Round The World and other travels

A frequent flyer's collection of trip diaries

May 2008 : Isle of Man

I've been aware of the Isle of Man's existence, its independent political status and its tourism potential since childhood. All the more surprising, then, given its relative proximity, that it has taken me all this time to get round to making my first visit. I was on the island for a total of just 32 hours and managed to have an excellent weekend break, packing in a good number of sights. Even so, I never made it north of a line joining Peel, Snaefell and Laxey! Ah well, it's good to leave something for next time

Calf Sound & Port Erin

My favourite spot on the island was the southern tip, looking across the Sound to the smaller Calf of Man island. The nearby town of Port Erin has an attractive bay and is the southern terminus of the Steam Railway.


This west-coast town has an interesting little harbour and castle (situated on St Patrick's Isle) and is home to the excellent House of Mannanan museum.


The island's capital lies along a sweeping bay and has much of the appearance of a British seaside resort - bigger and less abandoned than the traditional Scottish resorts; quieter and less garish than many of the English ones.

Laxey & Snaefell

On Sunday morning, in bright but bracing conditions, I made a trip to Laxey (famous for its Great Wheel - the largest working water wheel in Europe) and up the mountain railway to the summit of Snaefell.


Castletown, near the airport, is the ancient capital of the island.

Vintage Transport

The Isle of Man has its fair share of preserved transport evoking a bygone age, including the quaintly but accurately named Steam Railway and Electric Railway, the Snaefell mountain railway and the horse-drawn trams on Douglas Promenade.

Based at : Hilton Douglas

Linked reports from the same trip :-

Flight Log : BA8811