The Isle of Man is an island located within the Irish Sea. It is geographically situated right in the middle of Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. However, Isle of Man is neither a member of the European Union nor England. It is a territory of the British crown, though, so the people living in Isle of Man can be referred to as British citizens. Travel to Isle of Man to bear witness to a beauty that offers historical, natural and well preserved attractions from the Medieval era.
The history of Isle of Man saw invasion of the Celts to the Vikings and then the Scots took control of Isle of Man. It was during 1764 when the British crown gained control of the Isle of Man although the country was never incorporated into the United Kingdom. Today, only half of the population in Isle of Man are native folks while the other half are immigrants (mostly from the UK). In term of government rule, the British crown represents Isle of Man in diplomatic and defence ministries. When it comes to housing and immigration, however, Isle of Man acts independently from the UK.
The low tax rate in Isle of Man had attracted an offshore financial sector. This has accounted for majority of the country’s GDP. Other crucial factors in the Isle of Man’s economy include the tourism and light industry sectors. Meanwhile, fishing and agriculture are no longer as important as they used to be.
Currency: Manx Pound
Official Language: English and Manx are the official languages of the Isle of Man.
Wi-Fi Availability: There are several cafes, restaurants and pubs in Isle of Man that offer free Wi-Fi. You can also get your own from your hotel.
Airport/s: The Ronaldsway Airport is the main international airport for flights that travel to Isle of Man.
Visa Required: The visa policy for travel to Isle of Man is the same with that of the UK.
Driving: In Isle of Man, you must drive on the left side of the road.
International Driver’s License Accepted? You can use your foreign issued driver’s license to drive in Isle of Man. There is no need to carry an international driving permit.
Crime: The overall crime rate in Isle of Man is very low. However, there was a significant increase in crime rates (rising up to 50%) over the past three years. The rate of violent crimes remains to be highly rare, though. You can walk around alone at night or day and feel safe.
Electrical Adapters: In Isle of Man, the electrical voltage used is 230 volts with an electrical frequency of 50 Hertz.
Trivia: Isle of Man offers some of the best night sky views in the world. This is due to the low level of light pollution in the island.
Isle of Man Cuisine
Get a glimpse into the culture of Isle of Man through its cuisine:
Some of the most popular ingredients used in cooking for Isle of Man cuisine include honey, Manx cheese, and Queen scallops. Indeed, a distinctive quality of its cuisine is its use of locally sourced ingredients to ensure its freshness. Ice cream is also popular in Isle of Man and they use ingredients also produced within the country for making unique flavors.
Some of the popular dishes in the cuisine include Bonnag (a traditional scone served in tea shops), Manx kippers (slowly smoked in oak chips) and Loghtan Lamb (cooked using meat of a native Manx Loghtan sheep).
In terms of beverages, Isle of Man are known for their Real Manx Ale, Kella whiskey and Manx vodka or gin.
Travel to Isle of Man: Notable Attractions
Peel Castle – This majestic fortress is a national heritage site in Isle of Man. It is located at St. Patrick’s Isle with an overlooking view of the Peel Marina. The magnificent and well preserved walls of the fortress tell a story of several centuries old. It is open daily for tourists from 10AM to 4PM.
Peel Cathedral – The Peel Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of Saint German, is one of the parish churches in the town of Peel in Isle of Man. It was built during the 19th century and was made into a cathedral in the 1980s. The original cathedral was located inside the grounds of Peel Castle. However, it fell into ruins during the 18th century. It was finally rebuild during 1879 and was completed in 1884.
Mull Hill – This is a small hill in Isle of Man noted as a prehistoric site lauded for its archaeological and visual importance. It is located at the eastern side of the Island within the parish of Vale. This is where the Mull Circle or Meayll Circle is located.
Leece Museum – This museum was established in 1984 and showcases artifacts and emblems depicting the history of Isle of Man. Majority of the historical date, however, refers to the history of the town of Peel. The museum is open from 10AM to 4PM. If you are a history enthusiast, this is a must-visit if you travel to Isle of Man.
Castle Rushen – This historic castle is built in the historic town of Castletown. It is recognized as a national heritage site in Isle of Man for being one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country, as well as the world. As of now, there are no records as to the exact date that the castle was built although historians claim that it could have been around since the 1200s.