Isle of Man Coast Guide
The Isle of Man is a popular holiday destination in its own right. It is a self governing kingdom with its own parliament, laws and traditions. It is actually a crown dependency that does not belong to the UK or the EU. However you can still visit without a passport if you're a UK citizen - and it is well worth a visit.
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The island can be reached by car ferry from Liverpool, Heysham or Fleetwood and there is a link onwards towards Dublin. There is an international airport at Ronaldsway, which is seven miles from Douglas, the islands capital.
The island is fairly large, being 33 miles long and 13 miles wide and there is a good network of roads around the island. Part of this road network forms the circuit for the annual TT motorcycle race that is held annually on the island. This event is very popular and draws thousands of people to the island every May and June and you are advised to book in advance for accommodation and transport links.
Douglas has been the Island's capital since 1869 and the main tourist and commercial centre. Here, too, are the Legislative Buildings of its ancient parliament, Tynwald, whose origins go back over a thousand years when the Island became a Viking kingdom. The magnificent sweep of Douglas Bay, against the background of green hills, has a charm hard to equal anywhere. Douglas has an excellent harbour which accounts for its growth over the years and two piers from which passengers and cars disembark.
The Isle of Man has around 100 miles of coastline with a wide mix of habitats and geography. There are excellent beaches at Ramsey in the north, Peel on the west coast and at Castletown, Port Erin and Port St. Mary in the south. Just off of the island south west tip is another island, the quaintly named - Calf of Man.
Tourist Attractions around the Isle of Man
Coastal Cruises - Villiers Steps (By the Sea Terminal) Douglas Isle of Man IM4 6DS Phone: 01624 861724
Isle of Man Steam Railway - Headquarters Banks Circus Douglas Isle of Man IM1 5PT Tel: +44 (0) 1624 663366
Curraghs Wildlife Park - Ballaugh Kirk Michael Isle of Man IM7 5EA Tel: +44 (0) 1624 897323
Noble's Park - Kid's play area, mini-golf, tennis, refreshments - Onchan- Phone: 01624 621132 .
Castle Rushen - 12th century castle once home of Magnus, Viking King of Mann - Castletown Square Phone: 01624 648000 Location
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A great selection of photos from the Southwest region.