Nestled between Northern Ireland, Scotland and England in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is renowned for being a picturesque Celtic destination proud of it's independence, it's long history and it's delightful seafood cuisine. Invaded by the Vikings in the eighth century, the island was eventually put under English control in the fourteenth century, though it was decided in the eighteenth century that the Isle would remain a Crown dependent, and not become incorporated into the United Kingdom as its neighbours Ireland, Scotland and Wales did. In the years since, the Isle of Man has strengthened it's stance of independence and has become a popular spot for tourists, investors and those looking for a bit of rural tranquillity. There are many attractions to draw visitors to the island, including a variety of neolithic and Viking era archaeological remains, the medieval Rushen and Peel Castles, the Laxey Wheel (largest waterwheel in the world), the beautiful Rushen Abbey, and the Tynwald Hill upon which the Manx parliament is ceremonially based.
The Isle of Man is serviced by Ronaldsway Airport (Isle of Man International Airport), located several kilometres to the south of the capital, Douglas. At present the airport is undergoing a runway extension scheme which will likely see the island opened up to heavier aircraft, thereby extending the range of airlines that visit the island. Currently British Airways, Fly Be, VLM Airways, Manx2, Blue Islands, Aer Arann and Eastern Airways fly in and out of the airport complex. Car hire facilities within the airport arrivals hall are offered by Hertz, Athol and Mylchreests.