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Places to Visit

The places of the Isle of Man

There is always something to be seen on the Isle of Man.  With a total area of 221 square miles, the Isle of Man has 17 parishes which contain 9 main towns or villages, 100 miles of coast with 4 separate islands and many glens, hills, plantations, rivers and, with a peak of 2,036ft, one mountain, Snaefell.

If your interest is in ancient or modern day architectural structures the Island doesn't disappoint.  Whether it be the great working water wheel presiding over the Laxey valley or the beautifully restored Gaiety Theatre and Opera House in its prime position on Douglas promenade.

The Island has an established forestry estate of some 6,800 acres and in 1986 a programme to increase the acreage significantly was initiated, which has accounted for 1,800 acres of this total. Commercial forestry is directed towards softwood production, which is processed at the St Johns sawmill, where market demand is very strong for fencing and other sawn timber.

The Manx National Glens and other amenity areas, such as the Tynwald National Park, are maintained as public facilities by the Department of Environment, Food and Agricuture, which also recognises the landscape and public recreation value of many of its plantations. The Department encourages other landowners to plant trees by means of its Amenity Tree Planting and Small Woods Scheme whereby trees are planted under subsidised terms at sites of public amenity value.

Many of the Island's hills and uplands are owned by the Department - some 18,000 acres. These are let for sheep grazing and game shooting but they are open to public rambling.