Off the Northwest coast of England, in the Irish Sea you'll find the Isle of Man. This cosy, dog-friendly island has an area of only 221 square miles - but its petite size is no indication of the wonders that it holds for the visitor. Getting to the Isle is simple, with comfortable and spacious ferries that depart the English ports of Heysham and Liverpool. Alternatively there are flights from the bigger U.K. cities.
The entire island is part of the UNESCO world network of Biosphere Reserves. The 18 mountain and coastal National Glens will delight nature lovers. From the waterfalls and fascinating plant life in Ballaglass or Glen Maye to the coastal glens that overlook sandy beaches there is something for everyone.
Both glens and the coastal areas of the Isle of Man have plenty of choice when it comes to self-catering cottage accommodation. The Isle itself is dog-friendly and the choices of Isle of Man holiday cottages reflect this. Whether you're looking for a charming and cosy fisherman's croft or a more luxurious option for larger groups the four legged members of the party will be welcomed by the Manx people.
Those visiting the Isle of Man will want to spend some time in the quaint town of Douglas. this postcard pretty town is located on the edge of a scenic bay where the River Douglas reaches the Irish Sea. For those wishing to learn more about 10,000 years of island history a visit to the Manx Museum is highly recommended. A visit to the 'Tower of Refuge' which was built to provide safe haven for shipwrecked sailors is also highly informative. Taking the Douglas Bay Horse Tram along the two-mile promenade provides a relaxed experience along with some wonderful views.
In and around Douglas there are some fabulous self catering cottages to rent. These provide the perfect base to explore the island - and to visit some of the excellent restaurants in the town. There are many that are dog-friendly. The accommodation options range from the cosy to the ultra-luxurious. There is a cottage for everyone, regardless of budget or the size of the party.