What to do on the Isle of Man this Autumn

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Ok, it has been a while since my last blog post and it isn’t always photographer related. So in this one, I am going to give a shout-out to some of the local businesses.

Food Glorious Food!

There are so many restaurants to choose from on the island so here is a selection of some eateries on the island.

Little Fish Cafe

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If you are looking for tasty food in a great location with an informal vibe then Little Fish is a great place to wine and dine! Situated on the quayside overlooking the harbour this eatery is light and airy with a great selection of food with daily specials. At Weekends the vibe is a bunch with cocktails. My favourite has to be the Bloody Mary to start with. The fish curries are delicious as is their famous fish and chips. The staff are attentive and very welcoming. For more details click here

Winedown

Looking for a restaurant in the heart of the town then why now book in at Winedown? They offer small plates that are absolutely delicious, my favourite is the Scotch egg and the tempura fish fingers. In addition to the small plates, Winedown also offers specials and sometimes you just might get freshly caught local lobster. This is a very popular restaurant and booking is always advisable. In addition to the restaurant, Winedown also has a shop offering the most amazing wines and spirits to take home after your meal or you can just call in and pick up a bottle. For more details about Winedown, visit here The staff are all great as is the food!

The Shed

On the promenade at Laxey, you will find The Shed. So if you just fancy a cup of fresh hot coffee with a slab of delicious cake then head to Laxey you will not be disappointed I promise you! Seating is outdoors so on colder days you can make use of the blankets The Shed provides you with. This is a great place to just look out to sea or watch the world go by! For details of their opening hours etc visit their website here

Peel Beach Kiosk

Another place in a great location is the Peel Beach Kiosk on Peel Promenade. Their warm sausage baps are a great start to anyway. Again the coffee is fresh and hot. The staff are all so friendly and you will always be greeted with a warm smile. Peel is famous for its medieval castle and the dolphins that you might see swimming in the sea. Peel is also famous for its kipper curing so, if you visit you might be able smell this. Although the kiosk does not have a website their details can be found on Facebook here

The Creek

Overlooking the harbour in Peel and near the House of Manannan you will find The Creek. It’s a pub offering such a wide selection of dishes. The food is local and plentiful. The Creek is busy and very popular with locals and visitors. They also hold lots of live music events throughout the year. I would highly recommend The Creek. On the build-up to Christmas they offer their famous Christmas Lunch Bap, believe me, this is very tasty…. I can’t wait for these to be back on the menu. Again you will be greeted with a warm welcome and tasty food. For more details visit them here

More More More

So besides the foodie thing, I have to say the island does have such a varied and wide selection of restaurants so go and explore, there are far too many to recommend. What else can you do during the Autumnal days here on the Isle of Man?

The Isle of Man Steam Train will still be running throughout November, so if you fancy a trip to the south of the island and want to cut through the Manx countryside then this is a must. You will see lots of beautiful properties as the train chugs along its track. There is something very nostalgic about this, it is as if you have travelled back in time. The Steam Train also offers a great dining experience so why not turn back the clock and explore the island? For more details about the train and timetable, please visit their website here When you reach your designation of Port Erin, why not treat yourself to probably the island’s best fish and chip shop? This is a must for any fish and chip fan. All is freshly prepared with the lightest and tasty batter, just thinking about it is making me hungry. Give them a visit here

And Time to Relax!

Situated in the north of the Isle of Man and just outside the village of Andreas, you will find the beautiful Brightlife. What is Brightlife I hear you say if you do not already know! This is the island’s premier spa. It is also known as The Spa with a View. Imagine relaxing in the beautiful hydro-pool looking at the Manx hills and stunning countryside. Brightlife is truly a hidden gem on the Isle of Man. The Spa offers various day and stays packages. At Brightlife they only offer holistic treatments with the highest quality of organic products. Earlier this year Brightlife introduced a range of CBD massages which are very popular. My favourite treatment has to be the Kundalini Back Treatment, if you want to experience total calm and relaxation then why not give Brightlife a visit? Their staff are caring and always want to give you the best experience. As for the food, this is delicious and all locally sourced. For details on the spa packages then visit their website here

History

There are plenty of Manx National Heritage sites that remain open during the Winter months. This year the Manx National Heritage is celebrating its 100th year. Currently, there is an exhibition at the Manx museum celebrating this with some never seen before finds. For more information then give them a visit

Walking the Isle

The island has such a varied and dramatic landscape so why not explore this on foot? The island has so many walkways to explore. Suitable for all abilities, for details click here or if you fancy a guided walk then now know give Manx Walks a go. Here you will explore lots of hidden places on the island and unlock some of its history right in front of your eyes!

