About the Isle of Man

Measuring 33 miles long by 13 miles wide, the Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea between mainland Britain and Ireland and has a population of approximately 80,000 spread over some 227 square miles.

The nearest UK mainland point to the Island is Burrow Head, Galloway, 16 miles north of the Point of Ayre, and the nearest point to the English mainland is St Bee's Head, Cumbria, which is 34 miles north east from Ramsey. Snaefell is the highest of the Island's 10 peaks, at 2,036 feet.

Constitutionally, the Island is an internally self-governing dependent territory of the Crown which is not part of the United Kingdom, but is a part of the British Isles. The Island's 1,000 year old Parliament, Tynwald, is the oldest Parliament in the world in continuous existence, and makes its own laws and oversees the internal administration of the Island.

The Island's heritage, diverse scenery and temperate climate help contribute to a high quality of life, enhanced by numerous annual sporting events - for example the TT Races.

The Isle of Man is internationally recognised as a well-regulated offshore environment. The Island's financial sector is regulated by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority, and deposits made with the Isle of Man branch of Santander UK plc in the Isle of Man are also covered by the Isle of Man Depositors' Compensation Scheme.