The Isle of Man sits in the Irish Sea and on a clear day from the highest mountain, Snaefell at nearly 2,500 feet, it is possible to see the kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The island is a British overseas territory and is self-governing with its own parliament known as Tynwald, which is the longest continuous parliament in the world.
The island is renowned for its offshore financial services, that include a very successful small ships registry and now the Manx aircraft registry. Private aircraft truly come in to their own in getting to and from the Isle of Man. Whilst there are regular scheduled services from many destinations in the UK and Ireland as well as ferry and hovercraft services, being able to travel in your own time is a great benefit.
Relatively small, just 30 miles long by an average of around 12 miles wide, the island is really a whole country in microcosm with mountains, glens, beautiful beaches and some of the prettiest countryside in the British Isles.
Many sporting events take place throughout the year but the island is synonymous with the TT motorcycle races which take place in the last week of May/first week of June. The Manx Grand Prix motorcycle races take place later in the year. Flying to the island during the TT period should be researched and organised in advance as parking and slot times are not always easy.
Isle of Man Tourist Board (www.visitisleofman.com)