Isle of Man

Spent this last week in the Isle of Man. The small island between the UK and Ireland, if you’re not sure what I’m talking about. We got the ferry from Heysham – just past Liverpool. Ferry cost almost as much as a week self-catering. In fact, it was only £30 cheaper.

Stayed at the Fairy Lodge. Lovely cottage let by the Shutts, about 100 yards from Fairy Bridge. Would definitely recommend staying here. The kitchen was stocked with essentials like bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee, and other things, when we got there. This made it a lot easier to settle from day one.

The lodge was very comfortable and clean, with tvs, washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, hairdryer, dvd, and loads more. Made our stay very enjoyable. It was also very easy and quick to pack our things at the end of the week – except we forgot to empty the fridge!

Some lovely places on the island. We had a drive up Snaefell. You can get a train ride up there as well. We didn’t pick the best day as the clouds were low. We had our heads in the clouds all the time we were up in the hills. Literally. The views were breath taking when the clouds parted. The drops were ghastly. One wrong swerve and we’d have been flying.

We saw seals basking on the rocks of the Calf of Man – lots of them. The walks through the glens were gorgeous, and unspoilt. There were nice beaches and pebble beaches. Lots of boats and lots of motorbikes as the TT races are on this week. Eating out is expensive, but the meals are huge and very nice. Could have done without the wind. That was the only thing that spoiled the holiday.

Spent a few hours in the Manx Museum in Douglas. Learnt a lot about the Tynwald. This is the oldest running government dating back to the Vikings. Makes the Isle of Man unique. Felt like I was in the UK, but also felt like I was abroad. You can use UK money but they also have there own pound notes/coins, also with the queens head on. There is also a £1 note.

Holiday I would recommend.

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