Greatrides mo­tor­cy­cle­ LAXEY WHEEL – Built in 1854 ‘Lady Is­abella’ is the largest work­ing water­wheel in the world. KIP­PER MU­SEUM – See how a her­ring is salted be­fore be­ing smoked over oak and wood chips. The IOM TT course Dis­tance 37.73 miles Time

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How many race­tracks can you just turn up at unan­nounced and ride around to your heart’s con­tent? Not many, but that’s what you can do with the Isle of Man TT course.

Al­though on a few oc­ca­sions each year the course is closed while the TT and Manx GP races take place, for the ma­jor­ity of the time the cir­cuit is just like any other road – ex­cept some Manx roads don’t have a speed limit.

In truth it isn’t about go­ing fast, it’s about rid­ing the same piece of tar­mac as the leg­endary rac­ers, see­ing what they see (al­though at a con­sid­er­ably lower speed) and rid­ing around fa­mous cor­ners such as the Goose­neck and Ram­sey Hair­pin. It’s about be­ing part of the TT’S his­tory, and a trip to the Isle of Man is as much about soak­ing up the at­mos­phere as any­thing.

With­out the race week crowds the ho­tels aren’t fully booked (so they’re cheaper), the cross­ings are lower in price and the roads aren’t as busy.

As well as the Manx there loads of other mo­tor­ing events through­out the year, such as the South­ern 100, pre- and post-tt races. See www. visi­tisle­of­ for info.

With none of the TT crowds, you are free to en­joy the ride

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