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The Magical Isle of Man............from £669pp

The Magical Isle of Man............from £669pp

Thursday 24th to Tuesday 29th September 2020 - Explore this captivating sea-bound kingdom, discover extraordinary stories of giants, fairies and cats with no tails - legends are Manx made...

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From the top of Snaefell on the Isle of Man it is said that you can see seven Kingdoms:- Man, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the sea and heaven!  We take you to explore the sandy beaches of Peel, the very top of the island on the Snaefell mountain railway, a visit to see the Great Laxey Wheel, fondly known as the Lady Isabella, and a trip on the Victorian steam train to pretty Port Erin. Explore this captivating sea-bound kingdom and discover extraordinary stories of giants, fairies and cats with no tails - a place where legends are Manx made...


Sefton Hotel, 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.


Hallmark Preston Leyland Hotel****

Overnight hotel on the way to the Isle of Man


Holiday includes:

· 5 nights dinner bed & Manx breakfast

· 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast at Hallmark Preston Leyland Hotel

· Laxey Wheel

· Snaefell Mountain railway

· Morning trip to Peel

· Steam train Douglas to Port Erin

· Return ferry Heysham to Douglas

· Travel by Tally Ho! Pullman coach

· Accompanied by our tour manager


* Price per person based on two sharing twin / double room. Single supplement £91


Thursday 24 Sept

Travel to our overnight hotel, near Lancaster, with stops on the way. Arriving in time for dinner.


Friday 25 Sept

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.


Saturday 26 Sept

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.


Sunday 27 Sept

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.


Monday 28 Sept

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.


Tuesday 29 Sept

After a full Manx breakfast we catch the 08.00 ferry from Douglas, arriving 10.00 and return home to Devon.


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.

Name Address Contact Details
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
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
Wembury Wembury Odd Wheel Pub
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