Douglas "Douglas is much, much busier than the rest of the island and had its fair share of groups of tourists out to drink too much for the weekend, but luckily they did all seem to quieten down and leave us to have a decent nights sleep, while we were there..."
Peel Harbour "Peel is a lovely little fishing town on the west of the island. It is famous for its sunsets, castle, cathedral and kippers..."
Silverdale Glen "Silverdale Glen had to be visited because it brought back such vivid memories of my early childhood. I remember spending ages choosing which wooden horse I would ride on, on the roundabout. And then always wishing I'd picked the one my big sister was riding..."
Snaefell "...the road bridge here is where bikes speed by underneath you during the Isle of Man TT Races..."
Trams and railway at Douglas "The electric railway runs from here north to Ramsey, stopping at Laxey, where you can change trains to board the Snaefell Mountain railway. The trains pass through some fantastic scenery and are very popular with visitor to the island..."
Looking up at the Laxey Wheel "The impressive size and distinctive white, red and black paintwork of the Laxey Wheel make it stand out as one of the Isle of Man's most famous landmarks..."
The Isle of Man is a beautiful, small island in the Irish Sea, between the English Lancashire coast and Ireland. The scenery is gorgeous hills, mountains, quiet countryside; or if you prefer the coast, there are pretty, sandy and pebbly beaches and dramatic cliffs.
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Isle of Man Centenary TT Races. The Isle of Man is known all over the world as the location of the 'TT Races'. Motorcycle Racing takes over the island for two weeks each Summer.
2007 was the 100th Anniversary of the TT races.
Many famous personalities have made the Isle of Man their home, Sir Norman Wisdom, who had a house called 'Ballalough' (house of laughs / belly laugh), Jeremy Clarkson who owns a section of coastline near Langness lighthouse near Castletown, and is reported to not like you to walk your dog there. The celebrity list of famous people living in the Isle of Man also includes BBC radio & TV broadcaster Andy Kershaw ( No Off Switch - Andy Kershaw ), who has a home in Peel.
The island is famous for kippers, tailess cats and its symbol; the Three Legs of Man. The latter is a symbol of its independence, whose inscription means "whichever way you throw me I stand".
The Isle of Man is perfect walking country and well served for families, with its many glens and beaches. We went during the first weekend of the school summer holidays and were surprised that it was so quiet. Driving around the narrow, country lanes was no problem; nevertheless, there are many warnings on these roads, urging drivers to take care. The island is thirty three miles long and thirteen miles wide, with over one hundred and sixty miles of roads. You can also get around by bus, taxi, horse drawn tram or the electric and steam railways.
The whole place has a very laid-back, old-fashioned feel to it, which was quite charming. It seemed decidedly underdeveloped and unchanged from when I used to go there for family holidays nearly forty years ago!
The Island has its own currency, but this is interchangeable with British money, although you'll need to remember that the Manx notes cannot be spent on the Mainland when you get home.
The highest point on the island is Snaefell at 621 metres high. The longest river is the River Sulby (over 10 miles). There are about 76,000 people currently living on the island (2005 figures), making a population density of about 345 people per square mile (133 per square kilometre).
We were fascinated to find out that the Manx government promotes the use of the island as a location for making films, by contributing to the production costs. Since 1995 the Isle of Man has been used as the set for many films and has now a worldwide reputation for feature film and television dramas (e.g. The Shadow Line, TT3D: Closer To The Edge, The Decoy Bride, Waking Ned, Island at War, Tom Brown's Schooldays and Stormbreaker). It has become one of the busiest areas of film production in the British Isles
You may also be aware that the Isle of Man is a low tax economy with income tax rates of 10% and 20% and 0% rate of corporate tax. Offshore banking, manufacturing, and tourism are the key sectors of the economy of the Isle of Man. The government has a policy of offering incentives to high-technology companies and financial institutions to encourage them to locate on the Island.
The 'Triskelion' - Manx Emblem of the Isle of Man.