Isle of Man – My Top 10 Facts
It pays to have some ‘top facts’ about your homeland, because travelling is a tool for knowledge and people really want to know about new places. I am from the Isle of Man, a beautiful island situated in the middle of the Irish Sea. And these are my top 10 facts:
- We have our own currency. Yes, it’s sterling and so 1:1 in the rest of the UK, but not accepted or recognised!
- Our nationality is Manx or sometimes referred to as British. We are not English, Scottish, Irish or Welsh. Most of us are very proud of our roots.
- Around 85,000 people live on the Isle of Man. No, we don’t all know each other.
- Our national flag is the 3 legs of man with the saying ‘whithersoever you throw it, it will stand’
- The island is 32 miles by 14 miles at the longest and widest points and no, you can’t get lost on it… well, not really!
- We have a few different bank holidays to the rest of the UK, like TT week! Great for cheaper family escapes.
- The only way off the island is by sea or air (can make for an interesting journey and landing!)
- We have the longest standing government in the world – Tynwald.
- We have the largest working waterwheel in the world. The Lady Isabella (Laxey Wheel).
- Manxies are some of the nicest and friendliest people in the world… FACT!