The Isle of Man is a popular tourist destination located in the Irish Sea. It’s an island steeped in history dating back an incredible ten thousand years. It’s also unexpectedly large, measuring thirty-three miles in length. It’s a great place to take the car for a driving holiday, as it’s filled with lots of towns and villages perfect for exploring. There’s quite a lot of choice when it comes to taking a ferry to the Isle of Man, making it a great destination to take the car.
If you’re an outdoorsy type, the Isle of Man is the place for you. There is some incredible scenery here. Not only can you sunbathe to your heart’s content along stretches of unspoiled beaches, there are hundreds of mystical coves to explore, as well as breathtaking jagged cliffs, miles of perfect countryside, and gorgeous forests. The Isle of Man is famous for its rolling landscapes, so you can hike through fields and glens filled with scented heather.
The capital of the island is Douglas, where you will find a big choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes, plu splenty of other entertainment. For example, the Gaiety Theatre is in Douglas, and is one of the most impressive theatres on the Isle of Man. It’s worthwhile taking a tour of this magnificent building, and also trying to catch one of the shows, which range from big acts to classic straight theatre.
If you’re a fitness enthusiast, one of the best places to visit is the National Sports centre, which is just a short drive outside of Douglas. There are gyms, indoor pools, bowls, and a number of outdoor sports on offer.
Once you’ve tired of Douglas, head south to Port Erin, one of the biggest resorts in the South of the Island, with plenty of hotels and camp parks. There is a great beach here for a spot of sunbathing. The promenade here has some phenomenal views of the bay, which is lined by spectacular rugged cliff faces. Port Erin is also home to the Manhannon International Festival of Music and the Arts which takes place every summer in the Erin Arts Centre.
It’s a great place to visit with the family, as the currency is the same, the language is the same, and you can still drive on the right. If you decide to drive over of the ferry, get yourself a parking disc, which is necessary in many town parking zones. These can be purchased at the Sea Terminal. There are plenty of roads to explore when you arrive, from busy to quiet countryside lanes, with no speeding limit. All in all, you have just less than seven hundred miles of roads to choose from, so you won’t get bored!