The Isle of Man sits in the Irish Sea surrounded by the British Isles and when you land everything seems familiar but look closer and you will discover a unique place.
It is a self-governing Crown Dependency and not part of the EU.
It issues its own currency (but thankfully this is interchangeable with Stirling) and stamps, there are red telephone boxes that work – which is handy as your mobile thinks it’s abroad and they have very sensible laws about the brewing of beer. There is also a strong presence of the Celtic and Viking cultures.
The walking that the Island offers is second to none and it varies massively around this wonderful Island.
We currently have two trips that both explore the Isle of Man Coast Path with one taking in the full trail and a second taking in the 'highlights'.
Our Manx walking holidays are based on the Raad ny Foillan or Way of the Gull which is a footpath around the Manx coast created to mark the Island's "Heritage Year" celebrations in 1986. It follows the coast wherever it can and traverses terrain which varies from shingle beaches at the Ayres in the north, hills of over 600ft and cliffs above the Sloc (Stacks) in the west, and the coastal sward at Scarlett near Castletown.
There are spectacular clifftop views with much birdlife and contrasting sections on resort promenades and only passes along public roads only when necessary.
You can fly to the island or travel across to the Isle of Man on the ferry.