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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 McCool 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.


An Idyllic Retreat: The Isle of Man



Day-by-Day Highlights


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 tombstones

in Saxon St. Peters Church, if time permits, before the 3.5 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 railways 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.


Day 6

sailing from Douglas to Heysham to arrive at Heysham before onward travels back to

the West Country and the surrounding areas.


What’s included in this Diamond Tour…


• 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.

• 1 free drink with dinner at the hotel each evening. (125ml glass of wine, 1 pint house brand beer or lager, or 1 soft drink)

Entertainment at the hotel on two nights.

5 nights hotel stay on half board.

Door-to-door travel.


Chesterhouse Hotel

Isle of Man ***

This hotel features seaviews and excellent

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 .

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.


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