Sitting in between the Lake District, Snowdonia, Scotland and Ireland, the Isle of Man is the jewel of the Irish Sea. It has a population of approximately 85,000 and measures 33 miles long by 13 miles wide, encompasses an area of 227 square miles and boasts more than 100 miles of coastline.
The Island enjoys a temperate climate and contains a spectacular variety of land and seascapes, from sweeping sandy beaches to towering cliffs, magical glens to wildly beautiful uplands. It’s been described as “the British Isles in miniature” and because of its compact size you are never more than a few miles from either the sea or open countryside. The Island was awarded UNESCO World Biosphere status, the only entire jurisdiction in the world to be awarded this prestigious title, in March 2016.
As a British Crown Dependency, the Isle of Man is self-governing. The Parliament of Tynwald dates back more than 1,000 years, making it the oldest continuous parliament in the world. With a robust and diversified economy, the Island is a vibrant international business centre encompassing sectors as diverse as banking and finance, insurance, ebusiness, aviation and shipping.
The Island prides itself on being family-friendly and has a highly-regarded health service and an excellent education system. Whilst the pace of life is slower than in most UK cities, you certainly won’t be getting bored! The Island’s varied landscape provides the perfect environment for a range of leisure pursuits from cycling to kite surfing and golf to sailing. There are also numerous sports clubs (including rugby, football, cricket and hockey clubs) with regular competitive fixtures around the Island and beyond.
Together with the Isle of Man’s proud and colourful Celtic culture, buoyant economy, healthy lifestyle and high standards of living, it is a unique and remarkable place to live.