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Legend has it that the Isle of Man was created when the Irish giant Finn MacCooill threw a chunk of earth from Ireland's coastline towards Scotland, when in battle, which promptly landed in the Irish Sea and became the Isle of Man.
Of course we can't be sure of the truth in this tale but for an Island of such modest size, measuring just 33 miles in length and 13 miles in width, you'll find the Isle of Man really is larger than life!
The Isle of Man occupies a central position in the Irish Sea and the British Isles - right between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Due to the influence of the sea the Island's climate is temperate, making it an ideal year round visitor destination.
Despite its size the Isle of Man has a varying landscape. The coastline stretches for 100 miles and across the northern plain you'll find long sandy beaches which contrast markedly with the rocky cliffs and sheltered bays around the rest of the Island.
Snaefell – which is 2,036 feet above sea level – is the Island's only mountain. You'll also spot a number of smaller Islands located off the Island's coast including, the Calf of Man at the southern tip, which is home to a nature reserve and bird observatory, and St Patrick's Isle, on which Peel Castle proudly stands.
Faced with the difficult choice of our daughters remaining at a perfectly good state school in the Isle of Man, we chose to send them to King William’s College to study the International Baccalaureate. The outcome in both cases was a resounding endorsement of our decision, since King William’s College operates and delivers at a different level.Past Parent of two 6th Form Students