‘Failt Erriu’ meaning welcome in Manx Gaelic. Nestled between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the middle of the Irish Sea is where you’ll find the Isle of Man. The Island, which is 32 miles by 14 miles and is home to about 84,000 people, has been voted the safest place to live in the British Isles. It is a self-governing British Crown Dependency and as the only entire nation in the world to be recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere. On your visit, you will experience an abundance of unspoilt beauty, an ancient 10,000 year history, a vibrant culture and a beautiful rugged coastline, with some of the best walking routes, coastal adventures and cycling roads and tracks in the British Isles.
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The Isle of Man has great air links with many major airports in the UK and Ireland. Most airlines operate daily flights to the Island, with some flights from the North West taking just under 30 minutes. Once you have arrived on the Island, King William’s College is just a two-minute taxi ride or a 10 minute walk from the airport. You can also access the Island via ferry or fastcraft crossing all operated by Isle of Man Steam Packet. Please check the Steam Packet’s website for timetables, fares and ways to book.
Castletown is where you will find King William’s College and The Buchan School. The ancient capital of Mann until 1869 is made up of small winding streets, picturesque fishing cottages along the harbour and is home to Castle Rushen, one of the best preserved medieval castles in the world.
There are various cafes and restaurants, shops, parks and a beach and is only a 10 minute walk from the grounds of King William’s College.
Picturesque Port Erin Beach is situated in the southwest of the Island. The beach sits in a sheltered bay bordered by the tall cliffs of Bradda Head to the north. Its soft golden-white sand means Port Erin Beach is a firm family favourite and popular for watersports. The west facing beach has stunning sunsets and views to the Irish coast & the Mountains of Mourne in the distance. Looking up from the beach to the top of Bradda Head you can see the key-shaped Milner’s Tower, built in 1871 in memory of local philanthropist and locksmith William Milner.
Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man and situated on the east side of the island. Here you will find the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, where you will arrive to if travelled by ferry. The City of Douglas has many bars, restaurants, the Gaiety Theatre and the Villa Marina for entertainment, shops, local amenities and parks.
Peel, often referred as “sunset city, is on the west of the island and is the island’s main fishing port. Boasting some of the best seafood on the island, museums and family friendly beaches, you can also visit one of Europe’s best preserved Medieval castles. Find out how the Kings and Lords of Mann lived or follow in the footsteps of Christian missionaries and Viking warriors at Peel Castle.
Groudle Glen lies 2 miles north of Douglas on the coast road to Laxey. The island boasts over 18 mountain and coastal glens. Their semi-natural state and unrivalled beauty has been preserved and makes them some of the beautiful walks in the British Isles.
‘The Drinking Dragon’ is an astonishing rock formation situated at the southeast corner of the Calf of Man. Known also as ‘the Burroo’, which is Manx for ‘the Berg’, this spectacular formation resembles a dragon drinking from the sea and is a must see when you take a boat trip our to the Calf of Man.
Laxey or in Manx ‘Laksaa’, is situated on the east coast 8 miles north of Douglas. Its name derives from the Old Norse ‘Laxa’ meaning ‘Salmon’. Laxey is home to the The Lady Isabella, the largest water wheel in the world and it served the mine for 70 years and became the Island’s most dramatic tourist attraction. This feat of Victorian engineering and ingenuity is the largest surviving waterwheel of its kind in the world.
The Raad ny Foillan, Manx Gaelic for ‘Way of the Gull’, is a coastal footpath that covers the entire island. At almost 100 miles in length, it showcases some of the most beautiful spots on the island. Explore some of the best coastal walking in the British Isles on cliff footpaths, quiet sandy beaches, wooded glens and farmland as you travel through a whole variety of landscapes.
Ramsey is the main town in the north of the island. It boasts an extensive sandy beach, a high street known for its small independent boutiques and novelty gift shops, Mooragh Park and is one of the top places for watching the IOM TT races.
A trip to Tynwald Hill, one of the Island’s most distinctive landmarks, will provide insight into the Island’s strong identity. As a signal of the Isle of Man’s independence as a self-governing crown dependency, the four-tired hill is thought to be made with soil from all of the Island’s 17 ancient parishes.
If you appreciate magnificent architecture, the Gaiety Theatre is a prestigious venue located in central Douglas. Built in 1899, the theatre is steeped in history and tradition and is one of the finest examples of work from architect, Frank Matcham.
