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03rd May 2023

Three Things You Must Do on The Isle of Man

Hugh Carr

Good food, good views, and good Lord, the speed…

Despite its position in the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is about as far away from Dublin as Belfast. While the island has always been a must-see destination for motorsport enthusiasts, there’s a whole lot more to see of the island for groups of all shapes and sizes.

JOE recently called over to the Isle of Man, and here are the three must-dos for anyone thinking of going island hopping for a holiday.

MUST STAY – Hotel Halvard

Located on the Douglas promenade overlooking the sea, Hotel Halvard is a modern slice of comfort in a prime location. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and only around the corner from some of the most popular pubs and shops on the island.

Most importantly of all, the post-night-out fry-up was dynamite. This four-star spot is a great choice for anyone thinking of spending some time on the island.

MUST SEE – Port Erin Beach

Located on the south of the island, Port Erin Beach wouldn’t look out of place on the Wild Atlantic Way. Accessible via a steam train from Douglas (well worth the trip for some of the views alone), the town and beach are peaceful slices of island life, with clean sands and nice clear water. If you get the weather while you’re over, there’s no better place for a quick swim to wake you up in the morning.

MUST DO – IOM Trike Tours

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t a notion about racing at all (bar a few seasons of Drive to Survive and one cold weekend at the Donegal International Rally). That didn’t stop me from enjoying the unreal tour of the island with IOM Trike Tours.

I’d recommend the TT Experience tour which brings you around the course that motorcyclists zip around for two weeks in June. The tour guides are great craic, with some of them having literally written books on the subject of the course. If you plan on filming, be sure to hold on to your camera tight…

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Aer Lingus Regional operates up to double daily between Dublin and the Isle of Man. The airline will commence a new link between Belfast City and Isle of Man from 28th April, operating 4 times per week, and increasing to 6-weekly for the peak Summer season. Fares start from £39.99/€39.99. To book visit

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