Isle of Man
Think of the Isle of Man and you might think motorsport and financial institutions.
But take a trip here and there's a lot more to discover – an island of breathtakingly diverse natural beauty, where historic sights blend into the landscape and you can get a genuinely wild outdoor experience.
Arriving at Isle of Man Airport
Isle of Man Airport, also known as Ronaldsway, is the island's only airport, situated in the south of the island, close to Castletown. Look out the window as you come in to land and you’ll get a sense of the island’s layout. Windswept peninsulas, craggy coastline and small villages shape the landscape of the island, which sits in the middle of the Irish Sea.
Once you land you can expect to be on the road swiftly; the airport is small and progress through it is usually quick. You'll find car hire pickup areas straight after baggage collection, and there are fixed-tariff taxis in a rank directly outside the main entrance. Douglas, the island's capital, is about 20 minutes away by car.
Public transport connections at the airport are equally convenient. There’s no separate airport service; you just need to hop on one of the island’s buses, which stop in the drop-off area. They run regularly from Monday to Saturday, with limited service on Sundays. Buses head north to Douglas, south to Port Erin and west to Peel, making most of the island accessible from the airport.
As you'd expect, nightlife on the Isle of Man is limited with the island's small size. But Douglas does feature a handful of clubs that are popular with the locals, and you can expect a lively night out any Friday or Saturday.
You're more likely, however, to find a charming country pub or stylish wine bar to settle in for a night of drinks and lively conversation. Douglas is home to the most modern spots on the island, thanks to the numerous business travellers that stay here. Head to the towns and villages outside the capital to find cosy, proper pubs in scenic locations.
If your idea of nightlife is an evening’s entertainment, then your choices are more varied. The Gaiety Theatre in Douglas is a remarkably elegant Victorian venue that runs a diverse programme of plays and concerts throughout the year. The nearby Villa Marina welcomes in A-list musicians and comedians, while smaller arts centres around the island showcase local talents.