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Isle of Man

Visit our Isle of Man Tour page for more information on visiting the island and the attractions located on it.

Laxey Isle of Man by Barbara Ballard The Isle of Man’s proximity to the coast of England makes it ideal to include in an itinerary when visiting north-west England. Located in the middle of the Irish sea, it is not politically part of England or Great Britain but a self-governing Crown dependency. However, the Queen is the head of state and represented by a Lieutenant Governor. The Isle of Man has its own parliament, called the Tynwald. Manx Gaelic was once the common language of the people. Although not spoken today, it is taught in school and appears on road signs.

Snaefell Mountain view by Barbara Ballard The island is 32.5 miles long and 13 miles at its widest point. 40% of the island is undeveloped countryside. There are 17 national glens, moorland, nature reserves, sea cliffs, and unspoiled beaches. The tallest mountain Snaefell (2063 feet) is located in the center of the island. 688 miles of roads allow motorists and bikers to explore the island via main roads and country lanes. Breeding and migratory birds enjoy the island’s temperate climate. Wild orchids and palm trees flourish.

Isle of Man flag The population of around 77,000 are about half British and half native born. Douglas is the island capital and where most people live. The national flag is three legs in white, yellow, and grey against a red background. The legs were first used in the early 14th century and have a motto that reads ‘whichever way you throw it, it will stand’. This refers to the people’s independence and resilience. The national holiday is July 5. The island has its own tartan: yellow, blue, white, green, and purple.

Travel Information

To reach the Isle of Man you can fly from London City, Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, and Dublin. By sea there are ferries and seacats from Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, and Heysham, Lancashire.

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