Discover the Isle of Man, a seabound kingdom where the wonders of coastline and countryside, sea and shore, meet within a matter of minutes. It's a place full of colour, contrasts and character, where landscapes are ever-changing and the Manx history is rich. From our base in the pretty seasite capital of Douglas, we'll head to the hills of the island to take in the panoramic views from the Great Laxey Wheel, affectionately known as the Lady Isabella. A brilliant example of Victorian engineering, she is the world's largest working waterwheel, built to pump water from the Laxey Mines. The impressive 72 foot diameter construction remains an outstanding icon of the island's long industrial history.
Douglas**** 4 nights
The 4-star Sefton Hotel is located in Douglas on the beachfront. It boasts a unique indoor water garden and eateries. The rooms at the Sefton feature flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and some rooms have views of Douglas Bay and the water garden. Enjoy a light bite, main meal or dessert in the themed Sir Norman's Bar and enjoy its extensive selection of wines and local ales. A more fine dining experience can be had in the Harbour Lights at The Sefton. The Sefton Hotel also boasts a tranquil pool and a library where guests can relax with a drink or a book. The Atrium Water Garden provides a stunning backdrop to enjoy a drink. The ferry port is a 10-minute walk away.
Mercure Salmesbury Hotel, Preston**** - 1
This hotel is our overnight hotel before catching the ferry from Heysham. The hotel offers guests quality decor. All bedrooms are en-suite with walk in rainfall showers Free
WI-FI, tea and coffee facilities & flat screen TV's.
4 nights dinner, bed & full Manx breakfast
1 night dinner, bed & full English breakfast at the Hallmark Preston Leyland Hotel
Visit to the Laxey Wheel
Return trip on the Snaefell Mountain Railway
Visit to Peel
Steam train ride from Douglas to Port Erin
Return ferry from Heysham to Douglas
Use of hotel leisure facilities
Coach travel by Tally Ho Coaches
Accompanied by our Tour Manager
£669 per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
Single supplement £96
Thursday 2 September
Travel to our overnight hotel, near Lancaster, with stops on the way. Arriving in time for dinner.D
Friday 3 September
After a full English breakfast we catch the early afternoon ferry from Heysham to Douglas, then on to our hotel in Douglas where you can relax and unpack before dinner.D, FE
Saturday 4 September
We take a trip over to the west coast for a day in the resort of Peel with its flat sandy beach and absorbing attractions. Sitting at the mouth of the harbour is impressive Peel Castle, which was built in 1392 and where mystery and suspense prevail as you discover its hidden secrets including the legendary "Moddey Dhoo" (black dog). The House of Manannan is a substantial museum that leads the visitor through the island's history with some fascinating Celtic and Viking exhibits, including a replica long boat that was sailed over from Norway to celebrate the Tynwald Parliament's millennium. If you're feeling peckish try some traditional Manx cuisine at Moore's Smoked Kipper Factory, an island favourite. We take the short journey south to Niarbyl to enjoy panoramic views at one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline on the island. Return to Douglas via Tynwald Hill, home of the Manx Parliament which was established by the Vikings 1000 years ago and where the islanders gather to celebrate every 5th July.D, FE
Sunday 5 September
After breakfast we catch the Snaefell Mountain Railway the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles which climbs 2,036ft from Laxey to the summit of Snaefell Mountain. The 4 miles of line, with gradients of 1 in 12, was constructed within seven months, and opened on 21 August 1895. At the summit enjoy the magnificent view of the seven kingdoms - Mann, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the sea and heaven! You will have free time in Laxey before a visit to the Great Laxey Wheel & Mines Trail known affectionately as the "Lady Isabella". Named after the wife of the Governor and a credit to Victorian engineering, it is the world's largest working water wheel and an outstanding icon of the island's long history of mining. The Mines Trail includes displays of the once thriving mining complex, a short walk through the Glen Moar Valley and the chance to enter a section of the mine. Return to Douglas for dinner.D, FE
Monday 6 September
Begin today with a classic journey aboard the Isle of Man Steam Railway from the capital Douglas to the seaside resort of Port Erin. Enjoy free time in Port Erin, virtually a landlocked bay protected by steep hills and perpendicular cliffs, making it a pleasure to stroll along the glorious sandy beach. Visit the Calf of Mann, a wildlife sanctuary and nature reserve, where you may spot seals basking in the sunshine and colonies of nesting seabirds whilst enjoying refreshment at the excellent café. Head back to Douglas via Castletown, once the ancient capital of Mann. It still retains much of its former splendour with Castle Rushen, an ancient fortress, dominating the town and harbour. Remember to greet the little people "good day" as you cross the Fairy Bridge.D, FE
Tuesday 7 September
After a full Manx breakfast we catch the 08.00 ferry from Douglas, arriving 10.00 and return home to Devon.FE
D=Dinner, FE=Full English Breakfast
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Brixham|| Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church |
|Buckfastleigh|| Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd |
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
|Dartmouth|| Dartmouth Marks & Spencer |
|Exeter|| Exeter Motorway Services |
|Ivybridge|| Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage |
|Kingsbridge Quay|| Kingsbridge Quay |
|Newton Abbot|| Newton Abbot opp Railway Station |
|Others|| Other pick up points are available |
|Paignton|| Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library |
|Plymouth 1|| Plymouth Derry's Cross |
|Plymouth 2|| Plymouth George P & R |
|Plympton|| Plympton St Marys opp Church |
|Plymstock|| Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel |
|Torquay|| Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre |
|Totnes 7 Stars 2|| Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons |
|Totnes KEVICC|| Totnes KEVICC |
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