12 Instagrammable places in Isle Of Man

Roxana Acosta Sosa 09 October 2020 634 views 8 min. read

Whoever says that the Isle of Man is known only for the breed of its tailless cat, the Manx (the one that decided to hunt some mice before getting on the ark, and whose tail Noah cut off with the door), is wrong. This paradise is bathed by the Irish Sea and is one of the most curious and attractive destinations on the planet due to its Instagrammable places. The Viking invasions scene, it has the oldest parliament in the world and is proud to be under the protective umbrella of the United Kingdom. That is why you will find the best places in Isle of man to take memorable photos. As the villagers say, on a clear day you can see up to six kingdoms from its top: the Isle of Man, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England ... and the Sky.

Where is the Isle of Man?

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Surely very few have heard of this island, and even fewer have had the opportunity to include it on their travel list; Beyond the popular Isle Of Man TT race, the Isle of Man is a seldom-frequented destination, with a delightfully extravagant point, gaining in charm with every step you take along the cliffs and beaches along its coastline, the roads, and highways flanked by centuries-old stone boundaries that interrupt its valleys, hills, and forests where you can get the most liked Instagram photo. It is a destination that takes advantage of the lack of references that visitors tend to have to impress them with its beauty even more strongly, as few destinations do on a first visit. But, answering the question of where is the Isle of Man, as I said earlier, it is located in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland. A place that is accessible from various ports, such as Manchester, from where ferries depart regularly. However, it is true that it is an unpredictable sea and that it easily presents bad conditions for navigation. Therefore, a good alternative is to fly to the island's only airport, Ronaldsway. The most Instagrammable places in Isle of Man: 

1. Take photos in its medieval castells

Medieval castells

If you travel to Isle of Man, you must visit the medieval castles as they are the best preserved in Europe. For example, one of them is Castle Rushen. It is formed by five towers of about 24 meters high joined by a wall of 7.5 meters. Through audio that you can acquire at the entrance, you can listen to the history of all the rooms, furniture, and mannequins and know the use they had, from the dining room of the kings, as central offices and even a prison. You can walk on top of the wall, and there are magnificent views of the entire city waiting for you to take some Instagram photos from there. Another of the places to visit in Isle of Man is the Peel Castle: it is a castle built by the Vikings and located on the St Patrick Island. At the entrance, you can also get a very useful audio guide. The ramparts surround the ruins of many buildings that are testimony to the religious and secular importance of the island. St. Patrick's Church and Round Tower from the 11th century, the Cathedral of St. German from the 13th century, and the personal quarters of the Lords of Mann.

2. Immortalize yourself on Tynwald Hill

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I continue through a place that speaks to us of that independent character that makes the inhabitants of the Isle of Man so proud. I am talking about the Tynwald Hill, in St. Johns, another of the best places to see in the Isle of Man. It is an artificial hill in which it is made up of four circular platforms. There the High Court of Tynwald met, considered one of the first parliaments of the world. At present, the island has other parliamentary seats. But it is true that if you visit it on July 5, the national day of the Isle of Man, in this place the island government will meet again to publicize the latest laws passed. Undoubtedly it is a place with a lot of history, which if you travel to Isle of man, it would be great if you took a photo to share it with your Instagram followers and tell them about this place.

3. Discover local traditions

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Now that you know where is the Isle of Man, you should also know that this island has very beautiful places where they tell their traditions. For example, Cregneash is like an open-air museum where traditions and past ways of life are preserved. It consists of about 10 buildings, including a church, and farms with their thatched huts. In the past, the people lived from agriculture; they worked as weavers during the night hours and from fishing; in other words, they made each of these villages in practice self-sufficient. The people who live in Cregneash today still live in traditional huts, and life continues as it has for hundreds of years and still speaks the Manx language (the Isle of Man language itself); You can learn to say good morning: "mghrey mie" and good afternoon "Fastyr mie". On the farm, you will see herds of native sheep, called Loagthan Shepp that have the peculiarity of having 4 or 6 horns and the Manx cat, a breed of cat that does not have a tail. Very curious! that will undoubtedly be the most liked Instagram photo.

4. Walk on the sea

Walk on the sea

Well, walking on the sea is one way of saying, of course. Despite this, this activity proposal on the Isle of Man is not always possible. Another of the famous places in Isle of Man is the Tower of Refuge. It is a tower located on the island of Santa Maria at the other end of the Bay of Douglas. The tower served as a refuge for the sailors waiting for their rescue, since the waters were very dangerous and there were many shipwrecks, the coast was far to go swimming. However, it is possible to walk towards the tower when the tide is low, but this happens a few days a year and for a few hours. If you are lucky enough to be there when the tide goes is low, you will be able to see thousands of people queuing up to cross the bay on foot and reach the castle. It is shocking to see how in a matter of hours the low tide rises again more than 8 meters! I am sure you will want to have your camera on hand and show it to your Instagram fans!

