EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTIFUL ISLE OF MAN
ABOUT THE ISLE OF MAN (DOUGLAS)
Situated within easy reach of the UK and Ireland, the Isle of Man is one of the British Isles’ best-kept secrets. 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 taking your car, travelling by foot, motorbike or bicycle; you can set your own itinerary and go where you want, whenever you choose.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO ON THE ISLE OF MAN
- Walk the 95-mile coastal path; the Raad ny Foillan
- Explore one of the castles; Peel Castle and Castle Rushen
- Take a ride on one of the heritage railways
- Enjoy the endless cycle paths
- Enjoy the beautiful wildlife and experience peaceful bird watching
- Discover the Great Laxey Wheel
- Ride the TT Course
- Taste the delicious local produce including Manx Queenies
- Learn about Tynwald, the oldest continuous parliament in the world
- Kayak around the stunning Manx coastline
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.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, take an exciting journey to the summit of the Island’s only mountain, using the Snaefell Mountain Railway and enjoy the extraordinary 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.
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.
For many people, the Isle of Man comes to mind when there is mention of the famous TT Races, the Festival of Motorcycling which incorporates the Classic TT, or the Manx Grand Prix. The Isle of Man enjoys a global reputation for fantastic motorsport events. Visit the Isle of Man outside the busy times with your motorbike, ride the TT Course and follow the tyre tracks of your heroes.
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. 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. The Isle of Man has also been increasingly recognised for its clear waters and varied underwater wildlife including dolphins, whales, seals and basking sharks.
If 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.
Or bring your bicycle over and cycle along one of the many cycle paths. Whether you’re into road cycling or mountain biking, the Isle of Man has a number of varied terrains to suit all abilities.
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, guesthouses, 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.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company operates several routes to and from Douglas. Our other ports include Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, Heysham and Birkenhead.
The Isle of Man is the ideal destination to explore by car, on foot, bicycle or of course motorbike. Enjoy the convenience of bringing your car on board and pack everything you need for your adventure on the Isle of Man; be it your bicycles, walking gear or even the family pet!
Take advantage of our great offers, including Car offers, our popular Kids Go Free Summer special, Foot Passenger offers, and for motorcycle enthusiasts, Motorbike offers. You can also bring your bicycle on board free of charge.