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Old 01-11-2014, 10:10 AM   #1
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Isle of Man TT off the bucket list, help needed...

My brother, his son and me have decided to check Isle Of Man TT off our bucket list. ;-T
(and I want to see my favorite rider Guy Martin in action!)
Knowing that it is insanely difficult to find a hotel/motel, GOOD SPOT to see races, we need a bit guidance from anyone who has been there already.
Looks like 2015 or 2016 may be more realistic, since most places are booked fully for 2014....
Share some ideas as where to stay, pubs to have few beers, good spots for spectators, fly to UK or Ireland, ferries over to Isle of Man and whatever else is important....
Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:24 PM   #2
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Do you want to visit by Motorcycle? I.e rent one and get the ferry over from Liverpool? If so I can help you with a rental company. You are right that I think 2014 is too late, but might be possible as a foot passenger on the ferry but finding somewhere to stay will be a problem. 2015 will need to be booked soon.
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:18 AM   #3
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My brother, his son and me have decided to check Isle Of Man TT off our bucket list. ;-T
(and I want to see my favorite rider Guy Martin in action!)
Knowing that it is insanely difficult to find a hotel/motel, GOOD SPOT to see races, we need a bit guidance from anyone who has been there already.
Looks like 2015 or 2016 may be more realistic, since most places are booked fully for 2014....
Share some ideas as where to stay, pubs to have few beers, good spots for spectators, fly to UK or Ireland, ferries over to Isle of Man and whatever else is important....
Thanks in advance!
Lauri

Hi Lauri.
You will be able to book the ferry for TT2015 (From Ireland or Liverpool or Heysham) in a few weeks time here (they are the ONLY ferry company) http://www.steam-packet.com/

Once you have ferry booked, the rest will fall into place...I recommend "The Empress Hotel" as a one off visit, MissB and I stayed there for our First TT and again on our 10th one.
http://www.theempresshotel.net/


As for a GOOD SPOT, honestly everywhere is good it depends what you want...Racers passing you at about a foot away at 180+ or slower action to be able to get some decent photos?
The atmosphere of the place is like nothing else, everyone is there for the same thing...the place is addictive.

I head across for my 14th TT visit in less than a handful of weeks, I can't wait.



Any other questions please feel free to ask.


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Old 05-06-2014, 07:53 PM   #4
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Whohoo, a 2015 TT thread!

I just made my hotel reservations for the 2015 race week. With the poor US dollar to British pound exchange rate, race week premiums, and the Value Added Tax it really hurt the pocket book. At least I have a year to save my beer money.

My group of 6 is staying at the Ellan Vannin Hotel, right on the harbor shore near the Bushy's Beer tent. That should be a great location near the center of the action, yet not too far to walk to the race course.

We will fly into Dublin, and spend a day there on both ends of race week so we can do a little pub crawling.

There is a place in Dublin that rents both Royal Enfield motorcycles and classic cars (including a vintage Jaguar).
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:27 PM   #5
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We rented from Celtic Riders in DUBLIN... 800 twin bmws..Owner Paul Rawlins was extremely helpful (pickup and delivery) to and from the airport to his shop.. Took the Steam Packet ferry from Dublin to Douglas IOM....We were lucky enough to rent a cottage on the race circuit at Kirkmicheal opposite the wonderful bike museum....There is always camping available ,but the weather may make the experience pretty miserable.... You can pretty much park yourself anywhere around the course but there are many favorite spots to go to..get on the computer an do your homework...Marylin Nivison 32 Snaefell crescent.. Onchan.. IOM zip IM34NH may be able to help.. A very lovely lady who really showed us what hospitality is all about..
E Mail mandcnivison@manx.net there could be a slim chance of a cancellation with her rentals.... good luck
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:22 PM   #6
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Lots of spots

There are lots of spots to view the racing right around the 37 mile course. I try and find a different spot each time. I like Ginger Hall, Gooseneck is good to see Michael Dunlop on the very edge under brakes, Kirk Michael and Hillberry are good and fast, Bray Hill is breath taking, the list of spots is almost endless, no wonder people keep returning year after year. If you are a boy scout ie. into camping, there are heaps of camp grounds, Sulby Cladaugh is even free, if you don't mind a refreshing wash in the nearby stream.
See you there.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:30 AM   #7
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Does anyone know where the bridge is located where the bike get airborne? I believe it is called Ballaugh Bridge?

Here is a short guide with good info, I just wish there was a map included.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/...ers-guide.html

edit: I found a map! It looks like the bridge is on the far side of the Isle, so would need to take bus or taxi over.
http://www.iomguide.com/images/TTmap-big.gif

Here is another IOM guide:
http://www.iomguide.com/
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:45 AM   #8
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Does anyone know where the bridge is located where the bike get airborne? I believe it is called Ballaugh Bridge?

