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MAGICAL ISLE OF MAN

11TH JULY 5 DAY 4 NIGHT DBB £655 (+£74SRS)

The Rutland Hotel, Douglas, Isle of Man

This traditional hotel overlooks Douglas seafront with lovely sea views. There is also a separate bar where guests can enjoy drinks.

This traditional hotel overlooks Douglas seafront with lovely sea views. There is also a separate bar where guests can enjoy drinks.

• Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room


Small but perfectly formed, the Isle of Man offers heritage railways, coastal drives, museums, historic houses and its very own parliament. Steeped in fairy-tale and folklore, it has a delightful collection of tourist attractions, offering a variety of touring themes, and with the island being only 30 miles long, all are within easy reach of the fascinating capital, Douglas.

ITINERARY

We take the ferry from Heysham and travel onwards to our hotel.

Isle of Man Steam Railway & Cregneash

We discover the south coast today, beginning with a trip aboard the Isle of Man Steam Railway, a perfectly maintained, original Victorian train system and the longest narrow gauge

steam line in Britain. We board the train in Douglas for a one-way journey through the countryside to the resort of Port Erin where we enjoy a visit to the local railway museum before continuing our journey by coach down to The Sound, a protected nature reserve with seabird and seal colonies as well as an excellent café with fabulous views across to the Calf of Man. From here it’s a short journey to Cregneash Folk Park, a peaceful, restored 19th century crofting

 

village where traditional costumed guides show us around their delightful cottages. Returning to Douglas by road, as we cross Fairy Bridge give a quick wave to the fairies which may bring you good luck!

* Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway & Douglas

After a leisurely breakfast we take a journey on the Manx Electric Railway, a classic electric inter-urban tramway, running along the island’s eastern coast, to Laxey. Here we switch to the larger Snaefell Mountain Railway which winds its way to Snaefell Mountain’s summit where we take in the stunning views of the Island. The Victorian railway has been in operation since 1895 taking passengers on a five mile long journey on the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles. When there we have time to have a spot of lunch (not included) before taking the return railway down and head back to Douglas to spend the rest of the day at our leisure. Attractions include the Manx Museum which charts the island’s

fascinating 10,000 year old history and the iconic horse-drawn trams that run along the promenade.

*TT course: Milntown Estate & Knockaloe Visitor Centre. Today we are met by our local guide as we follow the famous TT course, we enjoy a guided 16th century Milntown House, with time to explore the gardens tour of beautiful.

The conservatory restaurant has beautiful views of the Walled Garden. In the afternoon we head to Knockaloe Visitor Centre, the site of a WW1 internment camp. We learn about the many thousands of people who were interned here between 1914 and 1919, where they lived and what life was like for them in what was once a village and a working farm. For descendants of internees, it is a truly moving experience and a tribute to those difficult times.

Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we head home on the morning ferry.

Great value!