Lying at the heart of the British Isles, the Isle of Man is rightfully proud of its motorcycling heritage. With the world famous TT races having begun here in 1907 and also being the birthplace of the World Championship in 1949, today known as MotoGP.
But there is so much more than the ‘Tourist Trophy’ for bikers to enjoy when they visit the historic home of motorcycling and with some fantastic Motorbike Offers available, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is the ideal way to travel with your bike to the Island.
For two weeks every year, the sights and sounds of real road racing fill the Island as thousands of fans arrive to watch their heroes race at speeds approaching 200mph just inches from the hedges and walls of the legendary 37¾-mile TT Mountain course.
Planning a trip outside one of the busy race festivals will give you time to explore at your own pace, and discover more of the delights the Island has to offer. It doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on the racing, as there are other action-packed events to choose from.
The Pre-TT Classic is a must for anyone who wants to see older machines in action, while the Post TT Races are another chance to watch a range of motorcycles, and sometimes a few TT stars, racing on the Billown Circuit on the outskirts of Castletown.
There’s another chance to enjoy racing action on the Mountain course later in the summer when the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling bursts into life. There really is something for everyone during the Festival, which has become a true celebration of the ‘best of biking’. Running August / September, it includes the Manx 2 Day Trial and Classic 2 Day Trial, the famous Manx Grand Prix, the Classic TT, the VMCC Rally, the Festival of Jurby and much more.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company International Southern 100 Road Races take place in July around the Billown circuit. Famous for being ‘the friendly races’, this meeting features a great mix of classes, including superbikes and sidecars.
Just like the TT, you can sit right on the edge of the circuit, and all within a short walk of the centre of Castletown. The harbour town, dominated by the impressive Castle Rushen, is well worth a visit at the end of the day’s racing, so you can sample the local beers, get a bite to eat or just soak up the historic charm.
Based at Jurby Airfield in the north of the Island Andreas Racing Association hold monthly short circuit bike race meetings for a variety of classes from March to October.
The Isle of Man has more than 120km of extensive countryside trails that are suitable for off-road vehicles, pedestrians, mountain bikes and horse riders.
The trails, known as green lanes, are clearly marked with a sign displaying a motorbike and a horse and are, in mainly, easily accessible from public roads so you’ll be able to easily get off the beaten track.
You may be looking for an indoor attraction during your visit, and there are plenty of museums perfect for bike fans and petrol heads.
The Isle of Man Motor Museum, which opened in Jurby in 2015, features a collection of over 250 unique vehicles from around the world, including classic cars and motorcycles; rarely seen private motorcycles and the steam collection.
Kirk Michael is home to the A.R.E. Motorcycle Collection, featuring more than 100 classic bikes.
You can also find two, three and four-wheeled machinery from the past at the Manx Transport Heritage Museum in Peel, Jurby Transport Museum and the Manx Museum in Douglas.
The Great Laxey Wheel
With our year-round sailings, you can bring your motorcycle over whenever you choose, and set off for an unforgettable journey.