Armchair travel – Isle of Man

Two superbike races are rounding a 90 degree corner at Ramsey, Isle of Man.

Interesting facts about the Isle of Man

The original language on Mann was called Manx. Manx is a Gaelic language similar to some types of Irish Gaelic. The last native speaker of Manx, Ned Maddrell, died in 1974.

View of Peel Castle from Peel Hill

Mann (short for Isle of Man) has the Oldest Continuous Parliament in the World. Several countries lay claim to this title, but the Manx parliament has been standing without break ever since 979. Icelandic parliament is older but had a 45 year gap in 1800s.

View of the fog rolling in. Viewpoint – Nyarbil

Manx cats have no tail. The Manx is a breed of cat that actually comes from the Isle of Man, and its best known feature is its taillessness. The breed also exhibits very large hind legs and a rounded head.

On top of the world – Peel Hill
Peel Castle in bloom

There’s also a breed of sheep from the island called the Manx Loaghtan, which is known for sometimes having four or six horns.


The Bee Gees are from the Isle of Man. Their parents moved to Australia later on but the Bee Gee brothers were born on the Isle of Man.

Douglas promenade
Entrance to Douglas Bay

The symbol on the Isle of Man flag is the triskelion. It is similar to the symbol of Sicily. The Isle of Man triskelion is composed of three armoured legs with golden spurs, upon a red background. The three legs are known in Manx as ny tree cassyn (“the three legs”).

Hoping to see some basking sharks from this hot spot

On TT races

Mann is the motorcycle racing capital of the world. The International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race has been conducted on the island since 1907. The races are run on the local roads that are closed for this occasion. If you’re going to watch the races, make sure you don’t “lock” yourself within the racing circuit.

Arriving late to watch a race means difficulty with finding a parking spot close by
Getting to the races
  • The first 100mph lap was in 1957 by Bob McIntyre.
  • Top racers today average close to 130mph.
  • John McGuinness is the lap record holder with an average speed of 131.578mph in 2009.
  • The late great Joey Dunlop won the TT a record 26 times.
  •  Traditionally, on the middle Sunday of the 2 weeks over the TT is known as ‘Mad Sunday’, where fans watch in fancy dress as the public are allowed to take to the course on their bikes, with no speed limits on the mountain section!
  • Sadly, the TT has claimed 239 racers over its 106 years

2 thoughts on “Armchair travel – Isle of Man

  1. Great read and great photos. I didn’t know about the bee gees. I was aware that Nigel mansel lived there and was a special constable (unpaid volunteer police officer).
    I enjoyed the 2020 review as well👏👏

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    1. Thank you! 🤗 I knew a few of these facts but I read about them before our trip or found out while on the island. I still think they’re pretty interesting.

      Glad to hear about 2020, I was a bit sceptical about it but I think sitting down and having a look at the past year can help a lot to see what you achieved and how you grew as a person. With everything going on we forget to celebrate the good things.

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