October 12, 2015 at 11:41 AM

The Isle of Man is a great destination for a break.

Do not worry, it is not just about banking, even though you still can open an offshore account - we promise we won’t say anything.

For a weekend break to the Isle of Man you will probably have to drive to Liverpool or Bootle. If you live in the north of the country you can sail from Heysham, it should take roughly 2 to 3 hours to reach the island.

 

Douglas

Douglas is the main port and also the capital of this crown dependency. The city’s date of foundation is unknown due to the absence of any archaeological data; however we can estimate the city’s foundation back to the Bronze Age. When in the city we recommend you visit the Manx Museum to discover the history of the place. Also take the time to enjoy a ride on a horse tram; it is a unique way to discover the city.

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If you are done early in the day drive to Castletown via the A5, it is a 10.5 mile ride.

 

Castletown

The historic capital of Man is dated from 1090 AD and home of the original Tynwald (the legislature of the Isle of Man). The town is still a fisherman’s port. Despite its small size the town is home to Castle Rushen and the Old House of Keys(lower house of Tynwald).

Castle Rushen is definitely the most impressive landmark of the town. Originally built in the 12th and 13th century by the Kings of Mann and the Isles whom last king is recorded to have died there in 1265. However, the castle was continuously developed throughout its history. It was the cradle of many wars and was dominated by several people such as the Norse, the Scots and the English.

The castle subsequently used as a stronghold, an administrative centre and a prison, control of the castle was handed over to Manx National Heritage in July 1988 and was opened to the public in July 1991.

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For lovers of Celtic ruins we recommend you visit Meayll, it’s only 5.7 miles South-West of Castletown, just take the A5.

 

Meayll Circle

The Meayll Circle, also known as Mull Circle, is a megalithic chambered tomb covering an 18 metre circle and contains twelve graves believed to date from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age. There is something magical about this place overlooking the sea; we could easily imagine ourselves among some druids in the night proceeding sacred rituals.

Take the time to feel the spirituality of the place, it is quite unique.

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When you are ready hit the road to Niarbyl, jump on the A29 from Gansey then follow the A7, once in Colby take the A27. Allow 25-30 minutes.

 

Niarbyl

This stop is not compulsory however it would be a pity to miss one of the most beautiful landscapes the Isle has to offer, especially some that have lived for over 140 million years.

 

When you have finished take the road to Peel, jump on the A27 for 5 miles.

 

House of Mannanan, Peel

The house of “the Island’s sea god” is a beautiful setting to teach you about the Isle’s rich maritime history across its Celtic, Viking periods till modern times. Definitely a must do

Do not miss the Celtic roundhouse and the Viking Longhouse; they are probably the most impressive elements. When you are in Peel do not forget to have a look at the Castle ruins and the near-by cathedral.

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Once you have seen all you wanted to take the A4 to Kirk Michael and follow on the A3 to Ballure, then switch on to the A2 until Cashtal yn Ard. In theory, it takes about 45 minutes, however we recommend that you take your time as you will be enjoying the coastal road.

 

Cashtal yn Ard

Another Neolithical site, the Cashtal yn Ard (The Castle of the Heights) are the remains of the largest ‘Long Barrow’ tombs in the Isle of Man and one of the largest in the British Isles. Dating from around 2000 BC these remains consist of 5 main chambers. Originally the structure was covered by a large earthwork measuring 120 feet in length by 45 feet wide.

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Once you’re done just follow the coast southwards on the A2 to Laxey.

 

Laxey Wheel, Laxey

Wow, that is a wheel! The Great Laxey Wheel is the largest surviving working wheel of its kind in the world. Designed by Robert Casement and built in 1854 to pump water from Glen Mooar is a 22m (72.5 feet) diameter structure that has been one of the Isle’s most known attractions for the past 150 years.

Definitely a must do when on the Isle.

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Now as the weekend is probably over you should head back to Douglas and sail back to the mainland.

 



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