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Isle Of Man Explorer

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9315

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

6 days

UK 2023

PRICE FROM ? £549 per person
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Itinerary

Description

In the heart of the Irish sea, adventure awaits. Take a journey to a land steeped in ancient culture and wild Celtic history. An island off the northwest coast of England, where possibilities for adventure are as endless as the scenery is breath-taking, and the history is as ancient and rugged as its coastline.

We make our base in the capital Douglas, the perfect location for our exploration of some of the best sights on the Isle of Man where we can delve into its rich history. From Viking longboats and famous island landmarks to steam railway journeys with stunning scenic views, impressive medieval castles full of rich culture and history, and vintage Victorian charm on the iconic Manx Electric Railway. There is much to explore on this truly one-of-a-kind break to the Isle of Man.

Coach Itinerary

Day 1

From a morning pick up in your local area we catch the ferry from Heysham to Douglas, then onwards to our hotel.

Day 2 – House of Manannan Museum & Peel

Today we are set for a Viking adventure fit for a legendary sea god, as we head to Peel to visit the House of Manannan, a museum that explores the Island’s vibrant Celtic and Viking past. See various exhibitions and life-sized reconstructions of Viking ships, such as Odin’s Raven, a recreation of a Viking longboat in two-thirds scale and also a life-sized reconstruction of a Celtic house.

Afterwards, we spend time in Peel, the island’s mini fishing port where we can explore this ‘rose red city’, well known for its red sandstone castle and buildings. Later, on the way back to our hotel, we stop at famous landmark, Tynwald Hill for a photo opportunity. The sight marks the Isle of Man’s independence with its distinctive four-tiered hill. The area is also famous for ancient Viking graves, and a temple dedicated to the Norse god Thor, found near the site of St. John’s Church.

Day 3 – Isle of Man Steam Railway & Castle Rushen

We take a trip on the iconic Isle of Man Steam Railway on the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain. We journey to Port Erin andenjoy the stunning countryside views and scenery, all while sitting back and relaxing in the original carriages. We disembark at Port Erin for some free time to explore this picturesque seaside village.

Next, we continue our exploration of the island and head south to Castle Rushden in the historic capital of the Isle of Man, Castletown. Called ‘one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the world,’ the castle dominates Castletown. Originally built for a Norse king, the castle has been a fortress, royal residence, a prison and even execution grounds.

Afterwards, we spend some time in Castletown where we can explore its grey limestone buildings and harbour before making our way back to the hotel.


Day 4 Optional Excursion to Cregnesh, The Sound & Port St. Mary £18pp

For our optional excursion, we start the day with a visit to Cregnesh, a village on an upland plateau which overlooks the Calf of Man, a tiny Island, off the southwest coast of the Isle of Man. Cregnesh was one of the last settlements of the Manx – their native culture has significant Norse, Gaelic, and English influences. Here we can explore the crofting way of life and step inside Manx cottages to see how the crafters lived. You might even catch a sight of a four-horned sheep and traditional farming practices in action.

Next, we make our way five miles south of Castletown to the Sound, at the islands most southern tip. Here we alight for a photo opportunity of the Calf of Man before heading back to Port St Mary where we spend the rest of the day. Spend time watching the busy yacht harbour or taking in the views of the pretty, sandy beach.

Day 5 Manx Electric Tram & Laxey Wheel

Today we discover the joys of the award-winning Manx electric railway with a charming trip along the east coast on the vintage line from Douglas to Ramsey. Prepare yourself for fantastic views at a steady speed and enjoy the excellent service and friendly staff on this once in a lifetime experience. Afterward, we have time for lunch in Ramsey, the island’s second largest town in the north, whose name is derived from the Old Norse, hrams-á,meaning ‘wild garlic river,’ due to the settlements nearby where wild garlic grows in abundance. Don’t miss Ramsey’s beautiful harbour, still in daily use, and be certain to discover the busy shopping street in the main town.

Our last stop takes us to the impressive water-powered wheel – Laxey Wheel, also known as Lady Isabella. Did you know that you’ll also find the Laxey Wheel on the reverse side of £20 notes issued by the Isle of Man Government? Something to look out for!

