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Isle of Man vacation

My wife is wanting to plan a trip to Ireland next year and I thought i would try to incorporate a trip to the isle of man for the TT's.

Has anyone done this?

How do I get from Dublin to the IOM?

Is it worth it?

Best places to see the race?

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My wife is wanting to plan a trip to Ireland next year and I thought i would try to incorporate a trip to the isle of man for the TT's.

Has anyone done this? I haven't.
How do I get from Dublin to the IOM? I don't know.
Is it worth it? Yes.
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Ive been to the Isle of Man twice....a few years ago though. Its a great place to go, I never saw much of the racing as from where we used to watch, they just flew past at hairy speeds! but the atmosphere was great including the night life.
There are ferry's from Dublin to Douglas...see link.
Dublin to Douglas Ferry Crossing - Ferries from Dublin to Douglas

Yes it is worth it and i keep meaning to go back!

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Here is my advice/ summer trip.

Fly into Manchester, England (I usually take U.S. Air Philly to Manchester non stop.
Go to bike rental place- pick up bike and head to the ferry (100 miles or so).
Get off the ferry in Ireland go into Dublin for a day or two then ride south down the coast of Ireland taking it easy along the coast.

Ferry back over into England then up the U.K. Coast to Liverpool. Ferry from Liverpool to isle of man for a day or two. I think Manchester and Liverpool are two really fun cities.
Back onto the ferry into the UK and back to Manchester, dump the bike off, night in Manchester, then fly straight home.

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Here is my advice/ summer trip.

Fly into Manchester, England (I usually take U.S. Air Philly to Manchester non stop.
Go to bike rental place- pick up bike and head to the ferry (100 miles or so).
Get off the ferry in Ireland go into Dublin for a day or two then ride south down the coast of Ireland taking it easy along the coast.

Ferry back over into England then up the U.K. Coast to Liverpool. Ferry from Liverpool to isle of man for a day or two. I think Manchester and Liverpool are two really fun cities.
Back onto the ferry into the UK and back to Manchester, dump the bike off, night in Manchester, then fly straight home.
Hmmn... Add a week to that itinerary and I'm in! :001_smile:

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I went to the Isle of Man in '78 and watched Mike Hailwood run. When he won his race he was anashamedly crying, as were many around him. I even tried to get his autograph, but he was so swamped with admirers I couldn't get within 1/4 mile of him (seriously). On my first day there I met a Cecilia, a chambermaid working in a bed and breakfast next to mine, and spent the next two weeks getting back to my bed after sunup (never did eat breakfast there), get maybe 20 minutes sleep, then Linda (one of the maids) would roust me out so she could make the bed. By the fourth day, she started going to bed with me for an hour or so. Don't ask me where all my energy was coming from, I have no idea. For the entire two weeks I ate maybe 2 meals -- lived on Guiness and the local bitters (ale), couldn't close out the Athol cabaret because they never closed, got a grand total of about 5 hours of sleep, and talked to a racer who showed me his helmet with 3 long scratches on it from "tapping" (his term) a stone wall on three consecutive laps at over 120 MPH. Fantastic racing, wonderful people, one of whom lent me his Norton and told me he'd need it back with a full tank by the end of the day. Didn't know me from Adam. Rode the entire course at almost sane speeds. Oh, I made the trip with my brother, and saw him maybe twice the whole time. He still hasn't entirely forgiven me.

There is no "best" location to view the races, it is after all over 37 miles long, but my favorite view points were Ballaugh Bridge, Crag-Ny-Baa with it's long downhill chute from Kate's Cottage, and the inside of Cronk Y Voddy with a relatively clear sight line to Barregarrow, where the open senior bikes were hitting over 180 MPH with their rear tires occasionally in contact with the tarmac -- it is, or was as I haven't been back since, a quite rough stretch of road.

I took the ferry from Manchester, not Dublin, but Cecilia was from Ireland and did take that ferry.

All told, it was one of the best times of my life.

Rob

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I went to the Isle of Man in '78 and watched Mike Hailwood run. When he won his race he was anashamedly crying, as were many around him. I even tried to get his autograph, but he was so swamped with admirers I couldn't get within 1/4 mile of him (seriously). On my first day there I met a Cecilia, a chambermaid working in a bed and breakfast next to mine, and spent the next two weeks getting back to my bed after sunup (never did eat breakfast there), get maybe 20 minutes sleep, then Linda (one of the maids) would roust me out so she could make the bed. By the fourth day, she started going to bed with me for an hour or so. Don't ask me where all my energy was coming from, I have no idea. For the entire two weeks I ate maybe 2 meals -- lived on Guiness and the local bitters (ale), couldn't close out the Athol cabaret because they never closed, got a grand total of about 5 hours of sleep, and talked to a racer who showed me his helmet with 3 long scratches on it from "tapping" (his term) a stone wall on three consecutive laps at over 120 MPH. Fantastic racing, wonderful people, one of whom lent me his Norton and told me he'd need it back with a full tank by the end of the day. Didn't know me from Adam. Rode the entire course at almost sane speeds. Oh, I made the trip with my brother, and saw him maybe twice the whole time. He still hasn't entirely forgiven me.

There is no "best" location to view the races, it is after all over 37 miles long, but my favorite view points were Ballaugh Bridge, Crag-Ny-Baa with it's long downhill chute from Kate's Cottage, and the inside of Cronk Y Voddy with a relatively clear sight line to Barregarrow, where the open senior bikes were hitting over 180 MPH with their rear tires occasionally in contact with the tarmac -- it is, or was as I haven't been back since, a quite rough stretch of road.

I took the ferry from Manchester, not Dublin, but Cecilia was from Ireland and did take that ferry.

All told, it was one of the best times of my life.

Rob
It must of been a good ferry Rob, as Manchester is about 30 miles inland from the coast.
If you fly into Manchester you can catch the ferry from Liverpool,Heysham or Birkenhead....The ferrys are run by the Steam packet company...the crossing is quite expensive for a 3 hour crossing. And if its for the TT you want to book early as it get full quickly.

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It must of been a good ferry Rob, as Manchester is about 30 miles inland from the coast.
My mistake -- I stayed with a friend in Manchester, but took the ferry from Liverpool. Must be reaching my dotage.[QUOTE]

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