a couple of historic buildings which are worth a visit such as the Tower of Refuge, also known as St. Mary’s Isle, and is a small structure erected upon a partially submerged reef. This was originally built for the purpose of offering shelter to victims of shipwrecks until help was able to arrive. There’s also Peel Castle which looks wonderful.
National Road Championships
The Isle of Man was home to the 2017 National Road Championships which is an exciting annual event which saw cyclist Steve Cummings became the first man in 10 years to win the British national road race and time trial titles. This attracted sports enthusiasts and spectators bringing a lot of tourism to the island. Road bikes stockist Leisure Lakes Bikes were particularly excited about this year’s races.
Coastline and countryside
The Isle of Man offers beautiful countryside which is perfect for anyone that loves the outdoors and there’s also the picturesque Port Erin which is a popular spot on the island and is definitely one to put on your list if you’re visiting. Bradda Glen offers panoramic views over Port Erin, so is great for any budding photographers.
Have you been to the Isle of Man before? What would you recommend?