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Review: Isle of Man

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United Kingdom

Why haven't we been here before?

  • By SilverTraveller thicko3

    1 review

  • Jul 2012
  • Husband

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Easy flight from Bristol to Douglas, picked up our hire car and drove to our self catering apartment in Port Erin (all achieved in a few hours). Port Erin is a picturesque small town in the south west of the island, a lovely sandy beach, several pubs and restaurants and supermarkets for getting food if you are self catering. Our apartment was directly opposite the station for the Port Erin to Douglas steam train (much to my husband's delight). Travelled on said train the next morning and then on the horse drawn tram to the electric railway to Laxey and then on the mountain railway to the top of Snaefell, the views were magical and you could see, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland from the top. Back down the mountain to Laxey to admire the huge waterwheel and do a fascinating Industrial Trail. If you have membership of English Heritage or The National Trust many of the Isle of Man museums have a reciprocal arrangement which saved a considerable amount of money. All the museums that we visited were well laid out and informative, but I can especially recommend, The House of Manannan in Peel and Peel Castle, the Manx Museum in Douglas, the National Folk Museum in Cregneash and Castle Rushen in Castletown. We were not there during TT Race time, but the roads were quiet, although there are some sharp bends in places, and it pays to stop to look at the scenery. The scenery is beautiful, from mountains to glens. Favourite spot of all was near us at Cregneash, where you can watch seals and waterbirds in the Sound overlooking the Calf of Man and warm up in the Sound Visitor Centre with a cup of hot chocolate. I don't know how they cook their fish and chips on the Isle of Man, but they were the best we have ever tasted! We also enjoyed good meals out at 14 North in Douglas, The Creek Inn in Peel and The Bohemian and The Cherry Orchard (where our apartment was) in Port Erin. The locals were all extremely friendly (I've never known airport staff to be so chatty!) All in all a fabulous holiday, lot's more to see and do so we shall definitely go back.

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  • ESW
    over 7 years ago
    We'd been talking about going to the Isle of Man for years before we actually made it. It is a magical place and so unspoilt. There were crickets singing and goose spit everywhere. There were even cornflowers growing in a corn field... a sight I've only seen depicted in old fashioned children's picture books.

    The reciprocal arrangements als apply to holders of Historic Scotland and CADW.