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A jewel in the Irish Sea

Thousands of years of history and the oldest Parliament in the world wrapped in 100 miles of beautiful coastline

Isle of Man

Legend has it that the Isle of Man was created when the Irish giant Finn MacCooill threw a chunk of earth from Ireland’s coastline towards Scotland, when in battle, which promptly landed in the Irish Sea and became the Isle of Man. Legend also has it that the Island’s name comes from the Celtic sea god Manannan Mac Lir who protected the land from invaders by shrouding it in a cloak of mist.

It is these folklore stories, and the history that follows, which are carefully safeguarded by the Manx people to ensure the Island doesn’t lose any of its unique charm of character.

Measuring just 33 miles in length and 13 miles in width, the Isle of Man occupies a central position right between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It’s strong identity is due in part to its independence and the fact that the Island is self-governing. It has the oldest continuous parliament in the world, Tynwald, which dates back over 1000 years. You can tour the Tynwald building and visit Tynwald Hill – where parliament meets in the open air once a year.

Due to the influence of the sea, the Island’s climate is temperate and despite its size it has a wonderfully varying landscape. The coastline stretches for 100 miles with unspoilt beaches and, across the northern plain, you’ll find long sandy beaches which contrast markedly with the rocky cliffs and sheltered bays around the rest of the Island.

Snaefell – which is 2,036 feet above sea level – is the Island’s only mountain and there are a number of smaller Islands located off the Island’s coast including the Calf of Man at the southern tip, which is home to a nature reserve and bird observatory, and St Patrick’s Isle on which Peel Castle proudly stands.

Discover Celtic crosses and ancient Viking burial grounds as well as a number of heritage landmarks which tell the Story of Mann and the Manx people.

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