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?
A handy one-stop shop for local handicrafts, Mostly Manx is an artisan co-operative stocking everything from chocolate to ceramics, jewellery to candles. Time your visit carefully: it is only open on weekdays (25 Nelson Street, Douglas, IM1 2AN, tel: 01624 674 548, mostlymanx.com).
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).
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