The Isle of Man holds a 10,000 year story and is portrayed throughout the Island in a landscape rich in ancient monuments, medieval castles, landmarks, museums and vintage railways.
The Isle of Man has a unique and varied heritage which is as evident today as it was many thousands of years ago. It’s possible to see the majority of the Island by travelling on the impressive network of heritage railways powered by steam, electricity and even horsepower. Many of the heritage attractions are located close to the railway stops making it an easy and mesmerising way to indulge in the Isle of Man’s colourful history.
Unleash your adventurous side as you explore the extraordinary outdoor natural playground and awe-inspiring landscapes that contribute to the Island’s UNESCO Biosphere status. The Island’s stunning and expansive coastline provides some of the best watersports in the Irish Sea. For a unique perspective of the Island, you can’t beat kayaking, paddleboarding, diving or coasteering, and with 100 miles of coastline at your disposal, there’s plenty to explore.
For thrill-seeking adventures on land, discover an Island made to discover by foot or on wheels. Coastal paths and country lanes to upland trails and racing tracks, the Island has a wealth of terrains to appeal to kids, novices and experts alike. The landscapes and varied terrain are covered in a rich tapestry of flora and fauna, offering nature lovers an unforgettable experience!
The Island’s has a variety of island wide eateries, offering the highest quality food and drink using only the best, local ingredients. From handpicked vegetables at local farms to home reared Loaghtan lamb and freshly caught queenies, our produce is key to creating traditional mouth-watering dishes.
Whether you are looking to explore one the 18 glens on the Island or simply observe the abundance of marine life and birds that make the Island their home; the Isle of Man’s changing landscapes makes it a unique and beautiful place to visit and live. You may be lucky enough to glimpse the myriad of marine creatures that call the Island their home, including basking sharks, bottlenose dolphins, minke whales and grey seals.
Amid all the adventure on offer in the Isle of Man, it’s also an Island of relaxation and escapism, where wellness is a way of life. Home to over 24 beaches with plenty of quality sea swimming options, 18 glens, 26 dark sky sites and numerous retreats and events throughout the year, the Isle of Man is ideally placed to help you feed your soul and sooth your mind.
With unique heritage sites, ancient monuments, beautiful countryside and wonderful wildlife, the Isle of Man is home to many mesmerising attractions suitable for big or small groups of people. Renowned for its strong identity and colourful history, the Isle of Man has many quirky, yet fascinating, heritage attractions to explore. Home to the world’s largest working waterwheel, a working crofting community and a magnificent medieval fortress, the Isle of Man is certainly not short of things to see and do.
The Isle of Man’s thrilling roads and diverse scenery has been the stage for a number of sporting events that have wowed competitors and spectators for over a hundred years.
Renowned for the famous Isle of Man TT Races on a challenging 37 and ¾ mile Mountain Course, the Island hosts thousands of visitors from around the world who visit each year to experience the world-class exhilarating road race that’s put the Isle of Man on the map.
Equally hair-raising with mass-starts and broken records is the Southern 100 or the August Manx Grand Prix, where you’ll catch a glimpse of the TT stars of tomorrow.
Arriving at King William’s College: Take the long driveway toward the main school building and you will find the entrance to the main school reception on the sea/chapel side of the main building. There are visitors car parking spaces available outside the reception. You will be met by a member of school staff and asked to sign in when you arrive before receiving visitors badge.
Ronaldsway taxi Services – 07624 476752
Elegance Taxi Service – 01624 672672
A1 taxi – 01624 663344
If you require hotel accommodation during your visit. You may like to look at the following options.
The George Hotel
https://www.thegeorge.im – 01624 822533
A small local pub that offers eleven en-suite bedrooms in the centre of Castletown Square close by to the school. Available on a bed & breakfast basis, all the rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, Freeview TV and tea & coffee making facilities. Food is available in the restaurant downstairs.
The Halvard Hotel
https://halvard.co.uk – tel:01624844040
Located in the city of Douglas, the Halvard Hotel is 25 minutes taxi ride from the airport with a seafront location and is walking distance to the town’s shops, restaurants and theatre. It’s only a short stroll across the road to the Villa Marina and the historic Gaiety Theatre.
The Comis Hotel and Golf Resort
https://www.comishotel.com – 01624 661111
15 minutes taxi ride from the airport/school, the Comis is a privately owned resort set in 250 acres with 108 bedrooms, suites and apartments. Facilities include a luxury spa, heated indoor pool, gymnasium, Champagne Bar, two restaurants, championship golf course and driving range.