Isle of Man — Overview
Situated in the Irish Sea between the coastlines of England and Northern Ireland lies the small, self-governing Isle of Man. This attractive little haven is home to around 90 thousand inhabitants covering a modest 600 square miles. It is blessed with charming landscapes and picturesque unspoiled beaches which have drawn travelers from the UK and beyond for decades. Most visitors find a land of contrasts and character. Whether you’re looking for an adventurous high-adrenaline excursion or a relaxing holiday getaway, you’ll find an excellent choice of activities, tours and entertainment to suit your needs on the Isle of Man.
Sightseeing on the Isle of Man can be a voyage of discovery that presents a great opportunity to explore ancient Celtic history and Viking burial grounds, as well as a number of heritage sites which reveal the island’s story. These legends give rise to fascinating stories of giants, fairies and other mystical creatures that are rumoured to dwell throughout the land, causing mischief and good fortune in equal measure.
The Isle of Man is one of the best places in the British Isles for cycling and mountain biking with numerous trails for riders of all abilities. It’s also renowned for its wide range of mountainous trails, long distance footpaths and a coastal path which weaves its way around the extensive coastline. Travel off the beaten path and take a ride along a secluded beach on horseback, or a trek deep into the beautiful and serene countryside.
If it’s peace and tranquillity you’re searching for, take time to fish the Island’s rivers or reservoirs or enjoy clay pigeon shooting down on the range. For golf lovers, the Island has nine top-notch courses so you’ll never be too far from the green. One of the Island’s most prestigious events is the world famous Manx Grand Prix Race which attracts thousands of visitors to each year. However, when the bikers have gone there are still a wide range of motor-sport for visitors to experience – both on and off public roads.
The Isle of Man boasts an abundance of quality accommodations, located across the length and breadth of the Island, with something to suit all tastes and budgets. Choose from luxurious hotels and serviced apartments, quaint bed and breakfasts, guesthouses or beautiful rural farm houses. If the simple life appeals to you, then the Island has some fantastic campsites and hostels for backpackers. Most of the Island’s hotels are located in Douglas with many directly on the promenades which offer spectacular sea views and easy access to the town center. You’ll find in-house restaurants where you can choose from local Manx produce, international cuisine and fine dining.
Because the Isle of Man is so small, getting around is easy. There is an extensive bus network which serves the airport, ferry terminals and all major towns. The train system is an excellent way to see some of the island’s main attractions and there are several taxi companies which offer 24 hr service. There is always the option to rent a car for those who want the independence to explore on their own schedule.
- Watch one of the famous motor sport events
- Ride down one of the many mountain bike trails
- Explore the island on the heritage railway systems
- Admire the wildlife
- Take to the open sea on a sailing excursion
- Catch a show at the Gaiety Theatre
- Take a ghost tour