Destination Isle Of Man

Situated within easy reach of the UK and Ireland, the Isle of Man is one of the British Isles’ best kept secrets.
This unique self-governing kingdom commands an enviable position in the Irish Sea and reveals its magical coastline as you approach on one of our ferries.

Whether you choose a short break or longer holiday, the Manx experience can be as active or relaxing as you choose and because we offer you the freedom of travelling by foot, taking your car, motorbike or bicycle you can set your own itinerary and go where you want when you choose.

motorbike during TT RacesFor many people the Isle of Man comes to mind when the famous TT Races or Manx Grand Prix are mentioned. The Isle of Man enjoys a global reputation for fantastic ‘Motorsport’ events. The thrills and spills of motorcycle road racing, exhilarating car rallies, dignified vintage motorcycle cavalcades and much much more, have been enjoyed by visitors and residents for over 100 years. For others it is the sheer beauty of the Island that springs to mind.

The Island has a stunning and varied landscape which comprises lush valleys, undulating hills, sandy beaches and wooded glens.A trip to the Island’s official British Bird Observatory on the Calf of Man is a must.This 616 acre island is situated off the south-westerly tip of the Isle of Man and can be reached by chartered boats, which run from Port Erin and Port St Mary.As well as having the chance to see a wide variety of resident and migrant bird species, the Calf is a hotspot for the Island’s seal population, who are often found basking on the surrounding rocks.

Isle of Man Steam RailwayWhether you are a keen walker, bird watcher or you just simply enjoy the outdoors, a visit to the Island is a must for nature lovers.

Make the most of your holiday and discover the Island using the Victorian railway network. The Isle of Man Steam Railway is one of the longest narrow gauge steam lines in Britain, dating back to 1874. It still runs with its original locomotives and carriages between Douglas in the East and Port Erin in the South of the Island.

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, take an exciting journey to the summit of the Island’s only mountain, using the Manx Electric Railway.The 100 year-old trams will take you to the summit of Snaefell, 2036 feet above sea level, where you can enjoy breathtaking views. It is the only place in the British Isles where you can see the seven kingdoms, England, Ireland,Wales, Scotland, Mann, Heaven and the Kingdom of the Sea.

Whether you are a rail enthusiast or just a lover of spectacular scenery, the Isle of Man transport network offers you an unforgettable journey around some of the most beautiful and historic places on the Island.

The Isle of Man has a unique and varied heritage which is as evident today as it was thousands of years ago. Visitors are able to step back in time and retrace the Island’s history by taking the Manx National Heritage trail and visiting some of the Island’s most iconic sites. These include the magnificent medieval castle, Castle Rushen, the world’s largest working water wheel, the Great Laxey Wheel and the interactive Celtic and Viking museum, The House of Manannan.

basking sharkIf you’re looking for something more active and a sure fire adrenaline kick, the Isle of Man’s coastline plays host to a number of water based activities including kayaking, coasteering and diving.These activities are guaranteed to get your heart rate pumping, but also showcase the fascinating scenery of the Island.

The Isle of Man has been increasingly recognised for its clear waters and varied underwater wildlife including dolphins, whales, seals and basking sharks.

For those wanting to keep on solid ground, the Manx coastline can be explored on foot. The 'Raad ny Foillan' or 'Way of the Gull' is a 95 mile footpath which encompasses the whole Island. It can be easily walked in sections and is clearly marked with a blue and white sign depicting a seagull.

After all the fresh air and activity it’s time to think about something to eat and somewhere to rest. The Island has famous local produce including Manx cheese, smoked Manx kippers, Manx Loaghtan lamb, and succulent queen scallops or 'queenies' as they are more commonly known.

The Isle of Man has an extensive range of quality accommodation to suit your needs. Whether you choose to stay in one of the many hotels, guest houses, apartments, self catering cottages or campsites on the Island, you’ll be sure to receive the official Manx Welcome. Set your own itinerary or get a helping hand from our tour operator, Steam Packet Holidays.

For the many thousands of visitors who are welcomed to the Isle of Man year after year, the Island is an unforgettable holiday and short break destination.

MANX NATIONAL HERITAGE HOLIDAY PASS
Dating back long before the Ice Age, our magnificent Island has been shaped through time by pioneers, merchants and warriors, with a Manx National Heritage Holiday Pass, you can enjoy unlimited access to the historic sites and monuments they left behind.

Click here to purchase your pass.

 

 

 

 

ALL ROUND GUIDE TO THE ISLE OF MAN 2014/15

This is Lily Publications best selling title and covers all you want to know about visiting and exploring the Isle of Man. A-Z gazetteer of towns and villages, car tours, street plans and places to visit.

All Round Guide to the Isle of Man 2014/15This can be purchased from the Lily Publications website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SPECTATOR GUIDE TO THE ISLE OF MAN'S BIG 3 RACE EVENTS
The guide for spectators covers the TT, Festival of Motorcycling (incorporating the Manx Grand Prix) and the Southern 100. It not only covers all aspects of the races themselves but also the fun and festivities involved.

The Spectator Guide to the Isle of Man's Big 3 Race EventsThis can be purchased from the Lily Publications website.

 

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