The history of The Isle of Man is a long one, dating back to pre 6500 BC. A strong Gaelic influence began around the 5th century with later influences from Norse settlers. The combined cultures merged and later the Isle of Man was to become part of Scotland, then under the English Crown, but always retained its autonomy as a self governed entity, as it is today.
One of the wonderful features of the Isle of Man is its beautiful gardens. When arriving by sea, visitors are greeted by sunken gardens bordering the promenades of Douglas, and those arriving by air will discover a lush gardenscape as they exit the airport.
The culture on the Isle of Man is Celtic and as such, is steeped in the tradition of its native heritage, art and culture. Many local events can be found showcasing the art, music and literature of the area.
For the history enthusiast, a visit to the numerous medieval castles, forts and churches, ancient burial grounds and Viking crosses might be the order of the day.
A favorite tourist stop is Castle Rushen, located in the former capital, Castletown. It is completely restored and part of a tour designed to allow visitors to walk through history. Another historical favorite is Peel Castle, completely constructed of sandstone. The fabulous view of Peel harbor from high on the cliffs of the castle grounds is truly breathtaking.
One of the favorite local pastimes is motoring sports. In May and June the TT Races are held, a world renowned motorcycle race over mountain roads. It is truly an exciting exhibition. Many motoring events are held throughout the year.
What ever type of activities you enjoy during your stay, the Isle of Man awaits you!