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Imagine a place which is far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, yet is so close to home. A place with breathtaking scenery and a relaxed and undemanding pace of life, where you're guaranteed a warm welcome, friendly service and the very best of hospitality. Imagine the Isle of Man.

This unique self governing kingdom is situated in the heart of the Irish Sea and can now be easily reached in under an hour from Bristol. Stunningly beautiful with a wide variety of wildlife, scenery and things to do, the Isle of Man is a haven for visitors who want to experience the outdoors and those looking for a relaxing break amid the Island's tranquil shores.

Embrace the Isle of Man's stunning and varied landscapes on foot and journey on one of the many countryside paths. You can simply amble where the sea breeze guides you or take one of a number of designated walking trails through lush valleys, undulating hills, sandy beaches and wooded glens.

The mild climate ensures that the countryside is rarely out of bounds for those wanting to discover the Island's unspoilt natural beauty.

The Isle of Man has a unique and varied heritage which is as evident today as it was thousands of years ago. Retrace the Island's history by taking the Story of Mann trail and visiting some of the most iconic heritage sites.

There is also the opportunity to travel on the Victorian railway network which offers you an unforgettable journey around some of the most beautiful and historic places on the Island. …