The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. Although the island is not part of the UK, and is self governed, the Queen still holds the title of Lord of Man.
The Manx cat is a breed best known as being entirely tail-less. There are many stories on how the Manx arrived on the Isle of Man and how the breed lost its tail. Manx is the official language of the Isle of Man Douglas or Doolish, is the capital and largest town. It is situated at the mouth of the river Douglas. It is home to the high courts and the island\'s Government. There are many forms of transport here and the horse drawn tram service is the oldest surviving one of its kind, dating back to 1876. There are a popular form of transport for locals and visitors.
The Isle of Man is famous for its TT races, one of the best road racing events in the world. Every year hundreds of competitors and fans come to the island to see this spectacular race. The first motorcycle trials started here in 1907.
Castletown is the old capital of the island and sits on the sits of an ancient volcano. The Medieval castle Rushden dominates the centre of town. The well preserved castle is visited by many tourists. The clock room houses a clock with one hand, presented by Queen Elizabeth 1st in 1597. It still keeps good time!
On the east coast of the the island is the village of Laxey. The Laxey wheel is the largest working waterwheel in the world. Laxey woollen mill founded in 1881 is known for producing the Manx tartan. The cloth is made from Loaghtan sheep wool. The Loaghtan is a breed of sheep native to the Isle of Man and often having 6 horns.
The Snaefell mountain railway joins Laxey with the summit of Snaefell. It climbs four miles to the summit.