Day 6

We catch the morning ferry back to Heysham and continue our journey home.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel and ferry crossings
  • 5 nights at the Best Western Palace Hotel, Douglas with dinner & breakfast
  • Excursions to House of Manannan, Peel, Port Erin, Castle Rushden, Castletown,
  • Laxey Wheel & Ramsey
  • Heritage train journeys on Isle of Man Steam Railway & the Manx Electric Railway

    Optional excursion to Cregnesh, The Sound & Port St. Mary (£18pp)

Search Bullets

  • 5 nights at the Best Western Palace Hotel, Douglas with dinner & breakfast
  • Excursions to House of Manannan, Peel, Port Erin, Castle Rushden, Castletown,
  • Laxey Wheel & Ramsey
  • Heritage train journeys on Isle of Man Steam Railway & the Manx Electric Railway

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Itinerary

Day 1

We fly to the Isle of Man and transfer to our hotel in Douglas, the capital of the island.

Day 2 – House of Manannan Museum & Peel

Today we are set for a Viking adventure fit for a legendary sea god, as we head to Peel to visit the House of Manannan, a museum that explores the Island’s vibrant Celtic and Viking past. See various exhibitions and life-sized reconstructions of Viking ships, such as Odin’s Raven, a recreation of a Viking longboat in two-thirds scale and also a life-sized reconstruction of a Celtic house.

Afterwards, we spend time in Peel, the island’s mini fishing port where we can explore this ‘rose red city’, well known for its red sandstone castle and buildings. Later, on the way back to our hotel, we stop at famous landmark, Tynwald Hill for a photo opportunity. The sight marks the Isle of Man’s independence with its distinctive four-tiered hill. The area is also famous for ancient Viking graves, and a temple dedicated to the Norse god Thor, found near the site of St. John’s Church.

 

Day 3 – Isle of Man Steam Railway & Castle Rushen

We take a trip on the iconic Isle of Man Steam Railway on the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain. We journey to Port Erin and can enjoy the stunning countryside views and scenery, all while sitting back and relaxing in the original carriages. We disembark at Port Erin for some free time to enjoy this picturesque seaside village.

Next, we continue our exploration of the island and head south to Castle Rushden in the historic capital of the Isle of Man, Castletown. Called ‘one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the world,’ the castle dominates Castletown. Originally built for a Norse king, the castle has been a fortress, royal residence, a prison and even execution grounds.

Afterwards, we spend some time in Castletown where we can explore its grey limestone buildings and harbour before making our way back to the hotel.


Day 4 Optional Excursion to Cregnesh, The Sound & Port St. Mary £18pp

For our optional excursion, we start the day with a visit to Cregnesh, a village on an upland plateau which overlooks the Calf of Man, a tiny Island, off the southwest coast of the Isle of Man. Cregnesh was one of the last settlements of the Manx – their native culture has significant Norse, Gaelic, and English influences. Here we can explore the crofting way of life and step inside Manx cottages to see how the crafters lived. You might even catch a sight of a four-horned sheep and traditional farming practices in action.

Next, we make our way five miles south of Castletown to the Sound, at the islands most southern tip. Here we alight for a photo opportunity of the Calf of Man before heading back to Port St Mary where we spend the rest of the day. Spend time watching the busy yacht harbour or taking in the views of the pretty, sandy beach.

 

Day 5 Manx Electric Tram & Laxey Wheel

Today we discover the joys of the award-winning Manx electric railway with a charming trip along the East coast on the vintage line from Douglas to Ramsey. Prepare yourself for fantastic views at a steady speed and enjoy the excellent service and friendly staff on this once in a lifetime experience. Afterward, we have time for lunch in Ramsey, the island’s second largest town in the north, whose name is derived from the Old Norse, hrams-á,meaning ‘wild garlic river,’ due to the settlements nearby where wild garlic grows in abundance. Don’t miss Ramsey’s beautiful harbour, still in daily use, and be certain to discover the busy shopping street in the main town.

Our last stop takes us to the impressive water-powered wheel – Laxey Wheel, also known as Lady Isabella. Did you know that you’ll also find the Laxey Wheel on the reverse side of £20 notes issued by the Isle of Man Government? Something to look out for!

Day 6

We transfer to the island’s airport for our return flight home.

Air Bullets

  • Return flights to the Isle of Man
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers on the Isle of Man
  • 5 nights at the Best Western Palace Hotel, Douglas with dinner & breakfast
  • Excursions to House of Manannan, Peel, Port Erin, Castle Rushden, Castletown,
  • Laxey Wheel & Ramsey
  • Heritage train journeys on Isle of Man Steam Railway & the Manx Electric Railway

    Optional excursion to Cregnesh, The Sound & Port St. Mary £18pp
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Accommodation

Best Western Palace Hotel

The Best Western Palace Hotel, offers guests a great location on the Central Promenade and spectacular views across the bay of Douglas. The hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar, casino, pool & spa. All rooms are en-suite, with tea and coffee making facilities and free WiFi in public areas

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