Isle of Man
People have lived on the Isle of Man for thousands of years. During the 9th Century the Vikings conquered the island and set out the laws of the land upon Tynwald Hill. Today, Tynwald is the oldest continuous parliament on the planet.
Many magnificent architectural monuments are a testament to the island’s unique past. Peel Castle was built in the 11th Century by the Vikings, under the rule of King Magnus Barefoot. The Castle has been proposed as the possible location of Avalon, the legendary island where the sword Excalibur was forged in the Arthurian Legend.
Castle Rushen is one of finest examples of medieval castles in the British Isles. In 1313 the King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce, invaded the Isle of Man via Ramsey and captured the island within five days after snatching Castle Rushen from Dungal MacDouall.
Throughout its history, the island has been invaded and conquered by various marauding hordes of Nordic, Gaelic or English descent. But despite this, the island has maintained its own distinctive language known as Manx, a branch of the Gaelic languages.
Today, the Isle of Man boasts an unspoilt natural environment and supports a very high standard of living and quality of life. It enjoys a flourishing economy which is in part due to the low level of unemployment and to the positive strategies of the Isle of Man Government to promote and support businesses.
With an attractive tax system the Island is a base for many businesses and home to many wealthy residents. This wealth feeds back into the island economy and benefits the many local businesses.