I spent my Halloween on the Isle of Man and it was SO PERFECT! Seriously spooky, foggy and covered in orange autumn leaves – just the perfect backdrop for Halloween celebrations, or “hop-tu-na” as it’s called in Manx. The vibe of these photos is a bit of a change from my last post, set in sunny Greece, but that’s what happens when you have your summer holiday in autumn I guess. My friend Toby grew up in the Isle of Man, and we spent the weekend in his family’s haunted house. Most of his stories of the island are about the bizarre things that happen, like the parliament that meets on a hill and the wallaby’s that escaped from a zoo and now live in the wild, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Once I arrived I was surprised at how magical it is! It’s a small island with lots of charming seaside towns, rugged hills and beautiful glens heading down to the coast. We visited Douglas, the Laxey Wheel, Peel bay, and Dhoon Glen – it’s easy to do a lot in one day since the island is so tiny!
I travelled to the island by ferry (leaving from Heysham on the way out and arriving in Liverpool on the way back). Toby had told me horror stories about the ferry ride but it was very pleasant. Apparently it’s a rough journey when the sea is stormy, but both journeys were smooth sailing for us. I’d definitely recommend taking the ferry instead of flying. There’s a cafe and a bar (and one of the boats had a cinema room!) and James and I stood on the deck to watch our arrival into Douglas as the sun was setting. I think it’s nice to be able to enjoy a journey like that, rather than just using it as a means to an end, and of course the lower carbon emissions are important too. Overall it was a beautiful weekend with beautiful friends!