Travel & Tips

If you’re coming from the big rocks, there are some things you should know…

Mobile phones

You may simply incur some roaming costs, but equally you may not have access to data or calls on arrival if you don’t check with your provider first. When you speak to them you should make it very clear that you’re talking about the Isle of Man specifically (as often the person on the phone will have to go and check with somebody).

Money

One of the fun things about Isle of Man’s crown dependency status is that whilst they have the pound (despite not being in the UK or the EU), its technically the Manx pound. In practice, you can use any UK cash on the island no problem, but you might get some funny change that you can’t spend back home! (Denominations below £1 still work fine in parking meters and vending machines, mind…)

Just don’t be overheard saying “Monopoly money”

Weather

Like Scotland, the Isle of Man often enjoys four seasons in a day! Basically, don’t only pack your flip-flops and shades (even if it is the end of July).

Weather forecasting, it’s a tricky business…

Reaching the island

The Isle of Man is reachable by plane or ferry. As with Accommodation, there’s some great info on the Official Isle of Man Visitor Website. You shouldn’t need a passport (although it can’t hurt to bring it), but if you’re checking in bags on a plane for example, then you will need some form of ID.

By air

Flights are available from various locations, but bear in mind that delays are not uncommon when the sea god Manannan chooses to hide the island with his mists! (Or maybe some airlines simply aren’t that great…)

  • easyJet fly from London Gatwick, London Luton, Liverpool and Bristol
  • British Airways from London City
  • FlyBe from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool
  • Aer Lingus from Dublin

Sadly, flights no longer seem to operate from Newcastle and Belfast since Eastern Airways merged with FlyBe 🙁

By sea

With your car or on foot, the Isle of Man of Steam Packet ferry travels from Liverpool, Heysham and Belfast.

Places to visit

If you’ve got any time for exploring, we’d recommend going for a walk up Bradda Head from Port Erin (which we’re hoping to do Sunday morning if you’d like to join us), or popping down to The Sound with its views of the Calf of Man and café.

The Steam Railway from Port Erin to Douglas (stopping at Port St Mary and Castletown) and the Manx Electric Railway (tram) running north from Douglas (connecting to the Snaefell Mountain Railway) are great ways to explore more of the island.

In the south of the island there’s also Castle Rushen in Castletown as well as Langness peninsular, which makes for a nice walk.

You may also wish to visit Peel (with its castle, beach, kiosk café and the House of Mannanan) or even Spooyt Vane in the west; the Laxey Wheel north of Douglas in the east (the largest working water wheel in the world); Snaefell mountain or somewhere else!

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