The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is known to its people as ‘the jewel of the Irish Sea’ – and with good reason. Although just 32 miles long and 13 miles wide the Island has a beautiful landscape that varies from rolling green hills to rugged coastline, leafy glens to long white beaches. With a population of around 80,000 there are still plenty of quiet open spaces to be found. Despite this peaceful appearance however, the Isle of Man is home to one of the world’s most successful offshore financial centres. The Island is ruled by the British monarch but self-governing and is proud to be independent in both legislation and currency. Residents born on the Island are called Manx and the native Manx language is enjoying a strong revival. Islanders have a strong cultural identity with a passion for music and dance and a thriving arts scene. Quality of life is highly valued on the Isle of Man, as reflected in the old Manx saying ‘traa dy liooar’ – or ‘time enough’….