Here is a short guide with good info, I just wish there was a map included.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/...ers-guide.html

edit: I found a map! It looks like the bridge is on the far side of the Isle, so would need to take bus or taxi over.
http://www.iomguide.com/images/TTmap-big.gif

Here is another IOM guide:
http://www.iomguide.com/

Here
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/...afb34ee4586e21
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:28 AM   #9
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It looks like we can catch a bus to get there:

http://www.gov.im/lib/docs/publictra...busmap2014.pdf
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:54 AM   #10
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Unless you really want to say you've ridden the course (I have and been passed on both sides simultaneously by crazy Mad Sunday riders - not a fun experience), go on foot. Not only that, you must learn to ride on the left (Keep Left, Look Right) or go home in a box (they do it every year). For a bike reservation on the ferry you must book at least one year in advance and it ain't cheap. Going through Dublin will save you at least $300 from going through Heathrow, but you'll have to stay overnight in Dublin (that's not a bad thing) because you can't catch an IoM flight from Dublin the same day you fly in. There is also the problem of getting to the IoM from England. There are no direct flights from Heathrow so you must transfer to another airport, usually Gatwick and it's at least one hour in good traffic so leave plenty of time for your connection. Don't forget - roads close one hour before a race/practice so you must be at your chosen location (inside or outside the course) before then. If you're on foot, get a transportation pass. It allows you to ride all public transportation (train, bus, trolley) which can get to you to any part of the island. Homestay is the best accommodation. Restaurants serve meals 7-9 am, 12-2 pm, and 6-9 pm. You won't get a decent meal outside those hours. It's just the Manx way. Places to view? Of course, Ballaugh, but don't miss Kirk Michael, the narrowest, highest speed part of the course, Ballycraine, Glen Helen, Parliament Square, Ramsey Gooseneck, Gov's Bridge, Douglas Grandstands, Sulby Straight, The Creg, and Snafell (top of the mountain). My favorite pub is Rover's. You may want to pick up a good mile by mile guide or visit my website. Just Go!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:44 PM   #11
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By the way, here is the 2014 IOM thread:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=975268

They have made some changes to the events surrounding the TT, so it might be useful to us 2015 attendees to see how it goes this year. This post in particular had some great info about viewing areas:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_2ip5DJJ4E
This video is taken between 11 and 12 on the map above, it is good because you can get in and out from the coast road when the circuit is closed. You can pay a couple of pounds to park in a farm yard, and use his fields which are on the circuit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnCwHkYmkz4
This is taken in Kirk Michael (13), but you will be stuck there until the roads open, which can be all day! You pay a couple of pounds to park and rent a chair, with the funds going to charity. They have a tent selling tea, coffee + food.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZmREsGi5o4
Ballaugh Bridge (15) is also a favourite of mine. Access from inside the circuit, when the roads are closed, (very scenic!)and a pub for food, drink and loos. You can watch from before and after the bridge if you don't mind hopping the stream. Wideload marshalls this part, so he'll have more info. I have never done it, but I think you can go under the road using the river, but you'll get wet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxSw-jNB5cY
You can get to Hailwood Rise (29) from Ballaugh Bridge using the roads in the centre of the Island. I often do this if there are two races on the same day, watching one from each spot. On a nice day, in my opinion this spot is the TT.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgaSIbLjJxA
Gooseneck (22) I haven't been here for a couple of years, but is good because you can get in from the outside of the circuit when the roads are closed. It will be busy, but you can wander up the circuit until you are on your own if you wish to do so.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn5YFql5yi4
Creg ny baa (35) is also good for the pub/food/parking, but will be busy, you just walk up or down the circuit until the crowds stop. Again you can get access from outside the circuit after the roads close.

I can go on if you wish
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:39 PM   #12
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Well, I've secured my ferry tickets for 2015.

It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. The website was acting up, so I had to book each ferry direction as a single "outbound" trip rather than a round trip booked together. It took a little longer, and I had to pay a down payment twice, but no big deal.

Not much is offered from Ireland, either. In fact, nothing was offered from Dublin on the days I needed. I'll have to make my way up to Belfast and and back down from Larne for outbound and return ferry sailings. The return ferry to Larne sails at 3 am! Good thing I'm a geologist who doesn't mind rising hours before the sun. I feel sorry for the rest of the poor bastards travelling with me, though.

I'm looking at it as a positive, though. Now I will have a night in Dublin before I go, and a night in Belfast on the way back. The more I get to see the better!
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:14 PM   #13
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Hit a snag with the motorcycle rental - 2015 TT

I heard back from the motorcycle rental place on the Isle of Man. No problem getting reservations, but there is a 3-day minimum rental. Total cost for 3 days will be $760 USD. Now I'm getting cold feet due to the price, especially considering how little use the bike will get in the middle of race week.

So I'm looking for other options.

I had thought about renting in Dublin, and bringing the bike over on the ferry, but that means renting the bike for the whole week. Also an expensive proposition. Lots of people do it, though.

If any of you are in the same situation, and would be interested in splitting the cost of your rented motorcycle, I would be willing to pay a fair sum to take a spin around the course one morning. My friend (who is my riding guru) would like to do the same. He has been riding street over 25 years, I have 16 years as a licensed street rider, all accident free and spirited riding. We aren't looking to challenge any records, but figure we could stay out of the way of the big boys on the mountain course.

PM me if you would like to recoup some of your rental costs.
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