Originally Posted by kbmwrs
So the wife and I just decided that we want to go to the TT Races on the Isle of Man next year.
I have the dates of the practice and race.
What I would like is advice if anyone has been there.
We are planning on visiting Ireland with the first stop being the race (yes I know where the island is). Consider that we get to the Isle.....
Where to stay?
Best place to watch the race from?
How to get around?
Weather? Wet and cold I'm sure.
I went to the TT 3 years ago. What a hoot.
1-Stay in Douglas--***get your lodging FIRST and book really early. then flights etc.
2-Your can get grandstand tickets that give your a seat at the start/finish line (in Dougles). But, for free, just walk around to various turns on the course. I sat on several rock walls along with locals. Walked there, here--but the best free seats are taken really early the morning of the particular race. On non-race days just stroll around various paddocks-riders and teams are friendlysome even posed with me for pictures. When they hear how far you have traveled they are impressed.
3-buses go everywhere and the side benny is a good view of the island.
4-Weather is changable. I was there for 2 weeks-no rain and warm! about 70-80f. But, be prepared for cool and rain..Aver temp for TT week is 50-65f.
5-Eating. Lots of pubs and cheep eats BUT-be prepared for ques (lines). Eat early as Europeans eat later than us and easier to find a table. If you want to eat in a nice restaurant reservations are a must.
++ $$-they use a IOM pounds which is different from the GBP. The biggest business of the Island is banking and they are like the Caymens-Tax free paridise for the wealthy. Just exchange $ when you get there.
The 2 weeks of TT is a 24hour party, people on the street all night and drinking everything is sight--not obnoxious-just friendly. Every make of MC you read about and never saw parked on the streets--all over the place--including some very rare bikes- dont forget camera.