Drama

Another favourite place of mine is the beautiful Gaiety Theatre. The Gaiety is now over 100 years old and has been beautifully restored to its original state. There is a variety of plays, musicals and comedy nights to choose from throughout the year. Also if you want to explore behind the scenes then you can. Book a visit so you can see what happens behind the curtain. For more information, click the links.

To Stay or Not to Stay

If you are local and do not want to leave the island then there are plenty of places to stay. From boutique to traditional the choice is endless. Here is a selection to feast your eyes on.

Loft 11

A centrally located loft in the heart of town. In their words,

We are an independent boutique NYC-style loft apartment focused on luxury, comfort and style. Complete with an array of carefully tailored quality amenities that are perfect for hosting short or long-term guests.

Loft Eleven is expertly designed to create an outstanding ‘next level’ guest experience; an unrivalled home-away-from-home.

Architecturally designed in a high-end contemporary yet vintage style. Tastefully decorated by internationally accredited design studio, Rehab Squared. Loft Eleven has an open-plan living/dining/kitchen/entertaining space with two luxurious double bedrooms, mezzanine level cinema lounge and a private bar.

Indulgent amenities include: Marshall speaker, vinyl record player, custom large-scale pop art, water rowing machine, leather punch bag with boxing gloves, Malin & Goetz toiletries, high thread count Egyptian bedding and furniture by British designer Timothy Oulton.

Lay your hat and drop your bags at Loft Eleven.

For more information and to book visit here

Seaside Cottages

Fancy a weekend or a few days away?

With three properties to choose from, 2 in Port Erin and the new addition in Castletown there is something for everyone.

Port Erin holiday cottages at the beach. Seaview is a beach-front cottage with a private garden and incredible views from every room. 

Palm Villa is a renovated modern townhouse in a secluded spot close to the beach overlooking a footbridge and stream that runs to the sand. 

The new property in Castletown has views of Castle Rushen and is very close to Castletown Harbour, in the owners words:

Castleview is a beautiful spacious self-catering holiday home with a private parking space located in the centre of Castletown. It boasts not only fabulous close-up views of Castle Rushen but also Castletown harbour.  

This pet friendly three bedroom Georgian town house is set over three floors and is perfectly located for a cultural family Isle of Man holiday.  

The Steam Railway Station you can travel north to Douglas or south to Port Erin in Victorian splendour, and the house is a minute walk to a bus stop. 

There are no shortage of pubs, restaurants and coffee shops on the doorstep, along with pedestrianised Castletown Square with deckchairs, games, and even a piano.

Castletown’s extensive sandy beach is only a short walk away, and many beautiful walks can be enjoyed in the surrounding areas of Langness and Derbyhaven.  

For more details and to book, visit their website.

Hillingford B&B

Located in Ramsey town is Hillingford B&B. A beautiful place to rest after a busy day exploring the island. In their words

Beautiful relaxing 4 Star Gold Award Bed and Breakfast accommodation for Adults Only, situated in Ramsey in the north of the Isle of Man. Sett in stunning landscaped gardens with views of the hills, all wishing walking distance of local restaurants, pubs, shops and public transport. Visit here to book and find out more!

The End!

So as the blog draws to a close, why not explore the island a little more, for more details about events and where to stay visit the tourism site here

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4 Comments

  1. Debs Crawford

    Loved reading your blog and agree with all your reviews

    Reply
    • Jason Kinrade

      Thank you Debs

      We have such a great selection here….!!!

      J

      Reply
  2. Anita from Hillingford B&B

    Thanks so much for the mention! Lots of my favourites in your blog. we are lucky to have such great choices here ❤

    Reply
    • Jason Kinrade

      Absolutely, I agree. We are so lucky with the great places to stay, eat and relax….. x

      Reply

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