THE ISLE OF MAN – A CHAMPION CYCLING DESTINATION

The Isle of Man is a perfect destination for cyclists of all abilities and ages and bringing your bicycle across to the Isle of Man is simple when travelling with us. Simply ride onboard through the car entrance and then relax in one of our lounges whilst enjoying the crossing. Not only is it simple, it is also great value as bicycles are carried free of charge when accompanied by a foot passenger or why not load your bicycle in your car with everything else you need and take advantage of one of our great Car Offers. Unlike planes, there is no need to dismantle the bike to box it up, or to wonder whether it will arrive from the luggage hold in one piece, if at all.

Whether it’s the open road you seek, or the thrill of heading off the beaten track, the options are equally exciting once you reach the Isle of Man.

The Isle of Man has a long tradition of producing fine cyclists, such as current aces Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh, and you only need to look at the beautiful Manx countryside to see how that has happened.

On the road, the diverse terrain ranges from the flat north to the spectacular TT Mountain Circuit which not only tests motorcyclists each year but is the ideal training ground for cyclists, providing a thrilling mix of winding country lanes, steep climbs, and breathtaking descents.

Off the road, there are miles and miles of coastal paths, forest trails, old railway tracks and trails purpose-built for mountain biking – all showcasing the Manx countryside in all its splendour.

What’s more, there are suitable routes both on and off-road for children, making the Island an ideal choice for a family cycling holiday. You could take advantage of our Summer Kids Go Free offer and the family’s bicycles can travel with you for free as well.

They might not move quite as fast as the TT stars who have made the Isle of Man famous, but Cavendish and Kennaugh have done more than anyone in recent years to raise the Island’s global profile.

Cycling is on such a roll around the British Isles, with recent back-to-back Tour de France winners and medals galore at the London Olympic Games. Leading the charge are Cavendish, former World Road Race Champion and winner of 25 Tour de France stages (third in the all-time list), and Kennaugh, Olympic and current British Road Race champion, who both plied their trade as youngsters on the Island’s roads.

But you don’t have to be an Olympic champion or Tour de France green jersey winner to enjoy what the Isle of Man has to offer. Whatever your preference, one thing is for sure – the Isle of Man is a dream destination for anyone who loves cycling.

If you’re coming for a short break and would prefer to have your rides structured, there are six ‘cycle routes’ around the Island, graded for difficulty from easy to difficult, and taking in the north, south, east and west.

These are featured in the Isle of Man Cycling GuideThere’s also a guide specifically for mountain bike trails:
Isle of Man Mountain Biking Guide.

Both guides also include information on specialised cycling challenges which take place in the Island each year. These include:

•    End 2 End Challenge (mountain bikes) – a 75-kilometre route from north to south, a mix of moorland paths and forest tracks. 

•    Isle of Man Cycle Challenge – start and finish in the pit lane of the famous TT course, tackling one, two or three laps of the 37.7-mile circuit.

•    The Lighthouses Challenge – take in the entire coastline of the Isle of Man in just one day, a 100-mile course visiting as many lighthouses as the route allows.

The guides also include information about servicing and repair shops, accommodation and eating out.

You won’t want to spend all your time cycling, of course. The Island has plenty of other sights and attractions, not to mention fine dining and entertainment, to make it an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The Isle of Man has a rich heritage, with two magnificent castles to visit – Castle Rushen in the south and Peel Castle in the west – and on the east coast there is the famous Laxey Wheel, the Lady Isabella, the largest working waterwheel in the world. There are three historic railways to travel on – the Steam Railway, which runs from the capital Douglas to the south, the Manx Electric Railway, running along the coast from Douglas to Ramsey in the north, and the horse trams which ply their trade along Douglas Promenade.

If you fancy relaxing by the sea, there are some beautiful beaches, such as those at Port Erin in the south and at Peel.

Lovers of wildlife will be in their element; you can visit Ballaugh to try and spot a colony of wallabies, who escaped many years ago from the nearby Curraghs Wildlife Park, and head to the coast for some kayaking and the chance to see basking sharks, dolphins and seals up close.

If you are fascinated by motorcycling racing, you can time your visit to coincide with one of the exciting annual road-racing events – the legendary TT festival in June, the Southern 100 in July, and the Festival of Motorcycling in August/September.

If you are looking to pack up your car and bring your bicycles we have a variety of Car Offers available during the year. Or, you can pack up a rucksack and travel as a Foot Passenger, and bring your bicycle free of charge.

If you would prefer a ferry and accommodation package deal then Steam Packet Holidays has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets. 

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