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Isle of Man Holiday Cottages
These smaller rental companies offer a selection of Isle of Man cottage properties and self-catering accommodation; most of the main providers don't cover this part of the world. Prices are a little higher for mainland cottages but special deals are available in certain cases.
- 3 Isle of Man cottages
at the time of writing, available from £275 for week-long stays. The cottages can accommodate up to 6 people and all are within a short distance of the beach. Visit the site to check for availability and up-to-date price information.
Self Catering Searcher
- A few Isle of Man cottages
from this online utility. They're located in Ramsey and Port Erin and may be booked for as little as £240. All cottages are rated with at least 4 starts. Detailed information is provided with a form for contacting owners directly.
- A small collection of Isle of Man holiday cottages provided by Holiday Rentals. Their holiday properties are located on the northern reaches of the island and can be booked for around £350 (per week). Visit the site for more details.
- A few Isle of Man self catering cottages from this tour operator. Prices start at around £300 with all holiday cottages inspected and graded accordingly. A number of special offers are also available for weekend and short breaks.
Isle of Man
Located in the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is 227 square miles of largely unspoilt countryside. Its northern plain consists of wooded lanes and picturesque hamlets, the south, of bubbling streams and gentle hills. The climate is extremely mild due to the Gulf Stream and is ideal for outdoor activities.
Walking holidays prove popular on the Island with Sulby Glen
particularly inspiring. A mountain railway climbs up to the island's highest point, Snaefell, while the 100 mile coastline offers clean silver-sand beaches, perfect for swimming and beach activities.
The Island's capital Douglas is an attractive town with a long promenade on its sea-front, and a selection of museums and old churches. Laxey, on the East Coast is dominated by 'Lady Isabella', the biggest water wheel in the world, built in 1854 and 72 feet across.
The second largest town on the Isle of Man, Ramsey and it's attractive Mooragh Park
proves another welcome distraction while the crystal blue waters of Port Erin makes it ideal for scuba diving. It is also sanctuary to a large selection of seabirds and marine life. See below for more information about visitor attractions and places of interest on the Isle of Man.
Isle of Man visitor attractions
There's a diverse range of activities, visitor attractions and historical places of interest on the Isle of Man - below we've provided information about some of the most popular including details of opening times, entry prices and location.
The Snaefell Mountain Railway runs from Laxey to the summit of Snaefell, which stands at over 2,000ft. Built in the late 19th century, it is the only one of its kind in Britain and affords some outstanding views - tickets are between £5 and £8 and children under 5 go free. The Road of the Gull
public footpath also enables visitors to enjoy the island and winds its way around the coast for over 90 miles, taking in important historical landmarks including forts and Celtic ruins.
Located near Douglas, The Onchan Pleasure Park
is another popular attraction and features a number of activities such as miniature golf, bowls and tennis - admission is free. Other places of interest include Nobles Park (Onchan), Tynwald National Park (Peel) and Curraghs Wildlife Park in Ramsey.
Food and drink
Pub of the Year winner, The Bay in Port Errin is one of the finest pubs on the Isle of Man. It serves a collection of Bushy's Ales including Bushy Tail and Oyster Stout and hosts live music on Fridays. For fine dining visit The Sefton Hotel
in Douglas. This Victorian Hotel
, which is set on the sea-front, features an AA rosette winning restaurant that specialises in modern european food. The a la carte menu fuses modern and classic French cuisine and starts at about £14 per head.
History and Culture
The Nautical Museum in Castletown exhibits marine artifacts and historical ships such as the 18th century, "Peggy" - opening times are 10 -5 pm. The Lady Isabella
, pictured above, is Laxey's primary visitor attraction and was once used to pump water from mine shafts. It spans 72 feet and was built in 1854.
Other major historical sites of interest include Manx Aviation and Military Museum, the majestic 11th century Peel Castle, Castle Rushden and The Leece Museum, which exhibits artifacts relating to Peel's history.