Departing by Air
Duration 5 Days
Available Until October 2019

Discover a corner of the world, where daily life seems to move a little slower, on an escorted tour that includes three unforgettable rail journeys through the timeless landscape of the Isle of Man. Head south from the island capital, Douglas, to the unspoilt beaches of Port Erin; north to Ramsey then west to pretty Peel; and east to Laxey beneath the green slopes of Snaefell.

Historic Railways of the Isle of Man Highlights

  • Journey on the narrow-gauge Isle of Man Steam Railway
  • Ride on Britain’s longest electric railway, the Manx Electric Railway
  • Take the Snaefell Mountain Railway from Laxey to the summit of Snaefell
  • Take in the views across ‘Seven Kingdoms’ from Snaefell summit station on clear days

Price Includes

  • Four nights’ half-board accommodation at your chosen hotel in Douglas
  • Visits to Castletown, Port Erin, Ramsey and Peel
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to the Isle of Man
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Free rail travel and entry to all Manx National Heritage attractions with a Go Explore Heritage Card
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single supplement applies. Subject to availability.

Itinerary

Day One: Fly to the Isle of Man
Fly to Isle of Man airport where our coach will transfer you to your hotel in Douglas. Depending on your arrival time, you may have some free time to discover the town. Take the horse-drawn tram along the seafront (operating seasonally), stop for a drink and a bite to eat in one of the cafes and relaxed restaurants around North Quay, or uncover the island’s history at the Manx Museum.

Day Two: Ride the Isle of Man Steam Railway to Castletown and Port Erin
Once a complex network that served most of the island, the Isle of Man Steam Railway is now a single 15.5-mile route through woods, request stops, tiny stations and sea views to Castletown. Here you’ll have time to walk the battlements of Castle Rushen and see the debating chamber of the island’s 19th-century parliament building, before returning to the train to continue your journey to Port Erin.

Once in Port Erin you’re free to explore – the beaches and views are glorious, and the Railway Museum is well worth a visit – then return to Douglas by train.

Day Three: Ride the Manx Electric Railway to Ramsey and Peel
Today we’ll head to Derby Castle station to board the lovingly maintained Victorian and Edwardian trains of the Manx Electric Railway (MER) for the scenic 17-mile journey to Ramsey. We’ll then board a bus and continue to Peel on the western side of the island. See the ruins of Peel Castle on its little peninsula on the tip of the marina, or visit the town’s Celtic heritage and transport museums before we wind our way back through the Manx countryside to Douglas.

Day Four: Ride the Snaefell Mountain Railway to the summit of Snaefell
Our second journey on the MER takes us to Laxey, site of the world’s largest working waterwheel. Here we’ll change lines and ride the Snaefell Mountain Railway through the spectacular scenery to the summit of Snaefell 2000 feet above.

Returning to Douglas you’ll have the rest of the day free before your final dinner at the hotel.

Day Five: Fly back to your local airport
Return to the airport and check in for your flight back to mainland UK.


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