The Isle of Man
Located in the Irish Sea, is the Isle of Man. On the eastern side of the island is the city of Douglas. Douglas is the capital of The Isle of Man. The only way to reach Douglas is by ferry via the mainland. Douglas is virtually the only place to see on this tiny little island, although natural beauties abound throughout the island, the only excitement can be found in Douglas.
Outdoor activities that the city plays host to include golf (of course), rock climbing, and hiking. The Curraghs Wildlife Park is a popular outdoor hotspot on the island along with the Glen Maye National Glen park. If you crave adventure then make sure and schedule your trip around the TT Grandstand where bikes endure a grueling 37 mile mountain course racing to the finish line.
Historic landmark spots include The Laxey Wheel, The Story of Mann trail, and the Manx Museum. The city of Douglas has a long history as a seaside harbor city, so there is plenty of seemingly unexciting historical information to soak up about this island village.
For nightlife and the best indoor eatery stops check out 14North Douglas, Isola (a Mediterranean/Italian favorite), Portofino (situated in the beautiful marine harbor with 4 star quality food). The best bars to hitup during your stay include, the Coast Bar & Brasserie (with 360 degree views of the promenade), Artisan (for craft wines and beers), and The Courthouse (a great place to start a night out).
No small seaside coast town would be complete without its own annual festivals and events, and Douglas is no different. During the fall The Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival caters to celebrity chefs and breweries from across the UK. If you want to enjoy the delectable creations that the best of the best have to offer, then plan your trip to Douglas during this time of the year.
Peel Activities and Things to Do
Peel is on the West Coast of the Isle of Man. It is the main fishing port on the Isle of Man and it is famed for its red sandstone that was used to build many of the major buildings in the town. Perhaps one of its most striking features is the Victorian promenade, which will give visitors to the town a taste of its history.
Peel is the ideal place for people that like to get outside as there are numerous glens to visit; the town is full of spectacular views, so make sure that you take a digital camera with you.
Getting to Peel
It is easy to travel to the Isle of Man by air or seas. Most of the major UK airports have good links with the Isle of Man and there are regular flights.
The other option is to travel by ferry. There are four ferry services around the UK that will take you to Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man. Two of the major ferry services operate from Liverpool and Belfast.
What’s on and where to go
Peel Castle is one of the best known tourist attractions and if you travel around a bit then you’ll find a variety of things to see and do. Curraghs Wildlife Park has more than 100 species of wetland animals, the Manx National Heritage Centre is another key attraction, and if you want to get outside, there are 18 different glens to visit.
There are several festivals in Peel in the spring and summer. The main ones are the Manx Music Festival, which is held in April. The Easter Festival, Isle of Man is held at –you’ve guessed it – Easter, and features a host of sporting activities including a 10k run and a hill race. The Peel Traditional Boat Weekend is held in July/August.
The Craft Works Centre is a ceramic studio in Silverdale Glen. They offer silver clay and pottery painting and they also host workshops.
Mooragh Water Park is in Ramsey, Isle of Man. There are acres of lakes for rowing and canoeing; if you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, then they also provide facilities for crazy golf and tennis.
Onchan Pleasure Park is in Douglas Bay. There are plenty of team activities to get involved with including motor boating, bumper boating, bowling and golf.
The Creek Inn is great for food and drink as it also has a restaurant.
Douglas in the Isle of Man is home to the Tahiko nightclub; for restaurants, try Filbeys or The Boatyard fish restaurant.
Things to do in Castletown
Castletown is a place that reminds you of how life should be – in a picturesque, quiet place that preserves the past and yet keeps pace with the new. Located in the Isle of Man, this historic town continues to attract visitors from across the world, who come to experience its beauty and its past that is evident at every step of the way.
Home to one of the best preserved castles anywhere, Castle Rushen, tourists also have a chance of visiting other significant sites including the Old House of Keys, the Old Grammar School and the Nautical Museum.
The medieval castle, which now is operated as a museum, also houses the official court of the area today. Plays recreating the old ways of life at the castle are held often and offer a great opportunity to learn more about the history of the place.
Telling the political story of the place is the House of Keys, restored to its original glory and run as a museum, where visitors can get a sense of how law making happened in the times gone by. Located near the harbor, quite fittingly, is the Nautical Museum built round yacht Peggy.
An old chapel which was later used a school has today been restored as a museum, the Old Grammar School, provides a glimpse into the past and still has some of the original items used during teaching in those days.
The town is well connected by rail, road and air – making it easily accessible at all times of the year.
Every July, the motorcycling course at Castletown plays host to the annual racing competition – Southern 100 – an event that traces its history to 1955. Another event unique to this town, which is the subject of much fascination among tourists, is the annual Tin Bath Championships.
And yes, it is exactly what you think it is! The participants in this event have to cover as much stretch of water as possible in tin baths. All of this is, of course, done for a good cause and the money raised is donated to various charities. One of the most popular events here, it draws an enthusiastic response every year from both locals and outsiders alike.
Tourists can get a printed guide for a walking tour of Castletown, which they can then explore at leisure – strolling through the well maintained, gorgeous old architecture of this town. For those looking for a good time in the evening are advised to head to the pubs to get a taste of local culture and meeting with the locals.
You can choose from among the Tap Room, The Sidings or even the Farmers Arms. For a more relaxed meal, there is the option of heading to the Olive Tree Bistro or to the Curry Club for flavorsome Indian food. You can also try the George Hotel, famous for its rustic ambience.
The nightlife in Castletown is generally quiet, even though pubs remain open till late. In case you are looking for a special night out, it is best to head to Douglas is the Isle of Man, a place famous for its night life.