Walk with your ancestors in the Isle of Man
In common with Ireland and Scotland, the Isle of Man saw large-scale emigration in the later eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as Manx men, women and children left the Island to make a new life in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other far-flung corners of the British Empire. Now large numbers of their descendants are returning to discover where their ancestors lived and worked, were married and were buried.
Landscape Photography on the Isle of Man
James Brew is a 32 year old Isle of Man photographer with a passion for capturing enduring landscape images of his home island, the Isle of Man. Here we share some of his fantastic images and why he loves photography on the island.
Dark Skies - Stargazing on the Isle of Man
Situated far away from the UK’s large cities, the Isle of Man is well known within the astronomy community as a great location for dark skies. From the amateur to the expert, when clear skies permit, it is a stargazing spectacle for everyone.
The End 2 End Mountain Bike challenge
The Isle of Man is well known for racing on two wheels with the World famous TT road race. However the island is also home to some fantastic road cycling and mountain biking with events taking place year round. The End 2 End is one such challenge. taking place in September each year.
Tynwald Day: A very Manx "thing"
‘Thing’. Just a non-descript word, right? Think again…
‘Before our Parliaments, before our High Courts, there were Things’. The word ‘Thing’ comes from the old Norse for ‘assembly’ – þing – an early system of justice and administration, established by the Vikings and early Norse settlers in Norway, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Shetland, Orkney, the Scottish Highlands, and the Isle of Man.
The Isle of Man's top scenic drives
For anyone who has ever taken a road trip on the Isle of Man, it is not hard to see why popular TV programme Top Gear described it as “a motorist’s Heaven”. But it is not just die hard petrol heads that avail of the joys of motoring on the Island. A combination of limited traffic, stunning vistas and the sheer variety in highways available make touring the island a real pleasure for even the most reticent motorist.
Gentle marine giants of the Isle of Man
Located in the gulf stream, our rich waters attract a rich variety of marine life, from the hundreds of seals around the Calf of Man, porpoises, whales & dolphins through to our giant summer visitors - the basking shark, when conditions are right you can be in for a real treat.
Our favourite hidden beaches on the Isle of Man
The main island beaches located in our towns and villages are popular with everyone, but as one would expect the island is home to many little known coves, delightful beaches, intriguing rocky outcrops and enchanting caves all lying undiscovered by the majority. Picking the best is difficult but we take a look at some of our favourites.