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Isle Of Man In Summer - The Big Manx Adventure

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEI9024

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

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Enjoy a journey of discovery and relaxation on our 5-day coach holiday to the breathtaking Isle of Man. Immerse yourself in the charm of this island gem as you experience some of its fabulous highlights, each promising a unique blend of culture, nature, and heritage.

Situated between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the middle of the Irish Sea, Isle of Man is a Celtic nation and Viking kingdom - and the first entire nation in the world to be recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a proud testament to the richness and scope of the Island’s awe-inspiring nature, its ancient and compelling history, and the vibrancy of its culture.

Small but perfectly formed and steeped in fairytale and folklore, it has a delightful collection of things to see and do including heritage railways and stunning coastal drives and with the island being only 30 miles long, everything is within easy reach. We will explore this ‘Jewel in the Irish Sea’ by coach and rail taking in town, country and coast along the way. Experience two heritage railways with the Snaefell Mountain Railway which climbs to the mountains summit; and the Isle of Man Steam Railway which dates back to 1874 and is the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain that still uses its original locomotives and carriages. We also include visits to the popular coastal town of Peel, known for its historic castle and picturesque harbour, and Douglas, the island's capital, to soak in the seaside ambiance. We also head to Cregneash to visit the unique Village Folk Museum, where traditional costumed guides show us around their delightful cottages at this peaceful, restored 19th century crofting village.

Nestled in the heart of historic Ramsey, the second largest town on the island, the charming Ramsey Park Hotel offers a perfect blend of modern comfort and classic elegance. Situated beside Mooragh Lake, and with views over the sea towards Cumbria, it makes a stunning setting for your stay in one of the island’s most beautiful locations.

This is a fabulous tour taking in some of the very best that this proud island nation has to offer.

An ideal choice for:

* Anyone looking for a chance to explore the best of the Isle of Man at a great price
* Traditional seaside lovers looking for something a little different
* Lovers of picture-perfect settings and scenery

PRICE FROM ? £569 per person
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Itinerary

Day 1

An early start today as you join your comfortable coach at your convenient local pick up point this morning, and head for the port of Heysham with coffee/lunch stops along the way. We take the ferry crossing to the lovely Isle of Man and your adventure begins! On arrival at your lakeside hotel there will be time to settle in and relax or perhaps take a stroll before dinner. Maybe have a drink in the bar before enjoying your first evening meal.

Day 2

Enjoy a traditional Manx breakfast each day to set you up properly for your day ahead! You can of course spend all of your time in and around Ramsey or doing your own thing. Alternatively our INCLUDED excursions offer some of the best experiences the island has to offer.

Embark on a leisurely exploration of Douglas, where free time allows you to soak in the seaside ambiance. Later, revel in a scenic journey aboard the Snaefell Mountain Railway as we wind up the Island’s only Mountain from Laxey to the summit. Marvel at panoramic views as you ascend to the highest point on the island, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Isle of Man. It is said that on a clear day you can see the Seven Kingdoms from Snaefell summit - England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and the kingdoms of heaven and the sea. Enjoy some time at the peak before returning to Laxey where you have free time to explore. Laxey Wheel, the world’s largest working water wheel, can be found just a short walk from the station or you might find a small corner in any of the old miner’s cafes to have a bite to eat.

Day 3

Experience the rhythmic chug of the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the longest narrow gauge line in Britain, as it carries you from Douglas on a scenic journey to the south of the island to the charming coastal town of Port Erin, where you will have a bit of free time. Then explore the captivating Cregneash Folk Museum, a living testament to the island's rich cultural heritage. Your return journey to Ramsey along the West Coast promises breathtaking vistas.

Day 4

Enjoy a leisurely morning of free time after breakfast before having cream tea at the hotel. We will then visit the seaside town of Peel which is a quaint small fishing village with the ruins of a Viking Castle and beautiful sandy beaches. Manx Ice cream is a must.

Embark on a journey to the quaint coastal town of Peel, known for its historic castle and picturesque harbour. After a delightful exploration, return to the Ramsey Park Hotel for a quintessential Isle of Man experience - a relaxing cream tea. Indulge in delectable treats as you reflect on your island discoveries in this charming seaside setting.

Day 5

After a final hearty breakfast it is time to say farewell to the Isle of Man today. Board your coach for the crossing back to Heysham, and a relaxing onward journey home full of lovely memories.

The Isle of Man

Discover the Extraordinary Story of the Isle of Man - the only entire nation in the world to be recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Located in the heart of the Irish Sea, hop on a short flight or a hassle-free sail to arrive at an Island that is rich in extraordinary nature, with an ancient and compelling history and a uniquely vibrant culture.

In the far North lies a town of hidden delights, where secret coves wait and strange creatures roam. Cloaked by emerald hilltops, sapphire waters and scenic roads there is much to be discovered. Trace history through crumbling walls and lost exhibitions; let yourself free the past from its place, watch it play. Waves flock to the coastline, bringing tales of a world beyond the Irish horizon, uttering tales from a nest of Gaelic Tongues.

Nestled in the beautiful South, are the tiniest fishing villages. Fairy-tale beaches and lost glens litter both coast and land, igniting charm and character. Railway tracks carve the landscape, beckoning industrial masterpieces as they race through at full steam. A medieval castle lies at its heart overlooking the ancient capital, awakening the crack of gunfire from past rulers.

