Situated in the centre of the British Isles and surrounded by the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is a self-governing dependent territory of the British Crown. This beautiful place has over 100 miles of striking coastlines consisting of beaches and rugged cliffs - it's a stunning island with incredibly interesting origins. Nowadays, its economy revolves around several sectors, including aviation, tourism, finance and e-gaming. With a mild climate, an abundance of interesting landmarks and a rich history, a car hire in the Isle of Man is the perfect way to explore the island. Why not contact Auto Europe and learn more about our offers?
Don't be fooled by the size of this island - there is a vast list of activities and things to do here. You can experience first-hand their traditions by going on board of a heritage railway journey, a fun and unique way to visit ancient monuments and historical sites. There are three different lines, and some of the attractions include the impressive Castle Rushen, the Railway Museum, the Rushen Abbey and even a panoramic view at Snaefell, from where it is possible to catch a glimpse of the neighbouring countries on a clear day - England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man.
After going back in time with this trip, take the family on a walking tour and let the natural beauties of the island surprise you. We also highly recommend tree climbing at South Barrule. At night, why not observe the stars and the vast firmament in the Dark Sky Sites? For those who love adventure or being surrounded by nature, Isle of Man lends itself perfectly to a wide range of outdoor activities. Tourists can go cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting or simply golfing. Possibilities are endless!
Don't miss the island's most famous landmarks, such as the colourful villages, the Tynwald Hill and the Laxey Wheel , the largest working waterwheel in the world. And after a long day of sightseeing, refuel your energy in one of the many restaurant and pubs in the island. Allow yourself to uncover their culinary traditions - from the exquisite Queenies (queen scallops) to the tender Loaghtan lamb roast (native to these lands), most ingredients are locally sourced.
To help you make the most of your time on the Isle of Man, we gathered relevant information about the island. Alternatively, you can check their official website listed on the bottom of this page. Contact our team now and let us help you to plan your trip!
The Island has over 688 miles of mostly uncongested public roads, all of which are paved. Conveniently, road traffic is similar to that of the UK, but there is no overriding national speed restriction; only local speed limits. From the airport, the A5 is the fastest way to get to the capital, Douglas, which is located 20 minutes away. If you wish to take your car hire in the Isle of Man from the airport to the opposite side of the Island, just follow the A3 and you will reach Ramsey, one of the biggest cities in the north.
Parking is currently operated under a policy of disc parking zones. Travellers must also display a parking disc in their vehicles. Discs are available from Auto Europe's office, or the Sea Terminal, Douglas, police stations, post offices and local commissioners' offices in the Island. The hours of operation in retail areas are from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm; and in residential areas from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
The Isle of Man occupies a central position in the British Isles - between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Measuring 33 miles in length and 13 miles in width, it's distinguished by a temperate oceanic climate. Summertime temperatures are exceptionally mild. The highest recorded temperature was 28.9 °C in the 80's. Average rainfall is around 75 inches/year at its highest, but lower levels can be around 31 inches. August is the hottest month with an average temperature of 15°C and the coldest is January at 5°C. Daily sunshine hours are usually higher in June, with an average of 7 hours. Over 40 per cent of the Isle of Man is unpopulated, including many beaches, glens and forests. The Isle of Men is known for two domestic animals: the Manx cat, with short tail, and the Manx Loaghtan sheep.
Isle of Man Airport, also known as Ronaldsway Airport, is the main airport on the Island, located 6.9 miles southwest of Douglas, the capital. The airport has scheduled flights to the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Channel Islands.
Isle of Man Airport (IOM)
Address: Ballasalla IM9 2AS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1624 821600
There is a comprehensive bus network in the Island, consisting of double deckers, regular and minibuses. It is operated by Bus Vannin, a government-owned company. Single and return tickets are available on board from the bus driver. Prices vary, but a ticket from the airport to Douglas, for instance, costs £3.10 and the journey takes approximately 35 minutes. The Go Explore card provides unlimited travel on bus and rail services. The Isle of Man Sea Terminal in Douglas has regular ferries connecting to Heysham and summer ferries to Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin, with restricted timetable during winter. At the time of the Isle of Man TT a limited number of sailings operate to and from Larne in Northern Ireland. All ferries are operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. In addition, the Island counts with the oldest operating horse tram service, located on the sea front in Douglas. Modern alternatives are also available, such as steam and electric-operated railways. More specifically, Douglas and Port Erin are connected by a steam railway, while Douglas and Ramsey are connected by an electric railway and there is even an electric mountain railway which climbs Snaefell. Taxis are also available throughout the city and to and from the airport.