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The Mighty Wheel of Man

By Linda Tancs

Sometimes called The Lady Isabella, the Isle of Man’s Laxey Wheel is a feat of Victorian engineering. It’s the world’s largest working waterwheel and pumped floodwater out of the Laxey mines for 70 years. Today it produces enviable views across the Laxey valley. The wheel is just a short walk away from the terminus of the mine railway, a restored railway running along the surface section of the tramway which once carried lead and zinc ores from deep inside the mine. Both sites are open seasonally but for different periods; coordinate your visit so you get the best of both worlds.

Hotspot for World’s Second Largest Fish

By Linda Tancs

Did you know that the basking shark is the second largest fish in the world?  Second only to the whale shark, this fish grows up to 30 feet in length.  Feeding largely on plankton, fish eggs and small fish, they’re generally harmless to humans.  Snaking their way through coastal temperate waters, these surface-cruising giants are a tourist draw on the Isle of Man during the summer.  Their numbers are particularly dense there, making the island one of the world’s hotspots for sightings.  Head to Port Erin, Niarbyl or Peel for perfect views along the sheltered south coast.

Life in the Fast Lane

By Linda Tancs

Located in the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man boasts the oldest continuous parliament in the world.  Although resplendent with beaches, glens, hills and dales, it’s not for the love of nature alone that visitors flock to this British Crown dependency.  At this time of year, it’s all about life in the fast lane.  Through 7 June The TT vrooms through the island.  One of the most prestigious motorcycle races in the world, you’ll have enviable views from the grandstand in Douglas, the capital city.

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