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Isle of Man A-Z
The Isle of Man, or just Mann if you prefer, is located in the Irish Sea between Ireland and Great Britain.
It was one of the original six Celtic nations and has always had an independent way of life about it. It was under a feudal lordship for nearly 400 years and has never become part of the United Kingdom, even though the island revested into the Crown in 1765. This sense of independence is what makes a visit to this island attractive and there are a number of unique, interesting things that can be done while visiting here.
Manx Mythology Still Dominates Life on the Island
Manx is the language that developed here on the Isle of Man and it can best be described as a dialect of Gaelic. Many of the mythical creatures that are talked about today have a tradition in folklore that started here, including fairies. It is the central points of these legends that make a visit to this island an interesting experience.
The journey begins with a stop at Peel Castle, where a ghostly black dog is said to wander the hallways and rooms. This castle was built in the 11th century by Viking settlers who had worked to claim the island and was on the location of a Celtic monastery. The church continued to use the castle when the Vikings left it continues to be used today. Additional fortifications where added to Peel Castle as late as 1860. Some even believe that this castle is Avalon.
You’ll also want to take a drive down the A5 road between Douglas and Castletown so that you can see the Fairy Bridge. The superstition is that bad luck will come upon those who cross the Fairy Bridge without wishing the fairies a good morning. To make sure you have all your bases covered, you might also wish to visit the “Real” Fairy Bridge that is in Braddan as well.
Have You Had Your Fill of Potatoes and Herring?
Spuds and Herrin is the national dish of the island and for good reason: it was the subsistence of many early settlers who farmed the land and fished the sea. Although fish and potatoes isn’t a bad dish to eat, having it on a daily basis during a trip here can become a bit tiresome. That’s why having another dish that has become a national staple here of cheese, gravy, and chips is a good treat to have. Sometimes called poutine, these thick chips are a great snack and can substitute as a meal with additional toppings.
Make your way to Tanroagan if you’re ready to enjoy a twist on these traditional fares. You’ll want to book a reservation ahead of time because the restaurant serves fresh fish that literally comes straight off the boat! Have them grill your preferred seafood on the hot grill and you’ll have an excellent meal.
Are you ready to visit the Isle of Man? With many amazing sights, interesting folklore, and the chance to see history in a unique way, this island has a lot of adventure just waiting for you.