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Affectionately known as the ‘Jewel in the Irish Sea’. Although it may be small, the Isle of Man is not lacking in breath-taking scenery, whether it’s one of many stunning coastlines or the countryside. Join us on this short break where we have organised entertainment for two of the nights at our centrally located Douglas hotel. We also have a free drink with dinner each evening as well as excursions to a number of popular attractions found on the Island.
Friday We collect you from your home to join the tour coach to travel to Heysham and our afternoon sailing across to Douglas. Once we arrive we begin the short journey to the Chesterhouse Hotel where we will be spending the next four nights.
Saturday Today a guide will be joining us for a full day tour of the islands including Ramsey and Peel and sections of the local roads used in the famous TT Motorcycle racecourse. Arrive in ‘Royal’ Ramsey, a quieter town now than in its heyday but with a working harbour and an interesting maritime history including the construction of the ‘Star of India’ which is now moored as a floating museum in San Diego. The town gained its royal reputation from two visits by British monarchs: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1847 and 60 years later by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. While visiting see if you can spot the lovely bronze statue of Vikings playing chess! Then head off along a stretch of the famous TT course as it curves around and down to the resort of Peel with its flat sandy beach and absorbing attractions. Sitting at the mouth of the harbour is the impressive Peel Castle, which was the built in 1392 and where the mystery and
suspense prevail as you discover its hidden secrets including the legendary “Moddey Dhoo” (black dog).
Sunday We begin today with a classic journey on board the Isle of Man Steam Railway from the capital Douglas to the seaside resort of Port Erin. We then enjoy free time in Port Erin, virtually a landlocked bay protected by steep hills and perpendicular cliffs, making it a pleasure to stroll along the glorious sandy beach. Later we visit The Sound Visitor Centre, a protected nature reserve, where you may spot seals basking in the sunshine and colonies of nesting seabirds. You will have the chance to enjoy refreshments at the excellent café with views of the Calf of Man. Then it’s time for a visit to the charming Cregneash Folk Village used as the main location for the film “Waking Ned” and where traditional rural crafts of weaving and thatching are demonstrated in its tiny white-washed cottages. Head back to Douglas via Castletown, once the capital of Mann. It still retains much of its former splendour with Castle Rushen, an ancient fortress, dominating the town and harbour.
Monday Spend the morning exploring Douglas, the island’s capital. Overlooking the grand sweep of Douglas Bay it is a unique blend of holiday resort, finance centre and working harbour. Not to be missed is the award-winning Manx Museum (free of charge) in the centre of town. This afternoon we visit the village of Laxey, to discover the Laxey Wheel, known affectionately as the “Lady Isabella”. Named after the Governor and a credit to Victorian engineering, it is the largest working water wheel and an outstanding icon of the island’s long history of mining. On the same site is the Great Mines Trail with displays of the once thriving mining complex, take a short walk through the Glen Moar Valley for the chance to enter a section of the mine.
Tuesday Following an early breakfast we travel to the port for the return ferry sailing to Heysham and onward journey home making suitable stops en-route.
The Chesterhouse is located on the seafront of Douglas and has 67 rooms. All the rooms within the hotel are en-suites which come equipped with modern facilities and accessories. The hotel is also close to the town centre - which offers extensive shopping and a variety of bars and restaurants. The hotel has a lift.
Please note that due to the original architectural features of this hotel there are steps to the entrance and, therefore, this hotel is not suitable for guests requiring wheelchair or street level access.
- 4 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
- Luxury coach travel
- Home pick-up
- Ferry crossing
- Two nights entertainment
- Entrance to Cregneash Folk Village
- Isle of Man Steam Railway
- Ferry crossing
- Free drink with dinner each evening
- Island guided tour
- Entrance to Laxley Musuem