Activities & events, Isle of Man
Often referred to as 'the Jewel in the Irish Sea', the Isle of Man may be small, but there is a lot on offer for any holidaymaker as there is a wealth of things to see and do and places to visit. Of course holidays can be as relaxed or as busy as you choose and there is a scintillating choice whatever the time of year and whatever the weather.
A must see is the capital of the island, Douglas. A typical Victorian style seaside town, there are many places of historical interest as well as shops, cafés, restaurants, bars and places of entertainment. Douglas is also the starting point for the steam and electric railways departing from opposite ends of the Promenade and linked by horse-drawn trams which "clip clop" along the two miles of Douglas promenade. The steam railway has been meandering its way through the countryside since 1874 and travels from Douglas to Port Erin. The 17 mile electric tram railway travels from Douglas to Ramsey following the rugged eastern coast for much of its journey.
For the adventurous, there are many types of watersports on offer which are popular with residents and visitors alike. Visiting the Isle of Man gives you the opportunity to try sea kayaking, coasteering, gorge scrambling and rock climbing.
With a wide range of footpaths to enjoy, the Isle of Man is a walkers delight with stunning views, gentle rolling hills, rugged cliffs, picturesque glens. Whether you take a gentle stroll or embark on a challenging hike, walking will enable you to enjoy and discover the beauty of the island.
For the birdwatcher the Isle of Man offers a rich variety of species, several of which are rarities in other parts of the British Isles and are Manx specialities such as Peregrine, Chough and Raven.
If you are a keen cyclist, there are six dedicated routes to follow, which include trails around Douglas, Port Erin, Castletown, Peel, Laxey and Ramsey, all of differing levels and all offering the same delightful pleasures of the open air. The Lighthouse Experience is a classic a classic training ride calling in on the Island's lighthouses (where possible!) and taking in most of the Island's coastline. In good weather you will be able to see Ireland, Scotland, England & Wales.
Thrill seekers venture to the Isle of Man every summer for the Tourist Trophy, more commonly known as the Isle of Man TT. If you choose to visit during this time it's sure to be an experience you'll remember for years to come. Or for something a little different, try visiting during Tynwald Day or Manx National Day.