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.
Peel: for history
The town of Peel, on the west coast, features two of the best historic attractions on the island. Peel Castle, which dates to the 14th century, sits above the bay. Meanwhile, the House of Manannan is one of the island's best museums, chronicling the history of the area across three floors. Atmospheric multimedia exhibits bring the story of the Isle of Man to life, while a full-size replica of a Viking ship will impress visitors of all ages.
Douglas: for business The island's capital, Douglas, hosts multiple international businesses and is the governmental heart of the crown protectorate. If you're flying to the Isle of Man to meet clients or talk finance, you will most likely end up in Douglas at some point.
Looking for a lunch spot to meet and greet? Head to North Quay, an increasingly stylish part of the town lined with quality restaurants. If you're staying for any length of time, keep in mind that Douglas is also the home of a stunning historic theatre and two cinemas for your evening's entertainment.
Cregneash: for tradition
Entering the small village of Cregneash is like stepping back in time. This charming and well-preserved settlement in the south of the island consists of traditionally thatched cottages with whitewashed walls; the village is mostly a living museum made up of the houses. This was one of the last communities to speak Manx, although if you head into the café and museum (both hosted in these traditional homes) they'll still understand your English. Livestock graze in the fields, while traditional farming equipment sits outside the historic houses. Come back here at night for some of the best stargazing on the island.
- Voltage: 240 V
- Currency: British Pound Sterling
- Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and British Summer Time (GMT +1)
- Language: Everyone on the island speaks English, but you'll notice bilingual signs and the occasional radio greeting in Manx