Reveal travel: Five reasons to visit the Isle of Man

Published Monday, Aug 17 2015, 17:36 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, Reveal headed to the Isle of Man to recreate some scenes from the action packed family movie.

The hilarious sequel sees Kevin James return as security guy Paul Blart – fighting crime on a Segway in Vegas.

Banned on British roads, this super-fun mode of transport reaches speeds of up to 12mph. As it's legal to ride them on the pavements on the Isle of Man, we headed over there to give it a whirl and check out what else the island has to offer.

1. Ride Segways along the promenade
£30 for half an hour Segway Isle of Mann

Glide along the beautiful promenade on a guided Segway tour, which takes in the sights of the island's capital city, Douglas, including the windswept Broadway Beach.

Segways on Broadway Beach, Douglas, Isle of Man

Segways on Broadway Beach, Douglas, Isle of Man

These two-wheeled vehicles look tricky to master, but once we jumped on we soon got the hang of it.

The tour leader, Simon, was fun and informative and took us along the 2.5km Promenade, pointing out various attractions on the coast line, such as the tiny Tower of Refuge, nestled on St Mary's Isle just off shore.

Douglas Promanade

Douglas promenade, Isle of Man

There's a six mph speed limit along the promenade, but it didn't take long until we were begging to go faster. It's definitely the best way to take in the beach views and get some fresh sea air.

And we couldn't help feeling like Paul Blart in the movie, as he zipped around on his Segway, chasing the bad guys.

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

Paul Blart, Mall Cop 2

2. Enjoy a tree-top adventure
£15 for adults, £10 for children Ape Mann Adventure

Head inland for some family adventure for all the family. Set in one of the Island's largest plantations, South Barrule, Ape Mann Adventure Park is an obstacle course in the trees.

Ape Mann Adventure Park

Ape Mann Adventure

Strapped on and completely safe, we traversed across rope bridges, climbed over tyre obstacles and made our way around the fun tree-top activities.

On the rope bridge at Ape Mann Adventure

© Kelly Jenkins

On the rope bridge at Ape Mann Adventure

There's a lower course for kids and one of the highest monkey tree climbs in the UK.

Our favourite part was whizzing down the 300-foot long zip wire – another transportation favoured by Paul Blart in the sequel - brilliant fun and a real adrenaline buzz.

Zip line at Ape Mann Adventure

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The 300-ft zip line at Ape Mann Adventure

Some of the obstacles are suspended over stunning freshwater streams and the views over the pine forest from the top are breathtaking. Jane, who runs the adventure park, is lovely – and she'll even make you a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate when you're back on solid ground!

3. Get muddy with a Segway safari
£35 for an hour tour Segway Isle of Mann

Once we'd found our feet on the Segway tour on the Promenade, we headed inland for something a little more adventurous


Segway Isle of Man run tours around the tracks of some of the island's beautiful forests. We took an early morning tour around the gorgeous South Barrlue plantation – and it was definitely the highlight of the trip.

The weather was rainy and misty when we set off on our Segways – accompanied by the tour leaders, Simon and Jamie – a perfect double act who kept us laughing the whole time, yet still made sure we were all safe.

Simon, Segway, Isle of Mann

Segway Isle of Man manager Simon on his trusty personalised Segway

The wild weather added to the adventure and the hour long tour through the breath-taking pine forest was well worth getting wet for.

On these off road tracks, speed limits don't apply – we did our first lap around the trail at eight mph and the second at 10mph. The terrain is challenging for a beginner – rocky hills and steep declines are all part of the fun. Yet, despite falling off into the mud during a particularly quick hill decline, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

The boys provide tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cakes once you're back in the warmth of their hut. And, after the excitement of the Segways - which really feels like an adrenaline sport on this terrain - the treat was much appreciated!

4. Dine on the quayside
£21 for a three course lunch 14 North

Just along from the Promenade in Douglas, is the picturesque quayside, dotted with lovely independent bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants.

The quayside in Douglas, Isle of Mann

The quayside in Douglas, Isle of Man

We dined at 14 North, a pretty little restaurant that serves fresh, locally sourced food. The views over the quayside make dining in this little gem a treat. The food is delicious and portion sizes are huge.

The view from 14 North

The view from 14 North

We'd certainly recommend the deserts, especially the 'snickers' – a taste sensation made up of peanut butter parfait, chocolate ice cream, caramel sauce and honeycomb. They serve bottled beers and the wine list is great too.

5. Have a flutter
Prices from £54 a night Palace Hotel and Casino

During our island getaway, we stayed at the Best Western Palace Hotel and Casino. Sitting just off the promenade in Douglas, the majority of rooms have stunning sea views and look out across the wild beach.

Rooms are large, clean with huge comfortable beds and massive windows overlooking the sea.

Broadyway Beach in Douglas, Isle of Mann

© Kelly Jenkins

Broadyway Beach in Douglas, Isle of Mann

Seeing as Paul Blart patrols a casino on his trusty Segway in the film, we headed into the hotel's own casino for a spot of gambling.

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

Paul Blart, Mall Cop 2

Fully fitted out with black jack tables, roulette wheel, a huge array of fruit machines and a fully stocked bar, it's the perfect place to have a quick drink and a flutter before heading to bed.

Tip: Make sure you get a room with an odd number when booking – they're the ones with the sea views!

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 is out on Blu-ray & DVD on August 17

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