There is a running (and sometimes heated) debate among the Irish, the Scots, and the Welsh, arguing over whose heritage is more Celtic. I’m all about a passionate discourse concerning history and philosophy, especially when it’s held over a few pints in a local pub. Everyone always walks (staggers) away unconvinced, but agreeing to disagree, with nothing solved. And the world just keeps turning, oblivious.
During our whirlwind tour of the UK and our short time on the Isle of Man, we were privileged to hear more than one Manxman’s contribution to the Celtic argument. And I must say that I was swayed, not only because of the conviction displayed by those we met, but because of the uniquely un-British culture we experienced.
The Isle of Man is a small and fiercely beautiful destination. Proud, independent locals boast of their Tynwald as the world’s oldest continually-sitting parliament. They mint their own currency, the Manx pound. And they host the TT Races, the world’s premier motorcycle road race.
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