The Isle of Man is located in the middle of the Irish Sea, off the North West coast of England. Geographically at the centre of the British Isles, it is not part of the UK but is a self-governing Crown dependency.
Stunningly beautiful with soaring green hills and rugged coastline, the Island measures 33 miles long by 13 miles wide. Around 40% of the land is undeveloped making a perfect haven for walkers and cyclists. There are more than 688 miles of roads, some 26 beaches and 100 miles of coastline.
|Capital (and largest city):||Douglas|
|Official languages:||English, Manx|
|Currency:||Pound sterling (Manx pound) (GBP)|
|Calling code:||+44 (UK area code 01624)|
|Area:||572 km² | 221 sq mi|
|Climate:||temperate; cool summers and mild winters; overcast about one-third of the time|
|Terrain:||hills in north and south bisected by central valley|
Visitors can enjoy 10,000 years of history presented as "The Story of Mann" which links medieval castles and ancient burial sites to a Viking longhouse and the Laxey Wheel - a model of Victorian engineering. All are operated by Manx National Heritage.
Getting around is easy - an unsurpassed network of Victorian electric and steam railways make it a pleasure to explore a variety of scenic views and wildlife.
The Isle of Man is well known for its spectacular marine life. In the summer months you can see bus-sized basking sharks cruising in the coastal waters, dive with seals and see some spectacular underwater landscapes. If you're lucky you might spot a harbour porpoise or a Risso's dolphin, just two of the whale and dolphin species which frequent Manx waters.
Sample local cuisine at a wide range of restaurants - enjoy Manx Queenies (succulent queen scallops) and local cheese or a slice of bonnag (scone-like cake) in cafés around the Island.
Ferries sail from Liverpool, Heysham, Belfast or Dublin while airlines operate from many UK airports, including Belfast City and Belfast International, Birmingham, Blackpool, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gloucester (M5), Guernsey, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London City, Gatwick and Luton, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay.
Contact the Isle of Man Welcome Centre, Sea Terminal Buildings, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2RG. Telephone: 01624 686766 or visit www.visitisleofman.com