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The Isle of Man

* Manx Electric Railway to Laxey & The Lady Isabella Water-Wheel
* The Snafell Mountain Railway
* The Isle of Man Steam Railway; Douglas to Castletown
* Castletown, Peel & The House of Manannan

The Isle of Man lies at the very heart of the British Isles, steeped in romance, studded with history and shrouded in misty legend. The island is 225 square miles of uncrowded, unspoilt landscapes with an abundance of historical sights and crammed with things to see and do. Officially a crown dependency, it is part of Great Britain and yet it stands alone in many ways, with its own parliament (the oldest of all parliaments formed in 979 AD), laws, currency and language. Lying in the middle of the Irish Sea, it is blessed with the mildest of British climates, with its shores warmed by the gulf stream. The combination of a mild climate and wonderful scenery made the island popular with the Victorians and it is famous for having Britain’s first Electric Tramway and is noted for its gracious buildings and lovely promenades. Today it is still popular for its very tranquil atmosphere and as a place where you can enjoy a slower pace of life and enjoy the warm hospitality of the local people. Douglas has a delightful promenade with a three mile sweep of sand, horse-drawn trams and Victorian Pier. Together with all the traditional seaside attractions Douglas is a superb resort and an ideal base from which to explore the delights of the island.

Accommodation

The Rutland Hotel is located on Queens Promenade in Douglas with panoramic views across Douglas Bay and just a short walk to the centre of town. Hotel facilities include a lift serving most floors, lounge bar and a restaurant situated on the first floor with views over the bay. All bedrooms have en-suite bathroom, hair dryer and tea/coffee makers. n.b. please note that due to the original architectural features of the hotel, we politely advise that it is not suitable for guests requiring wheelchair, mobility assistance or street level access. The hotel has a number of external steps to access the main entrance as well as internal steps to the upper floors, including access from the lift to the adjacent bedroom corridors.

Itinerary*

Wednesday: Travel to Heysham where we join the afternoon ferry sailing to Douglas. The crossing time is approx. 3 hours 45 minutes and facilities on board include cafeteria, lounges and shops. Disembark in Douglas and transfer to the hotel.

Thursday: At leisure to relax in Douglas, perhaps take a ride along the promenade in a horse-drawn tram.

Friday: After breakfast we travel to the Manx Electric Railway Depot and take the electric railway northwards towards Laxey (where the coach will meet us). Laxey is home to the world’s largest waterwheel, known as The Great Laxby Wheel or Lady Isabella. This is really a remarkable example of Victorian engineering and has drawn tourists to the island to admire its 72 foot stature for the past 150 years. It is majestically positioned in the heart of the Glen Mooar Valley and some time can also be spent in the village before we board the Snaefell Mountain Railway which takes us to the summit of the island’s only mountain. At 2,036 feet above sea level the views at the summit of Snaefell are truly breathtaking; on a clear day you can see Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland!

Saturday: Today we explore the more southerly regions of the island by travelling on the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain. The Isle of Man Steam Railway is an original Victorian train system which travels from Douglas through the Manx countryside to the island’s capital, Castletown. Here you will have the opportunity to explore this historical city before meeting the coach and travelling on to Peel and ultimately to the House of Manannan, named after the island’s mythological sea god. Here we have the opportunity to step inside a Celtic Roundhouse, stroll through a Viking Longhouse and discover the sights and smells of a Manx Kipper Yard!

Sunday: After an early breakfast we bid farewell to the hotel and return to Douglas port where we board the ferry sailing to Heysham. After disembarking we continue the homeward journey.


*Please note itineraries are subject to change

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel & ferry sailings
  • 4 nights accommodation with dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Excursions as described
  • VAT.

Single Room Supplement

A single room supplement of £61.00 is applicable on this tour, for more information please call and speak to an advisor.

