Isle of Man coach holidays
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Marooned between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the Irish Sea roughly 60 miles west of Lancashire lies the pint-sized Isle of Man, some 32 miles long by 15 miles wide. Its small size hasn't intimidated it into following the rest of Britain however: This unique self-governing kingdom has its own parliament, own postage stamps, own Manx language and own currency (although the English pound is widely accepted). Even Queen Elizabeth II isn't called the Queen here, but holds the more modest title of 'Lord of Mann'.
Since almost half the island is uninhabited, Isle of Man coach holidays are ideal for enjoying the wound-down pace, fresh air, enchanting glens and mountains. The space proves great for rambling, cycling and other outdoor pursuits and its pleasantly surprising scenery, beaches and medieval castles are ripe for exploration.
The island's old-fashioned Victorian transport is still in use with steam, electric and mountain railways to choose from as well as a horse tram. Douglas is the island's capital and is the perfect place to daydream away an afternoon on a coach tour. Ramsey, Castletown, Cregneash, Peel, St John's, the Calf of Man (the island's most southern point) and a journey on the Snaefell Mountain Railway affording views of all four UK countries are usual excursions.
Coach holidays to the Isle of Man are typically coach and ferry crossing, although some touring holidays include flights.
Tips & Advice
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in the Isle of Man, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting the England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
Things to do
It may only be small but the Isle of Man still has a lot to see and do whilst staying here. Some of our favourites include:
Make sure this is one of your first places to visit as it provides a wealth of information on the island's history and heritage. Discover the interactive displays, films and exhibitions and also find out about the best way to explore some of the Island's important landmarks.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to trying to choose which rail journey to take. There is the Snaefell Mountain Railway, a steam railway, an electric railway, or Douglas horse trams just to name a few!
Castle Rushen is a magnificently preserved castle with great views over the town of Castleton. If you're interested in historical buildings and history then this should be a must-see on your visit. Not only do you have the views from the room but inside the Castle there are interesting displays as well as some realistic looking inhabitants!
If you want to escape from the bustle of everyday life and find a peaceful retreat then go to one of the 18 scenic glens which can be found scattered around the Isle of Man. Each glen has different characteristics but generally you will find waterfalls, rock pools and often a route to the coast.