If you’re after a destination the lies firmly off the tourist trail, then look no further than the Isle of Man – an idyllic bolthole that eschews commercialism, tirelessly preserves the past and yet still manages to feel contemporary. Located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland, it benefits from a beautiful, rugged and exposed coastline that has long attracted walkers, photographers and those with a love of the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a getaway with a difference, why not grab cheap flights to the Isle of Man with Flybe and enjoy a holiday that’s sure to leave you feeling, refreshed, relaxed and totally captivated.
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Heavily influenced by its Celtic and Norse origins, The Isle of Man has fiercely protected its sense of heritage and as a result has become a popular destination for tourism, with visitors flocking over to enjoy a slice of days gone by with a decidedly modern spin. Since 1907 the Island has hosted the Tourist Trophy road racing compeition, an international motorcycle event attracting over 50,000 people that is somewhat at odds with its laid-back vibe, yet has become an entrenched part of the Manx identity. Motorbikes aside, the Isle of Man has no shortage of castles, monuments and museums for those with a passion for culture, whilst a booming arts scene including music and theatre ensures plenty of evening entertainment, whatever your interests.
Unsurprisingly the rural nature of the island has ensured a culinary scene that is heavily focused on fresh, local produce. Take advantage of the coastal proximity and indulge in rich fish dishes cooked with impeccable flair at Tanroagan, which has become something of a culinary ambassador for Manx seafood since its opening in 2006. If fish doesn’t float your boat then make 14 North your dining destination of choice and enjoy honest, simple food sourced locally and cooked to perfection by the team of passionate chefs. After dinner there’s no need to call it a night as the island offers a selection of pubs, bars and clubs to suit even the most discerning of visitors. If it’s a bespoke cocktail list and specially selected wines you’re after then Bath and Bottle is the venue for you, whilst a perennial buzz surrounds Jaks Pub – a venue dedicated to live sport, steaks and an extensive drinks menu. Top it all off with a night out in one of Douglas’s many nightclubs and you’re sure to have an evening to remember!
Boasting a fantastic blend of high street stores, independent boutiques and quirky souvenir shops, it’s easy to while away a day shopping on the island. If it’s familiar brands and big names you’re after then head to the capital of Douglas for retail therapy interspersed with well-deserved coffee breaks at any one of the numerous cafes that line the paved streets. Quirkier bits and bobs can be found in Ramsey in the northern part of the island, whilst Castletown is a veritable haven for independent shops that retain the island’s sense of uniqueness. But for a traditional souvenir like no other, it’s essential to pay a visit to the last working woollen mill - Laxey Woollen Mills. Since 1881 the mill has used traditional techniques to create a plethora of different tartan pieces in the iconic heather, blue, yellow and green colours.
Throw yourself into the spirit of the island by visiting the centrally located Manx Museum for a journey through over 10,000 years of history artfully displayed through contemporary films and interactive displays. Other cultural hotspots include Castle Rushen (one of Europe’s best preserved examples of a medieval castle) and The Old House of Keys for a fascinating insight into the often turbulent history of Manx politics. If you fancy a trip to the top of the Island’s one and only mountain, then be sure to board the Snaefell Mountain Railway where on a clear day at the summit you’ll be privy to a mesmerising view over England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Also worth making time for is a night at The Gaiety Theatre, which boasts a packed and varied programme of theatre, pantomime and concerts, not to mention a seriously spooky ghost tour for those with an interest in the supernatural.
The island’s airport – Isle of Man or Ronaldsway Airport – is situated on the south of the island around 11km from the capital of Douglas. It benefits from an extensive public bus service as well as the unique chance to travel from the airport via steam train.
IATA code: IOM
Name: Isle of Man Airport
Address: Ballasalla, Isle of Man, IM9 2AS
Telephone: +44 1624 821600
Both long and short stay parking is provided at reasonable rates from the Isle of Man airport.
A daily bus service is in operation between the airport and Douglas, Santon, Ballasalla, Castletown, Port Erin and intermediate bus stops.
There is a handy taxi rank located outside the entrance of the terminal building. Taxis are available to meet all flights and most destinations are covered by fixed tariff charges.
Car hire is made easy by the airport’s extensive range of car hire firms, which either have offices or telephone contact points within the airport terminal. We recommend booking in advance to ensure you get the best deal.