Pickup Points

Conwy, Lancaster Square
Llandudno Junction, Station Hotel Bus Stop
Deganwy, Castle Hotel
Llanrhos, Post Office
Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park
Llandudno, Clarence Hotel(Travel Lodge)
Craig Y Don, St Pauls Church
Penrhyn Bay, St Davids Church
Mochdre, Bowling Green
Rhos On Sea, Cayley Arms
Rhos On Sea, Hickorys (The Ship)
Colwyn Bay, Guys Newsagents
Colwyn Bay, Railway Station
Old Colwyn, Opposite Marine Hotel
Old Colwyn, Top Shop
Old Colwyn, Queens Nursing Home
Old Colwyn, Junction Abergele Rd/Highlands Rd
Llanddulas, Fairview Inn
Abergele, Tesco Bus Stop
Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Abergele, Pentre Mawr Park Bus Stop
Pensarn, Roundabout Bus Stop
Belgrano, Pensarn Grange (Windjammers)
Towyn, Wendover Bus Stop
Sandy Cove, Bus Stop
Kinmel Bay, Junction Bronwen Ave/ St Asaph Ave
Kinmel Bay, Silver Birch
Bodelwyddan, Bus Stop opposite Garage
Bodelwyddan, The Vicarage
Rhuddlan, Vicarage Lane Bus Stop
Rhuddlan, Highlands Road Bus Stop/ Pentre Lane
Rhuddlan, Rhyl Road Bus Stop
Denbigh, Lenton Pool
Denbigh, Colomendy
Denbigh, Plas Pigot
Denbigh, The Green Bus Stop
Denbigh, Myddleton Park
Trefnant, Village Hall Bus Stop nr Traffic Lights
Trefnant, The Tweedmill
Trefnant, Clwydian Park
St Asaph, HM Stanley Hospital
St Asaph, Cathedral Bus Stop
St Asaph, Fountain Garage
St Asaph, Ashley Court Bus Stop
St Asaph, Bod Erw
Rhyl, Ffordd Derwen Pub
Rhyl, Boulevard Bus Stop
Rhyl, Old Carlton Garden Centre (opp Rosehill Road/ Rhuddlan Rd Bus Stop)
Rhyl, Rhuddlan Road/ St Margarets Drive Bus Stop
Rhyl, Vale Road Flats Bus Layby
Rhyl, Argos, Bodfor Street
Rhyl, Catholic Church/Wellington Rd
Rhyl, Marine Lake Bus Bay
Rhyl, St Thomas’ Church, Russell Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road /Churton Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road/ Old Golf Road
Rhyl, Eastville Bus Stop opp Denmore Stores
Rhyl, Tynewydd Estate Entrance( Junction Tynewydd Road/ Ffordd Anwyl)
Rhyl, Parrys Corner/ Pendyffryn Rd North
Rhyl, Junction Grange Rd/ Clifton Park Road
Prestatyn, Williams Estate Agents, Meliden Road
Prestatyn, Pendyffryn Gardens Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Bus Station
Prestatyn, The Victoria Hotel Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Police Station
Prestatyn, Ffrith Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Clwyd Carpets ( Victoria Road West)
Prestatyn, Jolly Sailor
Prestatyn, Penrhwylfa Crossroads Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Junction Ffordd isa/ Princes Avenue
Meliden, Manod Road Bus Stop
Meliden, Roundwood Avenue
Meliden, Old Garden Centre
Gronant, Cross Roads
Talacre, Junction Coast Road/Station Road
Ffynnongroew, Crown Inn
Mostyn, Lletty Hotel
Greenfield, Queens Head Hotel
Bagillt, Blossoms Inn
Dyserth, Voel Depot
Dyserth, The Vicarage Bus Stop
Dyserth, Cross Keys/Pendre Farm Bus Stop
Dyserth, The Bank (Bus stop opposite junction High Street/ Thomas Avenue)
Trelawnyd, Memorial Hall Bus Stop
Trelawnyd, Erw Wen Bus Stop
Lloc, Rock Inn
Carmel, Halfway House
Holway, Garage
Holywell, Traffic Lights (Fron Park Road/ Brynford Street)
Holywell, Victoria Hotel
Flint, The Ship Hotel Bus Stop
Northop, Car Park Entrance
Sychdyn, Cross Keys
Mold, Station Motors, Chester Road
Mynydd Isa, The Griffin
Queensferry, Deeside Leisure Centre
Ewloe, Clwyd Car Aucitons
Buckley, The Tivoli
Chester, Holiday Inn Wrexham Road (Old Post House)

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