Our Island

Failt Erriu

‘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.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Getting to the Isle of Man

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.

Our Island, your adventure

To find out more about what the Isle of Man offers, download these interesting guides to help plan your visit from Visit Isle of Man.

Culture & Heritage

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.

Sport & Adventure

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!

Food & drink

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.

Nature & Wildlife

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.

Your visit to School

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.

Arrival at the Isle of Man airport

Ronaldsway taxi Services – 07624 476752

Elegance Taxi Service – 01624 672672

A1 taxi – 01624 663344

Where to stay

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.


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