The Isle of Man lies in the Irish Sea, between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, less than 60 miles west of the Lancashire UK coast line. Access to the island is easy thanks to excellent air and sea services.
The Island is a unique self-governing kingdom, a Crown dependency which belongs to neither the UK nor the European Union. The Queen of England is the constitutional Head of State, and the British Government controls the Island's external affairs. It has its own parliament (called Tynwald), laws, traditions, culture, cuisine and postage stamps. Other differences include the Manx language (English is the spoken tongue) and currency (English and UK currencies are accepted everywhere); however, there are similarities, such as driving on the left and road signs in English.The Island of Man is 33 miles long, 13 miles wide, covers an area of 227 square miles and has a population of over 80,000. More than 40% of the island is uninhabited.
The east coast town and port of Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man. The center of much island happenings, it offers an amazing variety of hotels, attractions and visitor facilities such as first-class shopping, banks and car rentals. Douglas is 16 miles from the northern coastal town of Ramsey, 12 miles from Castletown on the south coast, and 11 miles from the west coast port of Peel.