COACH HOLIDAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 this morning we have a continental breakfast on board our coach as we travel northwards to Heysham, Lancashire, for our ferry crossing making suitable comfort stops along the way. The hotel is a short drive away from Douglas Harbour. We have a cup of tea/coffee on arrival with time to freshen up before our evening meal.
DAY 2 Today we have a morning at leisure in Douglas. Douglas is the capital town of the Isle of Man and boasts the unique blend of a traditional seaside resort as well as a busy working harbour and many high street shops to browse. The town is set against a two-mile sweeping bay and sandy beach, where we will find the promenades and quay buzzing with activity. We could take a trip along the promenade on the horse trams (price not included, approx £6pp) to see stunning views out to sea. It is also home to the Manx Museum, featuring displays of Viking gold. This afternoon we visit the Home of Rest for Old Horses, a tranquil sanctuary for elderly horses, including retired trammers from the Douglas Horse Trams as well as ponies and donkeys. The home is set in a large section of fields with picturesque views so you can have a rest on one of the many benches and take in the excellent views of the surrounding countryside and Douglas below while you visit. You will also find a wide selection of drinks or delicious food from the cafe and enjoy the history of the home in the special Museum building. Return to the hotel later for our evening meal.
DAY 3 After breakfast we board our tramcar at the Manx Electric Railway Station, which has been operating for more than 125 years, and explore the north of the island in Victorian style. The 17 and half mile route from Douglas to Ramsey hugs the island’s east coast, passing through gorse topped hills, glorious Victorian glens and spectacular coastal scenery. Afterwards there will be free time in Ramsey, also known as Royal Ramsey due to a couple of Royal visits. Time to purchase lunch here before continuing to Peel which sits on the west coast of the island. It is the only city on the Isle of Man and is home to the island’s cathedral. Fishing has a long history in Peel as it was once the island’s main fishing port. To this day the harbour is filled with boats and it is here that Herring is cured to make the famous Manx kippers. Opportunity to visit Peel Castle (price not included, approx £6pp), the ancient Viking’s home with the most spectacular views over Peel. In the afternoon we continue to picturesque Port Erin situated in the south west of the Island, its beaches and town centre hold much appeal for visitors from all over the world. Return to the hotel with time to freshen up before our evening meal.
DAY 4 After breakfast visit Laxey Wheel. This feat of Victorian engineering and ingenuity is the largest surviving waterwheel of its kind in the world. The Lady Isabella as she is also known, served the mine for 70 years and became the Island’s most dramatic tourist attraction. Watch the mighty wheel turn and climb to the top for panoramic views across Glen Mooar Valley. Afterwards we board the Snaefell Mountain Railway located on the eastern coast of the Isle of Man running from the village of Laxey to the summit of Snaefell, the only mountain on the Island. The railway winds its way up 2000 feet to the top of Snaefell. It is the only place in the British Isles where you can see seven kingdoms on a clear day – England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Heaven, Mann and the Sea just by turning around. Return to the hotel for our last night on this beautiful Island.
DAY 5 After breakfast we catch a morning ferry crossing from Douglas back to Heysham, travelling back to home area making suitable comfort stops along the way after an early breakfast.
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THE CHESTERHOUSE HOTEL, DOUGLAS ***
Located within walking distance to the main town and overlooking Douglas Bay, this hotel offers great hospitality and service. It boasts a relaxing restaurant, enjoying picturesque views. Please be aware there are some steps to the entrance of this hotel and therefore does not offer wheelchair access.
AT A GLANCE
√ Exclusive coach travel with Kirbys
√ Return ferry from Heysham to Douglas
√ 4 nights dinner (buffet), bed & breakfast
√ Tea/coffee on arrival at hotel
√ Tea/coffee after dinner
√ In-house entertainment on 2 nights
√ Manx Electric Railway Station
√ Laxey Wheel
√ Snaefell Mountain Railway
√ Coach excursions as described
√ Fully escorted throughout
(UK residents travelling to the IOM no longer qualify for free health treatment, therefore, Travel Insurance is strongly advised)