The Isle of Man (known locally as Ellan Vannin in Manx) is an island located in the British Isles in the middle of the Irish Sea. The island is known for being a great place to spend a quiet break away from the UK mainland, while it has a unique culture which has been preserved for centuries, as evident in the local language, Manx. Among the Isle of Man’s many attractions include fully-operational steam railways, the amazing examples of Georgian-era architecture which line the streets of Douglas, its capital and its partly mountainous landscape which offers many a great walking route. Here, you’re also likely to find that, despite its size, the Isle of Man doesn’t lack anything in terms of culture, shopping and dining out.
Driving in Isle Of Man
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Important things to note
Many of the island’s driving laws are similar to those enforced in the rest of the UK, with few real differences aside from one regarding upper speed limits.
Caravans and other forms of camper trailer are actually prohibited from being brought onto the Isle of Man.
Petrol on the island is more expensive than it is in the UK. Be sure to drive with caution in order to make the most of what’s in the tank.
Highlights & Hotspots
Every June, the Isle of Man TT Races take place across the island. Motorbike racers from all over the world come to ride around the circuit, which takes in major and minor roads running throughout the Isle of Man. Visitors can join in by driving at speed too, within reason.
The Manx Museum in Douglas is worth a look if wanting to know more about the island’s rich history. If you want to know even more, the Story of Mann will take in many museums as well as major historical sites such as Peel Castle.
Anyone with a thirst for adventure should take the tram or go walking up Mt Snaefell, the highest mountain on the Isle of Man. At the summit, on a clear day you should be able to see all of the ‘Six Kingdoms’ – England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Heaven.
The island has two historic railways – the Isle of Man Railway in the south between Douglas, Castletown and Port Erin and Manx Electric Railway between Douglas and Ramsey. Both use wonderfully-restored 19th century carriages.