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.
Car hire The Isle of Man is an island that rewards the explorer, with remote bits of coastline and quiet walking trails accessible only by car. Driving is, therefore, the best way to cover most of the island during your trip here, especially if you are staying for longer. Some of the drives themselves are stunning; take the road from Douglas to Ramsey for a dramatic journey through the hills at the heart of the island. Book your car hire in advance for a hassle-free trip.
Public transport Isle of Man buses run regularly from the bus station in Douglas, near the ferry terminal. From this transport hub you can reach most corners of the island and access all its main attractions.
Walking Once you're in one of the towns or villages of the island, the best way to experience the atmosphere and culture is on foot. Most of the major towns are sea-facing, which means your exploration can take you along elegant promenades or down to charming beaches.
Motorbike The annual TT Races have made the island internationally famous among motorheads. Follow the course of the great race on two wheels for an exhilarating way to see the island.