On the Isle of Man there is plenty for you to enjoy, such as the landscapes of rugged coasts, sandy beaches and pretty valleys, along with medieval castles to explore and interesting museums. For air travel, the island is serviced by Isle of Man (Ronaldsway) Airport.
Isle of Man Car Hire
By using the booking form below, you can get a free car hire quote or book your car directly with any of the leading car hire suppliers in the Isle of Man, which include, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Isle of Man Arts and Architecture
Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man, is a lively city on the coast with an attractive long bay. Douglas has a lovely sandy beach where you can relax on the sand or go swimming in the sea, and the promenade makes a great walk on the seafront. Along the promenade you could take a ride in a horse drawn tram between spring and autumn, which makes a charming way to relax and enjoy the scenery, and is popular with both locals and visitors. Also along the promenade is very attractive crescent of 19th century houses which look very elegant. In the bay at Douglas is St. Mary’s Isle, called Conister Rock, which is a reef partly under the sea. On this small isle you can see a structure that has the appearance of a castle, known as The Tower of Refuge, which was built as a safe place for seamen who have been shipwrecked.
Manx Museum has many interesting artefacts displaying the history of the Isle of Man, and include Viking artefacts. Also part of the Museum is the National Art Gallery which houses works from well known artists such as William Hogatt and Archibald Knox. The Isle of Man is very well known for its popular annual TT motorcycle race around the island between May and June, which begins and ends in Douglas and is very exciting. You can include in your trip a visit to the Gaiety Theatre which was built in 1900, and is a grand Victorian building that still holds regular performances including drama and music.
In Peel, you can visit the House of Manannan where you can see full size reconstructions of Celtic houses, a Viking longship and longhouse and learn about everyday life in the Isle’s past. In Castletown is the Castle Rushen, a Norse castle built in the 13th century and expanded over the following centuries. You can explore this impressive medieval castle and learn about its history and go up to the roof from which you will have great views across the town.
In the pretty village of Laxey you could go and see a 19th waterwheel which is the biggest waterwheel in the world that is still is use, and from the wheel you can have a wonderful view of the lovely Glen Mooar Valley. In Laxey you can also visit the Great Laxey Mine Railway and have a trip on a carriage past the former mines there.
The Isle of Man Landscape
In St. Johns is the Tynwald National Park and Arboretum which is a lovely area of natural landscape. The park is rich in a variety of beautiful trees, including attractive ornamental ones, and shrubs. There is a shelter from where you can have wonderful views across the landscape. In the park is an attractive pond where you can enjoy watching the ducks on the water and relax in the pretty scenery.
Dhoon Glen is a very attractive area with a very steep glen and valley full of trees. There is a long stream that goes all the way to the sea and the many trees include elm, ash, alder and sycamore and the area makes a very enjoyable and scenic walk. There is an impressive tall, cascading waterfall in the valley which is a lovely feature in the area.
You could also visit the Isle of Man Steam Railway in the south of the Isle, and take a ride on the Victorian steam train, past the attractive landscape, which is a delightful way to take in the scenery. Another enjoyable trip would be on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, during April to September, on which you can have a ride to the top of Mount Snaefell which is the Isle’s highest peak. At the top it is possible, with clear weather, to have amazing views across the Isle of Man, along with parts of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. On the way you can take in the great scenery all along the route in the natural countrywide.
The Calf of Man, an island off the Isle of Man’s coast which you can get to by boat, is a great rugged area where you can watch the bird life which includes such bird species as Manx Shearwater, Peregrine and Kittiwake. Living on Kitterland islet, in the Sound strait of water between the coast and the Calf, are many seals which are fascinating to watch, and you can also sometimes see basking sharks and dolphins around there. The area is a great spot for all the wildlife to be seen, along with the natural beauty of the area with its rugged landscape.
Isle of Man Cuisine
Traditional dishes enjoyed on the Isle of Man include Spuds and Herrin, which are herring and potatoes which are boiled, and chips, cheese and gravy where the chips are sprinkled with pieces of cheese and covered in gravy. Fish and seafood is very common on the Isle of Man and includes Manx kippers which is herring that is smoked, and also salmon, cod, mackerel, scallops, crab and lobster. Manx Queenies are popular queen scallops. Lamb is popular, with the Manx Loaghton Sheep being reared on the Isle. Popular desserts on the Isle of Man include Manx bonnag which is a sweet bread which can have dried fruit, and Manx ice-cream is enjoyed and is very creamy. Beer and Manx Spirit, a type of whisky, are common alcoholic drinks, and favourite non-alcoholic beverages include tea and coffee.
From have a ride on a charming steam train or enjoying the exciting TT Race, to viewing fascinating Viking artefacts to strolling along the seaside promenade with your Manx ice-cream, your time spent visiting the Isle of Man is bound to be enjoyable.
Currency: Manx pound or Pound sterling
Emergency Services: 112 or 999
Drives On: Left
Time Zones: UTC +1