The Isle of Man is a unique self-governing kingdom, with its own parliament, traditions, culture and cuisine. As a holiday island it is best known for its very agreeable and relaxed pace of life, along with its wealth of attractions. The Isle of Man offers fabulous scenery, enchanting glens, miles of beaches, medieval castles, Victorian railways, beautiful parks and gardens, and fascinating museums & heritage centres.
Our GOLD TOUR includes an overnight stop on the way in Lancashire with a mystery visit on the way up, all to ease your journey. With 4 nights at your hotel in Man and 3 full days out, this will give you a true taste of Manx Life.
There is a full day out to Castletown, the Southern Heritage Trail and Peel. We travel via the famous ‘Fairy’ Bridge to Castletown, the Island’s historic capital and home to Castle Rushen, one of the best preserved medieval castles in Europe. After spending time in this pretty harbour town, we continue onto Cregneash & the National Folk Museum which illustrates life in a typical 19th century Manx community. After we visit the towns of Port Erin & Port St Mary, enjoying a stop at the Sound with stunning views of the Calf of Man. We end the day at Peel to visit Peel Castle, one of the Isle of Man’s principal historic monuments, the House of Manannan and explore the Celtic, Viking and Maritime traditions of the Isle, making sure you purchase some Manx kippers.
Day 4 is a free day to explore Douglas and the Manx Museum. The capital of the Isle of Man, Douglas is a unique blend of holiday resort, finance centre and working harbour. Stroll along the beach or take a journey on one of the heritage railways, the Manx Museum situated in the town centre is also well worth a visit. We have included a one day Explorer Pass, giving unlimited travel for the day on all trains, buses and the horse drawn trams – great for getting out and exploring!
Our last day is Ramsey and the Laxey Wheel. In the morning visit Ramsey, set on the coast with a magnificent backdrop of the North Barrule peak. There’s an attractive working harbour spanned by a Victorian Swing Bridge and open expanses of sand-shingle beach to the North and South. Ramsey also has the Mooragh Park, the ‘jewel’ of the town.
Travel along the coast via the pretty village of Laxey, home of the world’s largest water wheel. Designed by the Victorian engineer Robert Casement, the wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from Glen Mooar which was part of the Great Laxey Mines industrial complex. Standing at over 72 feet high the wheel, which is also known as Lady Isabella, has been one of the Isle of Man’s most popular tourist attractions for well over 150 years. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the wheel turning before attempting to climb to the top where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the Glen Mooar Valley.
We travel back in a day with a late return.
The Chesterhouse Hotel is located on the seafront of Douglas and has 67 rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Offering a full range of modern facilities and accessories, rooms at The Chesterhouse are offered at highly competitive rates. The hotel is also close to the town centre – which offers extensive shopping and a variety of bars and restaurants. Proud winner of the 2009 & 2011 Isle of Man Tourism Awards – Best Hotel of the Year.
Coach Travel from Local Joining Points on the Isle of Wight & the Portsmouth area
GOLD TOUR – Taxi Pick-up & Return from home included
Free Ferry for Isle of Wight Bookings
5 Nights Half Board Accommodation – 4 night Main Hotel, over night stop on the outbound journey
Day Trip around the Isle of Man and the Southern Heritage Trail
Scenic tour Ramsey visiting the Laxey Wheel
Entrance to Moores Kipper Yard, Peel Castle, House of Manannan, Laxey Wheel
One Day Explorer Pass included – unlimited travel on the steam trains and buses
Single Room Supplement ”“ £12.50pn (book early to avoid disappointment)
Overnight stop included – pack an overnight bag.
Valid photographic ID required for this tour.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to maintenance work on the tram lines during 2015, there are no Horse Drawn Trams operating for the entire season.