Q: Where do you live?
A: I live in the Isle of Man.
Q: What did you say?
Q: Isle of Man?
Q: Isle what?
Q: Island for Man?
These are mostly of the questions I have received every time I told them that I live in the Isle of Man.
Yeah! I know most of you don’t know or haven’t heard of this place.
So here I am I will give you more information about it.
According to Wikipedia, 😀 Isle of Man, Man also spelt Mann, Manx Gaelic Ellan Vannin or Mannin, Latin Mona or Monapia. This is one of the British Isles located in the Irish Sea off the northwest coast of England. The island lies roughly equidistant between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom but rather is a crown possession that is self-governing in its internal affairs under the supervision of the British Home Office.
The main international event associated with the island is the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race and we called it as “The TT”. It takes place in late May and early June. The TT is now an international road racing event for motorcycles and considered to be one of the greatest motorcycle sporting events of the world.
So yeah! I’m done describing this place and I hope it does make sense to you guys. 😀
The Isle of Man is beautiful when the sun is out.
Now I will give you more idea if where you can find the instagrammable places on the island.
So keep scrolling guys 🙂
1. Douglas Head
Douglas Head is one of my favourite place on the island because of the great overlooking view of Douglas Bay and harbour. Every summertime, you can sit/ lie down on the grass to enjoy the weather, play with rabbits and also enjoy the beautiful view. This place is a popular picnic spot as well. They have an outdoor BBQ grill.
No fee, everything is Free!
Marine Drive is located on Douglas Head linking Douglas with Port Soderick. In this location, you can find binoculars which give you an opportunity to view the surrounding coastline.
This is my favourite spot to run/jog because of the view. Most people doing the same thing and you can see other walking with their dogs or do cycling.
2. Groudle Glen
The hidden gem on the island and one of the must-see attraction on the island.
This place situated in Groudle, a glen on the outskirts of Onchan on the Isle of Man.
There has plenty of good walking along the picturesque valley but this is not for anyone with difficulty walking as the station going the Groudle Glen Railway needs a little climbing to reach it, but well worth the visit for everyone else.
While walking along the path, you can see a small water wheel and we called it Little Isabella and this is located in the lower glen.
If you don’t know the history, the wheel has been used for various purposes including pumping water to the Groudle Hotel and providing power for the fairy lights that ran through the glen from the entrance to Lhen Coan, the terminus of the Groudle Glen Railway.
3. Home of Rest of Old Horses
Home of Rest of Old Horse is located along Richmond Hill in Douglas. You can go there by Bus, by Vehicle or by Railway.
I absolutely love this place and I want to go back here if I have spare time.
The facilities are well maintained by their volunteer staff.
They have over 60 horses, ponies, and donkeys and you can see their museum, cafe, gift shop, and a charity shop too.
You can buy a bucket of food to feed the horses for the only £1.50 so not too bad.
The horses are not shy and really enjoy visitors. They actually get very excited when they see you have food ☺️
Also, their locations are very picturesque with excellent views of the surrounding countryside. I always come out of there with a big smile on my face.
Free entry but If you are willing to help, you can make a donation.
4. Explore the Shopping High Street in Douglas
If you want to see beautiful art then go find this.
This is situated in Douglas main shopping called Stand Street.
Strand Street is a capital main shopping area and you will find High Street names as well as a load of local shops.
You can see this beautiful art in the small alley beside TK Maxx.
Usually Shopping Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9 am until 5:30 pm
Sunday: 12 pm until 5 pm
5. Cronk Ny Arrey Laa
This cotton field is very unusual on the island.
Is this for real?
Hell Yeah! The white cotton field does exist in the Isle of Man.
The best time to visit this cotton field is from June and July when the weather is warm.