Westwards lurks the fragile remains of a forgotten community. Bound by the remnants of its intruders in the form of stone and sea, the place is submerged in history. A shadow of the mighty castle rides high above, whispering untold secrets from times before. Legends lay dormant ready to rise, awaiting the discovery of past kings of the North and the birth of a new kind. Caves align the mighty jaws of its coastline, awaiting discovery.

Far to the East a crimson wheel spins and a lone tower watches from the bay. Three legged flags fly high across the Irish Sea, bearing the Island with boldness and pride. Horses pound streets as the tram rises on the mountain top. The coastline wraps tightly around the land here, squeezing out hidden coves from every nook and cranny. Mystery bleeds. The land is rich in history and spirit, where all points lead to the old ways.

What an adventure lies in store...

Douglas, IOM

Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man and well worth a visit. It’s home to the Manx Museum, featuring displays of Viking gold along with a range of other fascinating sights. The restored Villa Marina–Gaiety Theatre complex features a grand Edwardian concert hall and there are shops, restaurants and bars aplenty.

Snaefell Mountain Railway

INCLUDED Visitor Destination

Take a ride to the highest point on the island on The Snaefell Mountain Railway, a unique Victorian enterprise which is around five miles long and has been in operation since 1895.

The Snaefell Mountain Railway takes you on a journey winding high up into the Manx Hills to the Islands Highest Summit; Snaefell Mountain 2,036 feet above sea level. Along the journey unrivalled views of Laxey Valley and the Great Laxey Wheel can be taken in from the railway. At The Bungalow the railway crosses the world famous TT and MGP course. As the railway climbs higher the mountain scenery opens up as the railway spirals around Snaefell with far reaching views of the Sulby Valley and northern plains. Upon reaching the Summit you can take time to relax inside the Snaefell Summit Hotel or take a short walk to the peak of the Summit for a view of the ‘Seven Kingdoms’, The Kingdom of Mann, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and The Kingdoms of Heaven and Neptune.

Isle of Man Steam Railway to Port Erin

The Isle of Man Steam Railway is the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain that still uses its original locomotives and carriages. The three foot narrow gauge railway was opened in 1873 and runs through the Island’s charming countryside between the Island’s capital and a range of destinations in the south. Originally the southern route, which is around 15 and a half miles long, was part of a much larger steam railway network which used to serve Peel in the west, Ramsey in the north and the small mining village of Foxdale. Your one way journey along the beautiful Manx countryside running the full length from Douglas to Port Erin takes an hour to complete. Simply sit back and revel in the spectacular Manx scenery and countryside as it gradually passes by you.

Picturesque Port Erin Beach sits in a sheltered bay bordered by the tall cliffs of Bradda Head to the north and just a stone's throw away from the railway station. Port Erin Beach is a firm family favourite and popular for watersports with a number of businesses doing tours and equipment hire in the area. The beach has many recreational opportunities and facilities - shower, seasonal beach huts, ice cream shops, boat tours from the area and toilets.

The west facing beach has stunning views to the Irish coast & the Mountains of Mourne in the distance. Looking up from the beach to the top of Bradda Head you can see the key-shaped Milner's Tower, built in 1871 in memory of local philanthropist and locksmith William Milner. All in all a great place to visit.

Cregneash Folk Museum

INCLUDED Visitor Destination

Settled on an upland plateau, in the shadow of Meayll Hill and overlooking the Calf of Man, Cregneash (pronounced Creneash) was one of the last strongholds of the Manx language and customs which characterised the traditional crofting way of life.

Step inside the original cottages to find out how the crofter lived through an engaging experience that includes domestic skills and craft demonstrations as well as stories of their rugged self-sufficient lifestyles.

A walk around Cregneash will reveal some indigenous Manx animal breeds and traditional farming practices. Take some time to enjoy the ever changing seasons and unique natural history.

Please note: For your own comfort and safety, wear sensible shoes and take care on uneven surfaces whilst visiting this site.

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Peel

Travel to Peel in the West of the Island and visit the House of Manannan, the acclaimed interactive museum that explores the Island's Celtic, Viking and maritime past. With free time available, you can also visit Peel Castle situated on St Patricks Isle, originally a place of worship before becoming the fort of Magnus Barefoot. Alternatively, visit Manx Moore Kipper Factory located on the quayside, where the World famous Manx kippers are smoked using oak chips in a century old tradition. Entrances not included in your tour price.

Tour includes

  • 4 nights hotel with breakfast & evening meals
  • Return ferry crossings to the Isle of Man
  • Visit to Douglas
  • Journey on the Snaefell Mountain Railway
  • Isle of Man Steam Railway journey to Port Erin
  • Visit to Cregneash Folk Museum
  • Visit to Peel
  • Cream Tea at hotel one afternoon
  • Direct Coach Travel
  • Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
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Accommodation

Ramsey Park Hotel Isle of Man

Ramsey Park Hotel is a contemporary hotel set in one of the most scenic parts of the Isle of Man. Situated beside Mooragh Lake, and with views over the sea towards Cumbria, Ramsey Park makes a stunning setting for your stay on the Island.  The Lake View Restaurant serves bistro-style lunches and dinners, with snacks available in the Piano Bar. The hotel has 60 en-suite bedrooms all of which have been individually designed to a high standard and come with 32″ TVs with UK Freeview channels, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi for your laptop and other mobile devices, a complimentary hospitality tray and toiletries. Single rooms are double/twin for sole occupancy.

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