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.
Depart from the West Country and travel northwards to Preston for an overnight stay at the Samlesbury Hotel ****
Before taking the afternoon ferry from Heysham to Douglas,
theres 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 its worth looking out for the Viking Hogs 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.
Legendary TT motorcycle races attract international media coverage and riders from
around the globe. Well 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, youre sure to find something
worthwhile that youll 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 1800s 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.
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 youd prefer some fresh air theres 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 islands 10,000 year history
is presented through films, galleries and interactive displays.
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 Visitors Centre.
At Sound Visitors 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.
sailing from Douglas to Heysham to arrive at Heysham before onward travels back to
the West Country and the surrounding areas.
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.
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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