Whatever type of holiday youre looking for, youll find plenty of choice on the Isle of Man; a unique destination with over 10,000 years of history.
Visit the Isle of Man and discover vast tracts of countryside unchanged for hundreds of years, unspoilt beaches, rare flora and fauna, wild flower meadows, heather moor land, sand dunes, no less than 17 national glens, picturesque mountains, bluebell woods the list goes on.
Visit seal breeding colonies in Peel, Maughold Head and the Calf of Man or see if you can spot a basking shark.
For the birdwatcher the island offers a rich assortment of species, several of which are rarities, in a variety of habitats of exceptional beauty.
Measuring only 33 miles by 13, the island may be small but it has much to offer those seeking the tranquillity and beauty of an ancient landscape and within these shores there is a wealth of discoveries to be made.
There are restaurants to suit most tastes available within easy walking distance of the Wicklow Hills such as Chinese, Indian, Spanish, Italian, local fish restaurants and traditional English Fayre, not to mention wine bars, waterfront cafes and lively pubs.
So whether its top class cuisine or a quaint old pub serving up hearty plates of local seafood you are looking for, you wont be disappointed.
The main shopping area in Douglas is within a 10 minutes stroll from the Wicklow Hills and is full of surprises.
Boasting venues such as the Tower House and The Strand centre which both house a good selection of shops, there are also many high street names alongside exclusive designer shops in Strand Street. All of which should satisfy even the most discerning shopper.
At St Georges Woollen Mills in Laxey, founded by John Ruskin in 1881, you can see genuine Manx tweeds being woven in the traditional method.
The island is most famous for the TT and Manx Grand Prix motorcycle festivals but there are many other activities on offer, such as golf, cycling, sailing, scuba diving, game fishing, karting, sea kayaking, bowls, crazy golf and pony trekking.
The state of the art National Sports Centre is arguably one of the best leisure centres in the UK and caters for everything from five-a-side football to indoor bowls and has six squash courts.
The pool complex has several pools including two excellent flumes, water features and childrens pools.
There is entertainment for all ages at the superb new Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre complex on Douglas Promenade which every year lures top performers, shows and entertainment to the Douglas stage.
Other Douglas entertainment spots include Breeze Nightclub and Tenpin Bowling Centre, Colours Bar, the Hilton Casino and many more.
Throughout the year there are many concerts, bands, free family shows and festivals of music and art to sample.
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