The Isle of Man occupies a central position in the Irish Sea and the British Isles – right between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Due to the influence of the sea the Island’s climate is temperate making it an ideal year round visitor destination.
Despite its size the Isle of Man has a varying landscape. The coastline stretches for 100 miles and across the northern plain you’ll find long sandy beaches which contrast markedly with the rocky cliffs and sheltered bays around the rest of the Island. Snaefell – which is 2,036 feet above sea level – is the Island’s only mountain. You’ll also spot a number of smaller Islands located off the Island’s coast including the Calf of Man at the southern tip, which is home to a nature reserve and bird observatory, and St Patrick’s Isle on which Peel Castle proudly stands.
Fiercely proud of its diverse culture and fascinating heritage this sea-bound kingdom has a captivating story to tell – one which stretches back for thousands of years. Legend has it that the Isle of Man was created when the Irish giant Finn MacCooill threw a chunk of earth from Ireland’s coastline towards Scotland, when in battle, which promptly landed in the Irish Sea and became the Isle of Man. It is said that the Island’s name comes from the Celtic sea god Manannan Mac Lir who protected the land from invaders by shrouding it in a cloak of mist. This independent land of legends and long-held traditions of culture was first settled by the Celts. The Vikings arrived about 800 AD, and remnants of that Scandinavian influence remain to this day.
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A visit to the Isle of Man will be a voyage of discovery and will present the chance to explore Celtic crosses and ancient Viking burial grounds as well as a number of heritage landmarks which tell the Story of Mann. Discover more than 10,000 years of history and step back in time as you journey around some of the Island’s most important heritage sites. You’ll find burial grounds and Neolithic chambered tombs along your way as well as the largest collection of Celtic and Norse crosses produced between the 6th and 13th centuries. The well maintained gardens, dotted around the Island, offer a great place to blow away the cobwebs or enjoy a picnic in the sunshine.
With a wealth of things to see and do, and many places to visit, you’ll have great fun exploring the Isle of Man – the hardest decision you’ll have to make is how to fit everything in!