The Isle of Man has been inhabited since prehistoric times and has a rich history that dates back over 6,000 years. The island was known to the ancient Britons as Mannia or Mannin and was part of the Norse kingdom until 1266 when it was ceded to Scotland by King Magnus VI. In 1765, it came under British rule. Today, the Isle of Man is an autonomous British Crown Dependency with its own parliament, currency and postage stamps.
The island’s largest city is Douglas which is home to the majority of the population. Here you can explore the picturesque 19th-century architecture, go shopping at the bustling harbour market, or enjoy some traditional music and dancing in the pubs. Other popular cities on the island include Peel and Ramsey which feature their own unique charm and plenty of activities for tourists to enjoy.
When it comes to tourist attractions, the Isle of Man has plenty to offer. The magnificent Snaefell Mountain has breathtaking views of the Irish Sea and beyond. On your way up you can take in some stunning scenery at the nearby Tynwald Hill National Park. Meanwhile, Ellan Vannin is an ethereal sandbank which offers some wonderful walks along the shoreline. Alternatively, you could experience thrilling encounters with marine life such as dolphins and seals while whale watching off Port Erin.
For those looking for more adventurous activities why not try mountain biking in Cronk ny Mona or visit one of many dive sites around the island? Surfers can take their skills to new heights at Fleshwick Bay or Draynes Bay where experienced instructors are always on hand for guidance.
No matter what time of year you decide to visit this beautiful island there will be something for you to enjoy!