So, you’ve heard about the Isle of Man and the incredible TT Races, but how do you go about turning the dream of visiting into a reality?
The simplest – and most important – place to start is with the simple fact that, as the name suggests, the Isle of Man is an island. Affectionately known as ‘The Rock’ by some residents, the Isle of Man is situated in the middle of the Irish Sea, connected to England and Ireland by the local ferry company, the Isle of Man Steam Packet.
Operating since 1830, the Steam Packet runs regular sailings to Liverpool and Heysham (in Lancashire), plus less frequent connections to Dublin and Belfast.
During the two weeks of the Isle of Man TT Races, the Steam Packet goes into overdrive and increases the frequency of crossings, as well as the actual capacity of the vessels on the popular routes.
And they *are* popular. The first thing most prospective TT visitors discover when they start researching their visit is that the boats book up fast. Like, really fast. Ferry tickets go on sale about a year before each event resulting in a major rush for regular visitors and first-timers booking the most in demand crossings. Motorbike space, as you’d expect, are at a particular premium.
The demand is so great that the premium days often sell out within days of going on sale.