Cheap flights to Isle of Man
Sleepy Victorian villages, stunning rugged coastline and even the odd steam train or two; the Isle of Man is a slice of Britain from days gone by. Famous for its offshore bank accounts as for anything else, the Isle of Man is a surprisingly unspoilt gem of an island in the middle of the Irish Sea. At 365 square kilometres, this place is a microcosm of all things British. Well set foot on this island and you’ll come across swathes of leafy valleys, rolling green hills, heather covered moorland, and a healthy amount of woodland for starters. And that’s not mentioning the coastline, which is a mix of rugged beauty and picturesque sandy coves.
With its 17 national glens and never-ending network of footpaths let’s just say this is the place to be if you like the great outdoors. Make sure you pack those walking boots, oh, and your 5 iron – did we mention there are nine golf courses here too?
Keep your relationship on track this Valentine's Day with a romantic lunch aboard the island's Victorian steam railway. Enjoy a glass of champagne and three courses as you travel from Douglas to Port Soderick and back. £42 per couple (+1624 697 457, iombusandrail.info).
Bop along to popular male vocal harmony group The Overtones when they bring their brand of pop to the Villa Marina on 5 October in support of local charity Junior Achievement. Tickets cost £27.50 (Harris Promenade, Douglas, IM1 2HJ, tel: 01624 600 555, villagaiety.com).
Tucked away on an industrial estate near the airport, the Original Manx Fudge Factory is worth getting directions for. Watch the fudge and toffee makers at work before choosing between 21 flavours for the journey home. Open weekdays 9am-5pm in winter (6 Harmat Court, Balthane Industrial Estate, Ballasalla, IM9 2AU, +7624 244 201, manxfudgefactory.com).
Get away from it all by packing your binoculars and booking an overnight stay on the Calf of Man. An islet lying off the southwestern tip of the Isle of Man, this bird observatory provides basic seasonal hostel accommodation for up to eight people. manxnationalheritage.im