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what is there to do?

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what is there to do?

Im doing some geneology and have traced our family back to the isle of man. We want to plan a trip there to do some more research. Where is it in relation to scotland and would it be a fun and interesting place to visit?

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1. Re: what is there to do?

Isle of Man is off the West Coast of Britain about half way between Cumbria and Northern Ireland. It is south of Stranraer.

It is quite an interesting place, sights include the Laxy Wheel, and it is also famous for the TT Motorbike races. Plus it has its own independent Parliament and Laws, and a very low rate of taxation, so a high population of millionaires!

This website should help:

http://www.visitisleofman.com/

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If you want to get a feel for the Isle of Man, just watch the movie "Waking Ned". It was all filmed on the island - even though it was meant to be Ireland! Many scenes from "Stormbreaker" and "Miss Potter" were also filmed on the island. It is like a microcosm of the British landscape - beaches, hills, valleys, plains. If you want to trace your roots it has fantastic museums about the history of the island. The Manx museum in the capital, Douglas, is very good at taking you through the history of the island since about the 18th century - including audio recordings of the last native Manx speakers ( a bit like Irish gaelic). In Peel the House of Mannanan is an award winning museum where you literally walk through the Viking and Celtic history of the island.

There are two noteworthy castles on the island - Peel Castle - on an island next to the main island - catch it at sunset as the stone glows red. Castle Rushn in the ancient capital - Castletown - is a near perfectly preserved example of a medieval castle in a small harbour town.

The Isle of Man has a wonderful steam narrow guage railway, the worlds oldest operating electric railway. The oft used gag about it being full of millionaires is a bit misleading - the island was almost bust 30 years ago and found its recent fortune through offshore finance - however, you can see in the landscape the rise and fall and rise of its fortunes - glorious Victoriana in the seaside towns, some grim townscapes as a reminder of the poverty of the 20th century, and some impressive newer buildings and restored older ones thanks to the new found boom of the last 15 years. At times you still feel you are in a grim northern town, and at others you are in beautiful surroundings!

All in all if you have ancestry on the island you are privileged - I fell in love with the place 10 years ago and I still enjoy discovering it.

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