Douglas lies on the coast and our hotel room overlooked the sea. The Isle of Man is one of the British Isles but is not part of the United Kingdom. It is a British Crown Dependency and self governs its internal affairs under the supervision of the British Home Office.
Out in Douglas Bay we could see The Tower of Refuge. It is a small structure erected in 1832 on a partially submerged reef, originally for the purpose of offering shelter to shipwreck victims until help could arrive.
The Isle of Man is one of the British Isles but is not part of the United Kingdom. It is a British Crown Dependency and self governs its internal affairs under the supervision of the British Home Office. Although their currency is Sterling, they have their own notes and coins which are not legal tender in the UK. They also have their own language and signage is in both Manx and English.
other large town on the island.
Ramsey wasn't as big as I thought it would be but it had a great fish and chip shop which we just had to try. Mmmmm. They were excellent. Didn't think of taking a photo just wanted to devour them!
The old Courthouse which has been used as a Post Office and a Police station, is currently under discussion about its future. It is an historical building and it is hoped it will be used by the community in some way as well as being financially viable. If you look at the top of the building you will see the national symbol of the island, the three legs of Man. The symbol seems to have been adopted in the 13th cent as the royal coat of arms for three kings of the Isle of Man. The emblem appeared on Manx coins in the 17th cent. You notice the emblem everywhere on the island.