The Isle of Man, also known simply as Mann or Manx, is a self-governed island in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The island has a history dating back to 6500 BC, with medieval castles, cobbled streets, and the world’s largest functional waterwheel providing a trip back in time. The climate is rather more temperate with mild winters and heavy rains. The population of about 83,300 is spread around on all four coasts. The capital city is Douglas, located on the east coast. The best beaches are towards the west and south, around Peel and Port Erin. Get a car for hire in Isle of Man and you can start from Douglas and head out for an exploration of Peel, Port Erin, and other cities, towns and beaches on all four coasts.
The capital city of Douglas combines a bustling harbor with a seaside resort for tourists. Set along a huge two-mile stretch of the bay with a sandy beach leading up to it, Douglas has everything tourists want, from historic and iconic attractions to seaview hotels. Get a car for rent in Isle of Man and get started with the Story of Mann trail. The first stop on this tour is the Manx Museum. High Street shopping is quite popular, and so is the TT Grandstand, for a view of bikes racing past. Further ahead on the east coast you will find Laxey, home to Lady Isabella - the world’s largest working waterwheel.
Peel is a fascinating place, offering everything from soul-stirring sunset views to the addictive Manx ice cream and the towering ruins of Peel Castle on St. Patrick’s Isle, not to mention huge basking sharks that can creep right up to you on the shore from May through August. The town has three great museums, including the Leece Museum, Manx Transport Heritage Museum, and the House of Manannan museum. Just outside Peel, you will find the village of St. Johns and the Tynwald Mills shopping center.
Visitors have been coming to Port Erin for beach vacations since the Victorian era. Port Erin offers a wide swath of sheltered sandy beach and isolated coves. You can drive along the coast to Port St. Mary Sound or visit the Calf of Man to watch the spectacle of seals sunning themselves on a rock. You may want to see the Railway Museum and Cregneash, which is a living history museum depicting scenes from a 19th Century Manx community. A must-visit destination in the south is Castletown, where you will find the medieval Castle Rushen.
The east, west and south you have already covered. But one of the most important destinations on the island is Ramsey, the second largest town on the island, located on the north coast. This is where all the nature and wildlife enthusiasts head for when they want to get away from their daily lives. Book your car rental in Isle of Man right now and plan for a foray into Mooragh Park or the Curraghs Wildlife Park further ahead in Ballaugh. Visit the Ayres Nature Reserve past the island’s northern tip at Point of Ayre.
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