Positioned midway between Ireland and England in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is a gorgeous place of history and beauty. This remarkable self-governing island destination is just 20 miles long and has something to offer everyone, from shipwreck diving to exploring Viking castles and playing golf to bird-watching.
The Isle of Man is crammed with tourist attractions; the impressive castle in Castletown gives visitors the option travelling back to medieval times, the more than 70m high Laxey Wheel is a water wheel that offers a spectacular outlook over the island and antique tramcars that offer transport to the summit of the Isle of Man’s highest mountain. Tourists might want to watch the annual TT motorcycle races taking place on the island’s public roads.
The Isle of Man’s small capital is Douglas. The city of Douglas is this island destination’s main activity hub. The capital is small enough to explore on foot, although numerous visitors prefer to make use of the nostalgic horse-drawn trams. Strolling along Strand Street will take visitors past the trendy shopping places to the sea front, where they’ll find piers, hotels and entertainment establishments, such as the modern Summerland Leisure complex or the historical Edwardian Gaiety Theatre.
The best of the island’s accommodation is found in Douglas, where the seafront is lined with inexpensive bed and breakfasts as well as a few more upmarket options. The quality of mid-range accommodation is good, but facilities are typically quite basic.
The Isle of Man’s sole air hub, Ronaldsway Airport (IOM), is positioned east of Castletown on the island’s southern part. Six carriers serve the Isle of Man: Keenair, Euromanx, Eastern Airways, Flybe, British Airways and Aer Arann. British Airways operate flight services to the island from London Luton, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool.
Ferry services to the Isle of Man provide a popular way of getting to the island and depart from ports in Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool and Heysham. Crossings are operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. During the summer months there are crossings by Fastcraft vessels available as well.