Enjoy life in the slow lane and step back in time as you discover the Jewel of the Irish Sea.
Join us for a marvellous short break in a corner of the world where daily life seems to be lived at a slower pace (TT races aside) against a background of rolling hills and wonderful beaches blessed by clean air and unpolluted skies. Sit back and enjoy some delightful, relaxed train journeys as you discover an island that is full of fascination, its unique heritage railways offering a fantastic way to explore this very special place.
Historic Railways of the Isle of Man Available Departures:
- Fly direct from Edinburgh – various dates until September 2020 – from £645pp
- Dates and prices published on this page are for the departures flying from Edinburgh airport only.
- Flights also available from other UK airports – Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton & Manchester – from £559pp. Click here to view more dates/prices.
Historic Railways of the Isle of Man Highlights:
- Journey on the narrow-gauge Isle of Man Steam Railway
- Ride the Manx Electric Railway to historic Derby Castle Station
- Take a trip on the Snaefell Mountain Railway
- Visit the timeless resort of Port Erin
- Enjoy the views across the “Seven Kingdoms” from Snaefell summit station on clear days
- Explore historic Laxey, home of the world’s largest working waterwheel
- Four nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at your chosen hotel
- Free rail travel and entry to all Manx National Heritage attractions with a Go Explore Heritage Card
- Visits to Castletown, Port Erin, Ramsey and Peel
- Return flights to Douglas
- Coach travel and transfers throughout
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Single supplement applies. Subject to availability.
Historic Railways of the Isle of Man Itinerary
Day One – Fly to the Isle of Man
Meet your tour manager at Ronaldsway airport, and transfer to Douglas and your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have some free time to get to know your surroundings. The delightful island capital is part traditional seaside resort, part working port and part thriving financial centre. Stroll along the promenades that fringe the bay and sandy beach, or perhaps take a leisurely horse-drawn tram when they’re operating. You’ll find cafés and pubs to relax in, the fascinating (and free) Manx Museum that chronicles the island’s history, and the Victorian curiosity of the Great Union Camera Obscura, to discover during your stay. There’ll be traditional entertainment and touring shows to enjoy at the beautifully restored Gaiety Theatre (which also has a resident ghost to watch out for).
This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Day Two – Included ride on the Isle of Man Steam Railway
Your first heritage journey takes you south from Douglas’s authentic Victorian station on the island’s famous Steam Railway. The line was once part of an extensive network that connected most of the island, but is now a 15-and-a-half-mile narrow-gauge run, via the former island capital, Castletown, to beautiful Port Erin.
Alight at the former to discover impregnable Castle Rushen, one-time home to the Kings and Lords of Mann. Here, the energetic can climb to the battlements for the spectacular view of the island’s south, and there’s a fascinating guided tour to enjoy. You’ll also visit the Old House of Keys, the restored 19th-century parliament building, with its debating chamber and interactive displays.
Re-board the train to continue to seaside Port Erin, a resort boasting glorious beaches, views out to the offshore Calf of Man and a Railway Museum that’s must-see for enthusiasts. You’ll have some free time to explore your wonderful surroundings, before returning to Douglas by train at your leisure – your included Go Explore Heritage card offers you the freedom to travel as you wish.
After a fascinating and absorbing day, enjoy a second evening in Douglas and your hotel.
Day Three – Included visit to Peel and ride on the Manx Electric Railway
Today you’ll head west to the ancient fishing port of Peel. Here you’ll find a colourful marina, the island ruins of Peel Castle, a sweeping, sandy beach and fascinating House of Manannan Celtic Heritage Museum. The town’s tiny Manx Heritage Transport Museum (entrance payable locally) houses model trains, a tiny Peel P50 (the world’s smallest legal road car) and a unique electric motorbike.
After the chance to explore this delightful corner of the island – from which you can also send a gift of Manx kippers to friends across the globe – you’ll board a bus to Ramsey, the island’s second largest town and home to a bustling working harbour. Here you’ll board the Manx Electric Railway (MER) and travel to historic Derby Castle Station in Douglas through some stunning countryside and coastal scenery. At 17 miles, the line is the longest electric railway in the British Isles, and it still uses original Victorian and Edwardian rolling stock.
Day Four – Included journey on the Snaefell Mountain Railway
Your last day’s exploration sees you climb back aboard the MER for the journey to historic Laxey, where you’ll find Lady Isabella – the world’s largest working waterwheel and the island’s most photographed attraction. Take in the sight, or perhaps visit nearby Laxey Woollen Mills, the island’s last remaining working weaver, before climbing aboard the Snaefell Mountain Railway. This Victorian treasure that is the British Isles’ only electric mountain railway. Sit back and take in the scenery as you travel nearly five miles to the 2,000-ft high summit. From here the views on clear days stretch across the Seven Kingdoms – of England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man… and the kingdoms of Heaven and the sea.
Return to Laxey and then to Douglas, where you’ll have the rest of the day free. Make the most of a last opportunity to stroll around town, then enjoy dinner at your hotel, perhaps reliving the excitement of the last few days.
Day Five – Fly back to your local airport
Transfer back to Ronaldsway airport to board your flight back to mainland UK at the end of a hugely enjoyable few days.