The Isle of Man (in Manx: Ellan Vannin) is a picturesque island in the British Isles, located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. It is a British Crown dependency and therefore not part of the United Kingdom itself; the UK is responsible for defence and foreign affairs.
The island has its own government, headed by a Chief Minister, and has a parliament called the “Tynwald”. This consists of the democratically elected House of Keys and the nominated Legislative Council. The Isle of Man is not a full member of the European Union, but is an associate member.
- 1 Douglas (Doolish) – the capital and largest town on the island.
- 1 Castletown (Balley Chashtal) – a fine castle and the Old House of Keys.
- 1 Peel (Purt ny h-Inshey) – an impressive castle, cathedral and nice museums.
- 1 Ramsey (Rhumsaa) – beach and harbour for yachts.