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Locations

The Isle of Man is in the centre of the Irish Sea and occupies some 227 square miles. The majority of the Island is rural with a central hill range, the largest peak being Snaefell mountain. During the 19th Century the Industrial Revolution brought an affluence to the English working class which allowed them to travel to growing seaside resorts. The Isle of Man benefited from this influx of seasonal visitors and the local towns of Douglas, Ramsey and Port Erin developed with large hotels and guest houses. Douglas in particular had a deep water harbour which could accommodate steamers. The tourist trade continue through the 20th century and in the 1950's the Manx Steam Packet Co. brought up to 500,000 tourists a year to the Island. Growing trade brought better roads, communications and facilities.

In the north of the Island, Ramsey with its Harbour and Victorian pier had developed into a popular resort with the Mooragh Park being built to provide leisure amenities. Ramsey is the Island's major town to the North East. Beyond the town are quiet country villages dotted over the flat farming plains and culminating in the Island's most northerly tip, the Point of Ayre marked by a lighthouse. This is an unspoilt area of the Island, popular with new residents seeking a quiet village lifestyle.

Further down the East coast is Laxey which in the 19th century had working mines producing lead and silver. Set in a deep valley, this is a picturesque location with a small harbour and beach. The historic Laxey Wheel is a reminder of Laxey's industrial past and a popular visitor's attraction located up the valley. Proceeding down the coast is Baldrine village a pretty residential village with walks down to the Beach.

Closer to Douglas and a short distance from Baldrine is the large village of Onchan which was largely built and developed from 1900 onwards. With its own parks and facilities, Onchan is a satellite to Douglas as a place of work.

Douglas is the Capital of the Island with a good shopping centre and the main high street banks. The majority of the Island's population live and work in and around Douglas with its excellent facilities. The Island's main sea links are through Douglas which also accommodates the National Sports Centre. There are good bus and taxi services around the town and numerous schools. Douglas Promenade has a magnificent Victorian facade and wide pedestrian walkway overlooking the sandy beach. Horse drawn trams run the length of the promenade during the summer season. New apartment blocks are now replacing some of the older properties along the front.

Continuing along the East Coast to the South of the Island is the ancient capital of Castletown dominated by one of the finest Medieval Castles in the United Kingdom. Castle Rushen is open to visitors and provides views of the harbour and surrounding area. Mainly residential, Castletown has an historic town square with a small selection of shops in the adjacent side streets. Castletown has a long sandy beach leading to Langness point with its 18 hole golf course and the coastal hamlet of Derbyhaven. Nearby Ballasalla is home to Ronaldsway Airport, providing daily flights to the main UK cities.

Further south is Port St. Mary once a busy fishing village. This is the last major village on the East Coast before the southern tip of the Island. Port St Mary is a predominately Victorian built village with a large open harbour. This area is popular with local and visiting yachtsmen. Several miles away to the West is a deep bay overlooked by the village of Port Erin. The bay shelters an excellent sandy beach with promenade. Bradda Head is popular with walkers and rises above the town with its mainly Victorian sea front property. There is an 18 hole golf course behind Port Erin which has modern housing estates on the outskirts built in the 1960's through to the 1990's. A Victorian steam railway runs between Douglas and Port Erin throughout the summer season.

Proceeding up the West Coast the next major town is Peel, home of the Island's fishing industry and the famous Manx Kipper. The harbour area is currently undergoing improvements with a new Marina adjacent to the town's pleasant sandy beach. The harbour is overlooked by the medieval Peel Castle linked by Causeway. The harbour is also home to the Mannanan Centre a modern interactive museum and Manx National Heritage Centre. Visitors can also enjoy walking around the narrow streets of Peel with their quaint shops and cottages.

St Johns village is at the centre of the Island and is the historic home of the Island's parliament with its Viking origins some 1000 years old. Each July on Tynwald Day the Island's representatives meet on Tynwald Hill to read out new laws and legislation. Locals enjoy a day out and Tynwald Fair on the adjacent field. The main business of Government takes place in Douglas on a day to day basis.

The Island offers a wide range of attractive locations linked by a good road system. The foregoing is a brief resume of the main areas of population and the choice available. Once you have decided on an area of interest to you, consult our web site for properties available, or call in at our Nelson Street offices here in Douglas.