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Most famous for its TT motorcycle races, which have taken place each summer since 1907, it has also given the world the tail-less Manx cat and the unique four-horned Loaghtan sheep. The island's strange symbol The Three Legs of Man represents independence and means "Whichever way you throw me I stand". These armour-clad legs have a common link to both the Swastika and Sicily's distinctive emblem of three naked legs surrounding Medusa's head - all reminders of ancient sun worship. The isle even has its own tartan whose colours refer to its landscape and flora - pale blue (for the sky), yellow (for gorse), white (representing its cottages), green (for its hills) and purple (for heather).|
A place given to warm welcomes, in recent years the island has become something of a hotbed for both movies and TV dramas thanks to the Tynwald's investment policy and the plethora of interesting locations.
Typical of its unusual charms is a sea fog which occasionally descends upon lowland areas and is known as Mannan's Cloak, a picturesque reference to an old sea god. The isle also has two fine castles at Peel and Castletown. Peel Castle dates back to 1392. Built within its walls is the Cathedral of St German, the oldest Celtic cathedral in the British Isles. Thirteenth century Castle Rushen, at Castletown, is one of the most complete castles in the British Isles. Its tallest tower rises 80 feet - with walls that are 12 feet thick. Attractions for families and children are numerous and range from leisure-sports parks and nightspots to angling, surfing, sailing, golf, riding, bowls, wildlife parks, the Manx Museum, the House of Manannan and narrow Victorian electric and steam railways.