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Moving to the Isle of Man?! The good, bad and ugly?

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namechangedtemp Thu 18-May-17 23:15:13

DH offered a job in the Isle of Man. I know literally nothing about it?!

Anyone tell me the good, the bad and the ugly? (Esp with 1, 13 and 15 yr old?

Eatingcheeseontoast Thu 18-May-17 23:26:50

Its very safe. Schools generally OK to good. You can leave front door unlocked. Beautiful, very good for walking, cycling and sports of all kinds. Aldo very musical and lots of am dram type stuff. Great beaches.

Less stuff for kids who just want yo knock around.

Food shopping good, clothes shopping crap. There's drugs and alcoholism but probably no more than any country type place.

Low tax but high costs getting on and off unless you book way in advance.

I live elsewhere offshore now, but I liked it there.

Nettletheelf Thu 18-May-17 23:30:10

No decent shops.

Feels like it's in a time warp, circa 1988.

You have to travel to the north west of England for some medical treatments.

But it's very pretty!

Eatingcheeseontoast Thu 18-May-17 23:35:57

I went back to visit recently and it's at least come up to about 2010-ish now....

BarbaraofSeville Fri 19-May-17 05:55:22

I don't live there but have been a few times a year for the past 20 years for work, so know the place quite well.

Property - seems expensive to me, but that's in comparison to northern England, it's probably cheaper than London/SE and of course depends on your income/any relocation package.

Day to day living seems quite expensive, but again depends on your income - it's not stupidly expensive, so will be affordable as long as you have a reasonable income - petrol is 10/20% more than the mainland, but if you live fairly close to work and amenities, you probably won't use very much. I used to do some work in the far north of the island, which is about 20 miles from Douglas and talking to people who live on the island they'd say things like 'oh that's such a long way, I haven't been all the way up there for years' grin.

There don't appear to be any Aldi, Lidl, Asda or Morrisons, but there is at least one big Tesco, a few Shoprites, which sells a curious mix of Waitrose and Iceland products and there's a biggish M&S including Food Hall in Douglas. There are some chain clothes shops in Douglas, probably similar to a medium sized UK town. I think they were opening a Primark last time I was there.

But if you book your flights a few weeks in advance, you could go for a day trip to Manchester or Liverpool for less than £50/60 so I suspect a lot of people do that if they want a big city shopping experience. Royal Mail post to the island at the same cost as the UK, albeit a bit slower, but some couriers charge more so can be an issue for internet shopping/ebay.

Most of the direct flights are to UK airports or Ireland, so if you want to go further afield, you will need to go via Manchester/London airports etc but I did see a few travel agents advertising direct package holiday flights to places like Mallorca and Greece, so there will be probably some availability for that sort of thing.

Seems to be a reasonable variety of restaurants to eat out in and quality often very good. The local speciality is Manx Queenies which are small scallops which are delicious - I'd often get a pub lunch of queenies with chips, salad and bread - heaven. Also very good local lamb.

The coastal areas are very much 'naice seaside town' with lovely beaches and other attractions like museums and minature railways and the centre of the island is a bit like a small version of the Yorkshire Dales with lovely glens, waterfalls and country/hill walks.

Seems like quite a good, chilled lifestyle especially if you like beaches/walking/cycling, which I do, as others have said, very low crime rate but the flipside of that is that it can be an 'everyone knows your business' type of place and you'd not have to do much to be the talk of the island - one of my work aquaintainces had a not particularly serious car accident and she was the main feature of the island news bulletins for a couple of days prompting much ribbing from her colleagues.

It gets over-run with motorbikes a couple of times a year for the TT in May/June and Manx GP in late August. Might be scope to rent your house out for ££££s and go on holiday with the proceeds.

Controversially, abortion is illegal but there is political pressure to change this, and currently women have to travel to the UK for private terminations. Same for cancer treatments and probably other very specialist medical treatments.

troodiedoo Fri 19-May-17 06:01:33

There is no kfc at the moment, that may be of importance to your kids. grin there is a fake nandos.

troodiedoo Fri 19-May-17 06:03:21

The people are very superstitious about fairies.

somewhereovertherain Fri 19-May-17 06:05:54

I'd move back tomorrow. Lived there for 5 years.

Living slightly more expensive than uk but off set by much better tax.

Lots of great stuff going on in the community, theatre etc.