5. Recreation at the Manx Electric Railway museum

Electric Railway

Continuing with the list of places to visit in Isle of Man, you can recreate yourself in the Manx Electric Railway Museum, which takes you back to the time when this transport crossed the Isle of Man. The picturesque Isle of Man opened in 2014 (located in the middle of the Islands) this museum that provides insight into the history of its tram. Although it may seem unimportant due to the size of the island and the network, the truth is that the tram is one of the strong points of tourism on the Isle of Man, among other things because they have the oldest electric tram in the world still operating in its original line (with a Guinness Record that credits it). The museum, located near Derby Castle station, is free to enter and provides insight into the history of this classic tram network that still operates from March to August connecting the towns of Douglas, Laxley, and Ramsey. I am sure your Instagram will look great with a picture of this place!

6.  Enjoy visiting the Manx Aviation and Military Museum

Military Aviation

The Aviation and Military Museum is another of the best places to see in Isle of man because it still has a moving atmosphere where they keep alive the memory of those who have had to go through war. Here, you will see much of the history of local civil and military aviation with huge galleries with their intact planes. The museum offers different exhibits to the public so that the history of those who served the island never die. You will be able to see from airplanes to cannons and from the uniforms of the time to unique articles that have been found in the sea that surrounds the island that was part of the Irish culture. The museum also has a garden where tribute is paid to the Canadian military who fell on the island in World War II. Here you can also buy books and souvenirs to take home and never forget that each place you visit is worthy of respect and memory.

7. Snaefell and the Mountain Railway

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Snaefell means ''snowy mountain'' in Old Norse and is known to be the highest mountain on the island at 2,037 feet. Despite this, reaching its top is very simple because an electric railway is offered where you can see beautiful views, that is why this is another place in Isle of Man tourist choice, or if you wish, you can also climb it by yourself. This tour can be done from April to October.

8. Go to TT races, the most dangerous circuit in the world

TT race in Isle Of Man

"If you don't like our rules, a boat leaves every half hour": this is the sign that reads in the port of Douglas, capital of the British Isle of Man, where the world's most anachronistic and dangerous motorcycle race is held annually. Not surprisingly, this test has already claimed the deaths of 254 pilots in 110 years of history: running at speeds above 300 km / h between walls, curbs, and guardrails give it a special and reckless aura that attracts many athletes. It is not suitable for everyone but no doubt it is one of the best Instagrammable places in the Isle. During fourteen days of competition, the drivers strive to set the best time in this time trial on a circuit that consists of 60.67 kilometres and is made up of roads closed to traffic. Tradition makes it one of those races that motor racing fans do not want to miss, but whose legend increases because of the danger it has. 

9. The best hiking trails are on the Isle of Man

Isle Of Man Hiking Trail

If you travel to the Isle of man, you have to hike through the countless routes where silence is confused with solitude or get on a mountain bike and explore its hills. Is that Isle of Man offers routes with spectacular views of hills and pure nature, ideal for hiking? You will find different trail options for both beginners and more challenging to discover. If it is your first time and you do not know the routes very well, you can do it with an expert guide. To see the best of the island and immortalize those beautiful landscapes by taking Instagram photos, there is no better option than to do it on foot.

10. Enjoy the local gastronomy

Isle Of Man local gastronomy

Because Instagram is a social media that enters through the eyes, today, it is very common to share photos of what we eat. If you visit the Isle of Man, you will find unique dishes worthy of being the most liked Instagram photo. So I want to give you some ideas about the menus. One day it is obligatory to take the most charismatic dish of the local gastronomy: spuds and Herrin or, what is the same, potatoes with herring. And if you like meat more, here, you should eat the local lamb or Loaghtan. Of course, everything is always accompanied by good artisanal beers from this peculiar island that surprises everyone who visits it.

11. Calf of Man

Calf of Man

Speaking of places to visit in Isle of Man, this little island is located near Port St. Mary and Port Erin, which you can visit by boat. If you like the outdoors, birds, and taking photos for your Instagram, this place is for you. Here you will see native Manx shearwater, seals, and other marine life. It is a quiet place where you can spend the night if you wish and walk among the lighthouses called Calf of Man home built in the 19th century

12. Curraghs Wildlife Park

Isle Of Man seaside

This park is a must place to see in Isle of man if you like animals. This place has been in force since the 60s and is very popular for the variety of fauna and flora that you will find here, for example, more than 100 animal species, trails with butterflies, farms, and much more. The park is very beautiful and well cared for by what is considered another of the Instagrammable places on the Isle of Man. Instagram has become the most popular social media, especially among the youngest. We all want to have a photo of the places where the most famous influencers are photographed. Therefore, if you travel to the Isle of Man, do not forget to visit these 12 Instagrammable places. What is your favourite?

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