‘Staycation’ Drives – The Isle of Man
Whether you believe in the old definition of ‘staycation’ (staying at home) or the seemingly modern variant (‘not travelling abroad’), it seems likely that holidaying in our cars nearer to home will be the most likely vacational relief from the strictures of pandemic lockdowns!
In this series of blogs we will highlight some areas not too far from home that you deserve for a vacation and your car deserves for a good shake-down drive.
This time we’re looking at the Isle of Man.
- from the Grandstand continue SW to Quarterbridge Road
- Turn right at the roundabout into Peel Road (A1)
- Straight on at the next roundabout by the Quarterbridge Pub.
- Continue on the A1, going left at the roundabout by the Joey Dunlop Foundation
- Straight on at the next roundabout on to Main Road Union Mills.
- You’re now hitting your stride on mainly fast country roads.
There are plenty of seaside towns to discover yourself such as Peel (above right) and Castletown both with their castles and plenty of eateries.
Not to be missed is the Isle of Man Transport Museum in the North of the Island based on the former RAF base at Jurby and of course the famous Laxey Wheel. There is no official parking at the wheel so you would be best advised to park lower down and enjoy stretching your legs to walk there.
Wherever you stay on the island, you’ll find fresh fish, “queenies” (queen scallops served in fish & chip shops), a great selection of restaurants and everything else that the eager driver will need.
And now a word about the famous speed limits – or lack of – on the island.
Whereas in the UK (the Isle of Man is not in the UK, nor the European Union), the national speed limit is 60mph and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways, on the Isle of Man, the equivalent road sign means that there is no speed limit. Yes indeed, you can go as fast as you like… or as fast as is safe for the conditions and the limits of your driving skill!
During TT weeks, parts of the TT course are one-way to reduce potential traffic problems. This is clearly signposted and local TV and radio news also cover traffic restrictions, etc. at such times.