An Idyllic Retreat: The Isle of Man

An Idyllic Retreat: The Isle of Man

A seabound kingdom with many stories to tell, the Isle of Man’s history is said to have started from Ireland when Finn MacCool threw a chunk of land at Scotland. Whilst it must have been quite some throw, considering the island’s 33 mile length, the giant’s punt fell short, creating an idyllic retreat that truly has something for everyone. From bucket and spade beaches and sheltered bays to jagged cliffs, hills and a solitary mountain.

Day 1  Depart from the West Country and travel northwards

 to Preston for an overnight stay at the Samlesbury Hotel ****


Day 2  Before taking the afternoon ferry from Heysham to Douglas,

there’s time for a leisurely awakening at the hotel,

sipping freshly brewed tea or coffee

whilst the sound of bird song slowly attunes you for the day.

At Heysham it’s worth looking out for the

Viking Hog’s Back tombstonesin Saxon St. Peters Church,

if time permits, before the 3 hour crossing to the Isle of Man

and onward travel to the Chesterhouse Hotel ***

our home for the next four nights.


Day 3  Legendary TT motorcycle races attract international media coverage

and riders from around the globe.

We’ll follow their tracks, venturing West,

to North and then to the East to eventually wind up in

the coastal town of Ramsey by late morning,

being the second largest town on the island,

you’re sure to find something worthwhile that you’ll thoroughly enjoy.

After relaxing the morning away the afternoon

will see railway galore as we travel on not just one, but two railways.

The late 1800’s saw the Manx Electric Railway being erected,

bringing in fresh tourism to the village of Laxey,

or as the Old Norse named it, ‘Salmon River’.

All this before travelling on the Snaefell Mountain Railway,

 riding all the way to the summit

for some amazing views before travelling back.



Day 4  Relax with a leisurely breakfast on a day when the itinerary is yours to write.

Douglas, the capital and largest town on the island is a lively seaside resort

with plenty of shops and cafés to explore,

or if you’d prefer some fresh air there’s Harris Promenade,

edged by a wide sandy beach, where horse-drawn trams

might coax you to take  the weight off your feet.

Over at Manx National Heritage Museum, the island’s 10,000 year history

 is presented through films, galleries and interactive displays.



Day 5  Rail enthusiasts will be happy on a day that begins

with a ride aboard the Isle of Man Steam railway

to Port Erin, where the coach will meet us,

then relax as we gently move towards the Sound Visitor’s Centre.

At Sound Visitor’s Centre guests can enjoy panoramic views

of Calf of Man, a hotspot for seals,

or learn about tragedy and shipwreck from the adjacent exhibition space.

Whilst reflecting, enjoy tea and cake at the café

to thoroughly complement the beautiful views,

before going back to the hotel for some relaxation time for one more night.


Day 6  Ferry sailing from Douglas to Heysham early morning to arrive at Heysham

for 10am before onward travels back to the West Country and the surrounding areas.


Please Note:

 Due to architectural features,

this hotel is less suitable for guests requiring a wheelchair,

 mobility assistance or street level access.

The hotel only has 1 ground floor room.

The hotel has a lift however it is not suitable for wheelchairs.




What’s included in this SapphireTour…

• Return ferry crossings.

• Travel on the Manx Electric Railway.

• Travel on the Snaefell Mountain Railway.

• Travel on the Isle of Man Steam Railway .

• Day at leisure in Douglas.

• Excursions as detailed.

• Entertainment at the hotel on two nights.

• 5 nights hotel stay on half board.

• Coach Travel.



Chesterhouse Hotel

Isle of Man ***

This hotel features seaviews and gorgeous service,

with a free drink accompanying each meal to look forward to,

nothing sounds better.

Enjoy carefree relaxation whilst merrily gazing out your window onto the vast Irish Sea.

The hotel has a lift.



Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ashburton Ashburton - Eastern Road (B3352)
just past Glendinnings Office TQ13 7AP
Barnstaple Coach Depot Barnstaple-Coney Avenue EX328QJ.
Barnstaple Railway Barnstaple Railway Station - EX31 2AU
Bickington Garage Bickington - Opposite Garage EX31 2JG
Bideford/Kingsley Statue Bideford Kingsley Statue
Bishopsteignton Bishopsteignton - Bus stop outside Metro Motors
TQ14 9RL
Bodmin Bodmin - Bus stop by Dennison Road car park
PL31 2LL
Braunton/opp George Hotel Braunton Opposite George Hotel - EX33 2JJ
Bridgewater - Bus Station Bridgewater - Bus Station - Stand 7
TA6 5PZ.
Bridgewater Services Bridgewater Services Coach Park - TA6 6TS
Bristol - Anchor Road Bristol - Anchor Road bus stop opposite @ Bristol
Buckfastleigh Buckfastleigh - Dart Garage Bus Shelter
on Dart Bridge Road, TQ11 0DZ
Bude Bude - TSB Bank
EX23 8JJ
Budleigh Salterton Budleigh Salterton - Public Hall
Clyst St George Clyst St George - Bus stop by St George & Dragon
Hotel, EX3 0QJ
Cullompton Services Cullompton Services M5 Jct 28 EX15 1NS
Dawlish Dawlish - Piermont Place, EX7 9PH
East Budleigh East Budleigh, The Rolle Arms, EX9 7DL
Eastgate Shopping Centre Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bus stop(M32 Jct 2)
Exeter - Belgrave Road Exeter - Belgrave Road, Loading Bays at the back
of Vue Cinema, EX1 2AA
Exeter Services Exeter Services M5 coach park EX2 7HF
Exminster Exminster - Victory Hall
Exmouth Exmouth - Opposite Savoy Cinema
Folly Gate Folly Gate EX20 3AH
Fraddon Services Fraddon Services - TR9 6NA
Fremington/New Inn Fremington New Inn EX31 2NT
Gordano Services M5 Gordano Services Coach bay - BS20 7XG
Hatherleigh Co-Op Hatherleigh Co -Op EX20 3HY
Holsworthy Holsworthy Bus Stop opposite Church - EX22 6HA
Ilfracombe Ilfracombe War memorial
EX34 8HB
Ivybridge Ivybridge,Bus stop on road outside Town Hall PL21
J27/M5 Services by Petrol Station
Kenton Kenton - Outside Roadean Restaurant A379
Kilkhampton Kilkhampton - Outside the Church
Kingskerswell /NewtonRd Kingskerswell - Bus stop just before Hospital
on Newton Road, opposite Bridge Retail Park
Kingskerswell Hare&Hounds Kingskerswell, just past Hare & Hounds Pub
on corner of Manor Gardens
Kingskerswell/ The Sloop Kingskerswell - Bus stop by The Sloop
Kingskerswell/Devon Motor Kingskerswell - opposite Devon Motor Homes
TQ12 5AT
Kingsteignton Kingsteignton - Fountain Bus Stop opposite Lidl
Knowstone Knowstone - Picnic Area
Launceston Launceston -Bus stop by the multi storey car park
on Westgate
Liskeard Liskeard - The Parade
Lympstone Lympstone - The Saddlers, Exmouth Road
Meeth Meeth - The Bull and Dragon Public House EX20 3EP
Merton Merton Square, EX20
Merton Square Merton Square
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot,Railway Station TQ12 2BT
Newton Poppleford Newton Poppleford, St Luke's Church, EX10 0EG
North Tawton North Tawton Square
Okehampton Okehampton, West Bridge Bus Stop, EX20 1JZ
Paignton Paignton,Garfield Rd, by the Multi storey car park
Plymouth Plymouth, Outside Bretonside Coach Park PL4 0BG
Plymouth - Derrys Cross Plymouth - Derrys Cross bus bays
outside Rumpus Cosy Cafe, PL1 2TE
Plympton Plympton - Ridgeway Bus Stop near Co-op Store
Plymstock Broadway Plymstock Broadway - Opposite Lidl Store
by Broadway Car Park PL9 7AU
Preston Preston - Bus Shelter in between Conservative Club
and Baptist Church A3022
Redruth Redruth - Railway station, Redruth, TR15 2AB
Sedgemoor Services M5 N Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Northbound
Sedgemoor Services M5 S Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Southbound,
Self Drive Self Drive
Sidford Sidford - Green Close Bus Stop
Sidmouth, The Triangle Sidmouth, The Triangle, EX10 8PF
Sourton Cross Okehampton, Sourton Cross EX20 4LY
South Brent South Brent - Bus stop outside The London Inn Mews
on the B3372
South Molton/Square South Molton Square - EX36 3AB
St Austell St Austell - Railway Station, PL25 4LA
Starcross Starcross - Opposite Railway Station
Stibb Cross Stibb Cross Bus stop adjacent to the Old Union Inn
Taunton - Tower Street Taunton - Tower Street Bus Station
Taunton Deane Services N Taunton Deane Serv M5 Coach Pk Northbound TA3 7PF
Taunton Deane Services S Taunton Deane Serv Coach Park Southbound TA3 7PF
Taunton Murco Garage Taunton, Murco Garage J25/M5
Tavistock Tavistock, Opposite/Outside the Bedford Hotel
Depending on which way the coach is coming from
Teignmouth Teignmouth - Eastcliff Coach Park
Tiverton Coach Station Tiverton Coach Station
Tiverton Shell J27/M5 Tiverton Shell Garage J27/M5
Torquay Torquay - Opposite the library on Lymington Road,
Torrington Torrington - back of Globe
Totnes Totnes - Bus layby opposite the Seven Stars Hotel
Truro Truro - Fairmantle Street coach park, TR1 2EQ
Wellington - Chelston Wellington - Chelston Business Park
outside Wellington Motors
Wellington - Conservative Wellington - Conservative Club, TA21 8QT
Whiddon Down Sevice area Whiddon Down Service Area Exeter Road EX20 2QT
Winkleigh Winkleigh Garage,Exeter Road, Winkleigh, EX19 8JJ
on A3124
Worle Worle - Bus Stop by Roundabout behind
Parish Pump Pub
Yelland/Pottery Lane End Yelland - Bus stop at Pottery Lane, EX31
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