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  • The Isle of Man is an island in the British Isles.
  • It is located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • It is a British Crown dependency, and not part of the United Kingdom.
  • The island has its own government and parliament.
  • The Isle of Man is not a full member of the European Union, but an associate member.
  • The highest point is Snaefell, at 621 meters above sea level.
  • English is the most spoken language.  A small number of people speak Manx Gaelic, which is a descendant of Old Irish.  All children on the Isle of Man have the option to study Manx at school.
  • The Isle of Man’s terrain is varied. There are two mountainous areas divided by a central valley which runs between Douglas and Peel.
  • The northern end of the island is a flat plain, consisting of glacial tills and marine sediments.
  • The southern end of the island is more hilly, with distinct valleys. There is no land below sea level.

HISTORY

  • The Isle of Mans earliest inhabitants were the Celts.
  • The Celts spoke, Manx, which is closely related to Irish and Scottish Gaelic.  This remained the everyday language for the people until the first half of the 19th century.
  • Viking invasions began about 800, and the island was a dependency of Norway until 1266.
  • Once the island was a dependency of Norway, it came under a Scandinavian system of government that has remained virtually unchanged ever since.
  • In 1341, the island entered the control of England.
  • The British parliament gained full control over the island in 1765.


FACTS

    • Longest River – Sulby (17 km/ 10.5 miles)
    • Highest Peak – Snaefell (621 m/ 2036 feet)
    • Coat Of Arms – The Coat of Arms of the Isle of Man were granted by Her Majesty by Royal Warrant dated July 12, 1996. The Arms are an augmented version of the traditional arms which comprise the Three Legs conjoined on a red shield surmounted by a Crown and with the motto Quocunque Jeceris Stabit underneath.
    • Motto – The motto ‘Quocunque Jeceris Stabit’, which translates literally as whithersoever you throw it, it will stand, continues to feature on the Coat of Arms. This motto has been associated with the Isle of Man since about 1300. It was, reportedly, in use before this date by the MacLeods of Lewis as ancient Lords of the Isles of Scotland which, after 1266, included the Isle of Man.
    • Flag – The three legs symbol seems to have been adopted in the Thirteenth Century as the armorial bearings of the native kings of the Isle of Man, whose dominion also included the Hebrides – the Western Isles of Scotland. After 1266, when the native dynasty ended and control of the Island passed briefly to the Crown of Scotland and then permanently to the English Crown, the emblem was retained, and among the earliest surviving representations are those of the Manx Sword of State, thought to have been made in the year 1300 AD. The Three Legs also appeared on the Manx coinage of the seventeenth-nineteenth centuries, and are still in everyday use in the Manx Flag.
    • National Flower – The Cushag

    Panorama Port Erin Bay

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Safety

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  • The Isle of Man is generally a fairly safe place.
  • In an emergency contact the Isle of Man Constabulary at 999.
  • Town centers have real glass in bus shelters and graffiti has become a thing of the past.

 

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Climate

Isle of Man Landscape

  • The climate in Isle of Man is temperate with cool summers and mild winters.
  • The Island has overcast about one-third of the time.
  • Exposure to sea breezes keeps average summer temperatures in the early to mid twenties.
  • Winter temperatures tend to hover around 9 degrees and snow sometimes strikes in late February and early March.
  • There is a considerable variation in rainfall over the island. The driest parts of the Island are in the extreme south and over the northern plain, the wettest being the hilly interior.
  • Frost and snow occur much less frequently than in other parts of the British Isles.
  • The thick sea fog that occasionally covers the island’s lowland areas is known locally as Manannan’s Cloak. This is a reference to the Island’s ancient Sea God wrapping his kingdom in mist to protect it from unwanted visitors.

Places to See

Manx Museum

  • The Manx museum is located in Douglas
  • A National heritage building for ages
  • It has interactive exhibits, art gallery, movie theaters, and displays of geological significance
  • Tours are organized for the tourists to get the virtual play of social history

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International Business School

  • One of the famous places in Isle of Man
  • Offers undergraduate and master level qualifications
  • The campus includes a small Nunnery Estate in the historical university

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Peel Castle

  • Located just miles away from the coast of Peel on the St. Patricks Isle
  • The Castle was built by Magnus Barefoot in 1089 deeming it to be the oldest architectural heritage building
  • This was the main residence of the Emperors of island until 1200s
  • Later, the castle served as a place for exiled state prisoners

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Sound of Man and Sound Visitor Center

  • Nature embraces you and takes you on a virtual tour of paradise
  • Birds and Seals are the major interesting places to go
  • Displays and audio-visual presentations are featured for the tourists who have come for sightseeing in Isle of Man

 

Albert Tower

  • The tower is located in Ramsey
  • The tower is made of granite that rises 45 feet above the ground
  • This marvelous construction dates back in 1847 in the honor of Prince Albert who hiked up the hill, on his visit with the Queen to the island
  • No longer open for public viewing but, can be seen from outside which give the spectacular creation of 18th century

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Panorama of Douglas

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