Isle of Man is one of the 10 biggest British Isles. But why welcomes, for example, the Isle of Skye or Great Britain more visitors than the Isle of Man? The Isle of Man (sometimes referred to as Mann) is one of the most rural places in the British Isles that I have seen. Why should you visit this tiny Isle? What does the Isle of Man has to offer? Make sure to read these ten reasons why you should visit the Isle of Man!

  • The most rural place in the British Isles
  • Home to the ultimate ‘must see’ event for motorsport fans across the globe
  • The only place where you can see all of the UK
  • A place full of legend and superstition
  • A heaven for stargazers
  • A treat for nature lovers
  • Home to world’s largest working water wheel 
  • A breeding ground for tailless cat
  • Not an overcrowded Tourist Destination

The most rural place in the British Isles

The isle of man is one of the most rural places in the British Isles. When driving around the isle I discovered many peaceful places, from silent expanses of green and pleasant land to surprisingly calm city centres. Waves crashing against cliffs, shephards in grasslands, medieval castles, a clip-clopping horse-drawn tram, awe-inspiring waterfalls, traditional activities, and glimpses of sun-sparkling sea beyond the woodlands.

Home to the ultimate ‘must see’ event for motorsport fans across the globe

The Isle of Man TT is the ultimate ‘must see’ event for motorsport fans across the globe. Every May and June the Isle of Man turns into motorcycle nirvana as the world’s greatest road racers gather to test themselves against the incredible ‘Mountain Course’. It is known as one of the most dangerous racing events in the world.

Photo by Jan Starek

A place full of legend and superstition

If you are a lover of legend and superstition, make sure to visit the Isle of Man. Stories of ghosts, goblins, giants, and other creatures which supposedly inhabit the island hold more than a grain of truth to the Manx people. For example, consider the Little People of Fairy Bridge. You cannot be certain that your visit will be safe and pleasant if you do not even say as much “good day” to the fairies while crossing the bridge. Other stories include a ghostly black dog at Peel Castle or Gef, the talking mongoose who haunts the lonely mountain farmhouse. Whilst visiting the island, you must never mention the word ‘rat’ as it is believed that if you dare to speak the name of the 4 legged rodent you will be burdened with a lifetime of bad luck! Instead, rats are commonly referred to by other terms as “Longtail” or “ringie”.

The only place where you can see all of the UK

The Isle of Man is the only location in the British Isles from which you can see all the UK’s constituent parts (on clear days), England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are visible from the 2,037ft Snaefell.

A heaven for stargazers

Isle of Man is a stargazing destination. It has 26 officially recognised Dark Sky Discovery Sites, the largest cluster in the British Isles. The Milky Way and, occasionally, the Northern Lights, can be seen with the naked eye. It is a perfect place to admire the Manx night sky.

Photo by James Graham

A treat for nature lovers

The Isle of Man is a designated Biosphere Reserve in recognition of its marine and coastal ecosystems. Of the planet’s 686 reserves, only 11 are found in the British Isles. The southern tip of the Isle of Man is one of the most scenic places where you can soak it all up. Abundant with wildlife and natural wonders, The Calf Sound is a hotspot for grey seals sunbathing on the rocky Kitterland, a small rocky islet. Just behind Kitterland, you can explore Calf of Man, which is an essential destination for birdwatchers, being home to a number of seabird colonies and other species. On the island you can also find plenty of Loaghtan sheep and seals. Or else head to the Point of Ayre, the island’s northern tip, it consists of 8km of sandy coastline and is a good place to spot oystercatchers, seals and basking sharks.

Home to world’s largest working water wheel

The Isle is home to the largest surviving waterwheel of its kind in the world: The Great Laxey Wheel (also known as Lady Isabella). Watch the mighty wheel turn and climb to the top for panoramic views across Glen Mooar Valley. 

A breeding ground for tailless cat

Isle of Man has a breed of tailless cat (cats with a genetic defect). It is a cat seemingly like any other, only missing something: its tail. The cats have a small stub of a tail, but Manx cats are best known as being entirely tailless.

Photo by Omar Belattar

It is a Tax Heaven

The taxation system in the Isle of Man is completely separate from that of its neighbors. There is no capital gains tax, stamp duty, or inheritance tax. Low taxes and various tax reliefs have encouraged many wealthy individuals and families to settle on the island. For companies, the most appealing part of the taxation system is the standard zero rate of corporate tax. 

It is not an overcrowded Tourist Destination

In truth, it’s almost impossible to visit anywhere these days that’s completely untouched by tourism. Locations once considered remote are now typically accessible by plane, car or train. The hidden gems of the world are becoming hot spots for tourists. Isle of Man however, is still an adventurous and enlightening place.. And in my opinion still untouched by tourism. I am sure, Isle of Man will open your eyes and bedazzle you with great impressions and unforgettable memories!

Author: Daphne

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