Only downside is getting off the rock. But that's improved greatly in recent times.

Safe, good schools, better funded health care etc.

Can't fault it really. TT and MGP can be a pain but easily got round.

Looking forward to our summer trip this year.

Go for it.

somewhereovertherain Fri 19-May-17 06:09:59

Plenty of great stuff for the kids - scouts, guides, arty stuff, sports stuff and all our your door step even if it's the other end of the island.

When we left they where just supplying all school kids with MacBooks. Schools where generally better funded, my OH was a teacher and was so much nicer than teaching back in the Uk.

BarbaraofSeville Fri 19-May-17 06:18:02

Oh yes, the fairies. One of my first contacts on the island was a semi retired police officer who used to show me around and tell me all the history/folklaw etc so I knew about the fairies - there's a Fairy Bridge where it is considered bad luck if you go over it without saying hello to the fairies.

He retired and was replaced by a much younger colleague who picked me up from the airport and we went over the fairy bridge and he didn't say anything but stealthily waved his finger as he was driving, suggesting that he felt he couldn't not acknowledge the fairies, but he was too embarrased to tell me about it grin.

Random fact that always throws me, used to rip off prices in UK airports, service stations. The Costa Coffee at the airport is cheaper than standard Costas in the UK. I'm always surprised to get change from a fiver for coffee and cake. I assume that it is a tax thing.

barrygetamoveonplease Fri 19-May-17 06:18:49

I lived there for a few years but it's so long ago...
The main thing is that you are not in the 'real world'. It's like Trumpton. But very pleasant. As a pp says, it's 'chilled'.
Never mention rats ("longtails"), there are far more of them than there are people.
I never minded the TT, even with the road closures.
Controversially, abortion is illegal but there is political pressure to change this, and currently women have to travel to the UK for private terminations Gosh. Still?

namechangedtemp Fri 19-May-17 07:15:45


myoriginal3 Fri 19-May-17 07:25:00

The cats have no tails. sad

LeninaCrowne Fri 19-May-17 08:23:07

The cats have no tails or stumps due to a genetic mutation, not because they're docked.

barrygetamoveonplease Fri 19-May-17 08:41:20

Mind blowing. There's a Costa at Ronaldsway? I was on Google Earth one time and saw a McDonalds on Peel Road, I think. Can't believe the way the place has changed. I haven't been for a while - I must go back. smile
And I would say "Hello" to the fairies - "Hello, Little People" would be the thing. Oh, I'm going to plan my visit...

Deathraystare Fri 19-May-17 08:47:38

Doesn't/didn't Jeremy Clarkson live there? A reason not to go!

It's like Trumpton. But very pleasant.

Trumpton IS pleasant! Grrr!

troodiedoo Fri 19-May-17 09:09:35

Clarkson doesn't like ramblers walking near his house I've heard grin

Eatingcheeseontoast Fri 19-May-17 09:51:30

Clarkson left. His wife is Manx and still lives there

The job market is very good and diverse.

The politicians aren't as numpty as they used to be.

No speed limit, no mot and 40000 extra motorbikes for two weeks a year.

myoriginal3 Fri 19-May-17 10:22:33

Clarkson lives in London. The Isle is safe.

BarbaraofSeville Fri 19-May-17 16:14:07

Yes Barry there is a McDonalds on the outskirts of Douglas and the Costa has been at the airport for a few years. There is also a hollister or similar wanky clothes shop for teens in the town centre which surprised me.

NameChangedTemp Fri 19-May-17 16:30:39

Where's good to walk with a buggy? Best area to live in?

barrygetamoveonplease Fri 19-May-17 17:53:52

Along the prom at Douglas, to Onchan, with the buggy. Take the baby, too. Around Nobles park, that's another.
For me, I liked living in Douglas, up the hill by the Villa Marina. Is that still there?

MilnersGold Fri 19-May-17 19:50:58

It is a great place to live & raise a family. But I disagree with a pp, the local politicians are still hopeless!

Barry - The Villa Marina is still there & still has the same random selection of stuff to see :-)

LittleMissCantbebothered Fri 19-May-17 20:45:11

Not true that crime is zero. Only a few weeks ago my relatives there were burgled. Not a 'walk in through an open door' job, more a 'smash the back door in' and get in that way.

onlyslightlyinterested Fri 19-May-17 20:47:10

My favourite place on Earth!!! Though very expensive....

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