Holidaymakers looking for a fantastic island destination with a difference might like to try the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom. Located off the North West coast of England in the Irish Sea, this beautiful location offers many exciting things for visitors to see and do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, cottages, B&Bs and campsites.
The Isle of Man has many scenic areas inland and on the coast for holidaymakers to explore either on foot, by bike or on horseback. Some terrific trails on the island make this a great place for mountain biking too. There are miles of sandy beaches here for visitors to relax and sunbathe on or even take a swim in the sea. Plenty of watersports can be tried here too such as sailing, scuba diving, fishing and windsurfing. For golf fans the island has eight 18-hole and one 9-hole courses. Motorsports and go-karting are also very popular activities for tourists. The Isle of Man has numerous restaurants, cafes and pubs offering a wide variety of dishes from around the world. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to buy food and drink from some local stores and supermarkets as well as gifts and souvenirs.
There are many fascinating places for holidaymakers to visit on the Isle of Man. The island has several museums such as the Manx Transport Museum and the Nautical Museum. Numerous historic buildings and sites can be viewed here too such as ancient ruins, Rushen Abbey, Castle Rushen and Peel Castle. Laxey Wheel is well worth a visit as it is the largest waterwheel in the world. Visitors can enjoy lots of nature and wildlife at places such as Tynwald National Park and Arboretum. Various wildlife tours are offered here including whale watching excursions.
The warmest months on the Isle of Man are July and August when the average high is 18 degrees centigrade. The coolest months of the year are January, February and December when the average high is 7 degrees centigrade and the average low around 3 degrees. The driest month is generally May with around 50mm of rainfall on average. October, November and December are the wettest months with an average of about 90mm rainfall per month.
Isle of Man Airport (IOM) is located on the south of the island at Ronaldsway and has flights from several British and Irish airports. These include Belfast-City (BHD), Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), Dublin (DUB), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow-International (GLA), Leeds/Bradford (LBA), Liverpool (LPL), London-City (LCY), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Luton (LTN), Manchester (MAN) and Newcastle(NCL). Seasonal flights also arrive from Brussels (BRU) and Geneva (GVA). Athol Car Hire, Isle of Man Rent a Car and Mylchreests Car Rental are all represented at the airport and there are taxis available as well. Ferry services are also available from Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin taking passengers to the island capital, Douglas.