The Isle of Man is a small island located in the Irish Sea, midway between the North West coast of England and the North East coast of Northern Ireland. Along with the Channel Island Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey, the Isle of Man is one of three Crown Dependencies, which are not part of the United Kingdom, but owned by, although still self governing on all matters except things like defence and foreign affairs. Overall the island is 221 square miles in area, with a population of around 85000. The British Monarch, in this case Queen Elizabeth II, acts as the islands head of state, and holds the title “Lord of Mann”. Mann is another name for the island, along with “Ellan Vannin” from the Manx language. The Isle of Man is one of the ancient six celtic nations, along with Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall (English County) and the Brittany area of France, each with their own Celtic languages, and Manx is still spoken on the Island today.
Manx Name: Ellan Vannin
Capital and largest city: Douglas, forming one of the parishes on the island.
Parishes: 4 Towns, 5 Villages and 15 Districts.
Official Languages: English and Manx.
Recognised regional languages: N/A
Patron saint and day: Saint Maughold, 25th April.
Click here to see the location of the Isle of Man within the British Isles. You can find out all the places we have been on the Island by looking through the parishes below:
- Port Erin
- Port St Mary