What you should know before hiring a car in Isle Of Man
|Isle Of Man city centre
|Ronaldsway Airport (IOM): 11 mi from city centre
Car hires in Isle of Man: practical information
Where to rent a car in Isle of Man
The Irish Sea is all yours from the Isle of Man, located halfway between Great Britain and Ireland. Grab your flights to Douglas and let the adventure begin! There are four main cities on the Isle of Man and the best way to make your way to all of them is with economy car rentals in Isle of Man. You can rent a car in Isle of Man from a number of places, including the airport and the Douglas Sea Terminal. You are more likely to find local car hire companies than international ones here.
At the Isle of Man Airport there are three car rental companies. Athol Car Hire has office not only at the airport but also in Douglas. Isle of Man Rent A Car is an agent for Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty with offices at the airport only. Mylchreests Car Rental is an agent for Avis with an office at the airport only. Before you book your tickets from London to the Isle of Man, compare the prices, not just of flights but of car hire deals in Isle of Man as well to get the best deals for your trip.
Driving in Isle of Man: parking and other tips
You won't have too much trouble finding parking spots on the Isle of Man, especially in small towns. In Douglas and the other larger cities on the island, watch out for "resident only" parking or parking zones designated for those with a special parking disc. Otherwise you can easily park on the street or in a car park. Along the coast, keep your eyes out for lay-bys big enough for parking. It's also possible to park at your hotel in Isle of Man, most of which are in Douglas. Station yourself here during your trip. There is parking available along the Douglas Promenade where most of the hotels are located.
Driving is very similar here to at home in the UK. Cars drive on the left-hand side of the road. There are no speed limits outside of city centres, so you don't have to stop at 65 miles per hour if you don't want to. That being said, may roads have brick walls on either side of them on country roads which can make driving tricky so it's best to drive as you would at home.
Road trips from Isle of Man: what to do, what to see
Castletown is near the airport and is a great town to explore. It is about 10 miles from Douglas, 25 minutes drive away. Like the name alludes, there is a beautifully restored castle in town called Rushen Castle. As well there are lots of small cafes and pubs in the town centre. Today the town is still as classically British as it has ever been. Watch the fishing boats come into the harbour the same way they've done for centuries.
14 miles from Douglas on the western coast is Port Erin. It quickly turned from a quiet fishing village to a popular place for families to spend their holidays in Isle of Man. With a local population below 4,000, this is a far cry from the city living you're probably used to. If you're looking for a good place to unwind, Port Erin is it. From here it's worth visiting the traditional Manx village of Cregneash.
If you're heading to Port Erin, grab a ferry to The Calf, a small island just off the southern coast of Isle of Man. There are day trips leaving in the mornings from Port Erin to this lush island known for its bird watching. Amenities are few here so it's recommended to bring your own food. Don't forget a pair of binoculars as well!