Quite a while back (ok, many months ago) I visited the Isle of Man for the very first time. For a solid six and a half years Andy had been randomly exclaiming ‘we really should go sometime…’ and with the brief return of one of his oldest friends, we booked a cheap as chips Easyjet flight and were on our merry way.
Andy’s mum, having grown up on the island, met us there and we quickly stopped off at her (and Andy’s) old school, which is quite the building!
We then headed to a beautiful location for lunch and seal spotting.
And attempted to take a photo of ourselves. Not only is Andy making the gimpiest face I’ve ever seen. but the wind wasn’t helping matters either.
Don’t let the glorious sunshine beach shots fool you. It was FREEZING.
The next day we headed to the tin baths, a yearly tradition on the island. It does what it says on the tin (waheeey): it really is people racing eachother in tin baths!
It seemed like the whole island were gathered in Castletown.
The festivities kicked off with a couple of snake races. The nuns went all out, but the local farmers won.
And then for the main event!
I didn’t know gorillas were scared of water but this one certainly didn’t fancy a dip.
My favourite of all the tin baths: the pirate ship… yearrrrgh!
The afternoon called for more sedate activities. Coffee, cake, and a wander around some gardens.
The next morning, kipper sarnies and a coastal walk were in order.
Literal sitting ducks.
Our final day was spent camping with Andy’s lovely family friends, but we couldn’t resist a trip up the mountain. For any biking enthusiasts among you, you’ll know the IOM plays host to one of the most famous biking races: the TT. Hundreds of bikers gather from all the world each year to race up (and down) the mountain. I just fancied a gentle walk up it myself…
A final trip to the beach before we headed off, and I catch Andy on his phone. He may call himself a country boy but I’m not so sure anymore…
Isle of Man, you weren’t quite as mad as I expected… but you were wonderful. A lovely location for a short break.