If you love scenery, gastronomy, history, and peace and quiet, then this is the island for you to visit on holiday...
The only times you won't get peace and quiet is during the annual TT races and Manx Grand Prix Festival, which take place at the end of May and August respectively. At these times the island is packed with visitors and the roar of motorbike engines stirs the island up from its apparent sleepiness.
You can use your rental car to drive the famous race routes across the island's centre and coastal routes. Pick your car up on arrival at Ronaldsway Airport (IOM) or from a downtown location in the capital of Douglas.
During the rest of the year, the pace of life is somewhat slower. Take time to tour the island and visit deserted beaches, impressive sea cliffs, castles, quaint fishing villages, and plenty of places for spotting wildlife such as birds, seals, and even whale sharks during the summer months.
With many places to visit on your Isle of Man trip, here are some recommendations for making more of your hire car...
In Castletown you will find Castle Rushen. This former Royal Palace is one of the oldest medieval castles still standing. Peel Castle, in the town of Peel, was built on the site of a Viking fort and is now in ruins, with amazing views over the sea.
Manx Museum is found in Douglas and covers everything from the island's National Art Gallery through to Viking history, the story of the TT races and democracy on the island.
Rail buffs will enjoy the steam train in Douglas and the Manx Electric Railway running along the eastern coast.
Laxey Wheel is a water wheel built to pump water when the Laxey Mines were operating on the island. This historic site, designed by Robert Casement, houses the enormous wheel which has stood for more than 150 years and reaches more than 70 feet high.
Ramsey Milntown House and Gardens is well worth visiting for its rich interiors and beautiful horticultural displays.