Isle of Man — Grand Tour 2019!
Monday 6 th to Friday 10th May 2019 CHESTERHOUSE HOTEL, DOUGLAS
Twin/Double room sharing: £489pp. Single room: £549 Sea view room request: £60 per room.
DAY 1: This morning we take you straight to the Barton Grange Garden Centre near Preston where we enjoy plenty of free time for an early lunch before heading the short distance to Heysham. Our ferry crossing to the Isle of Man normally takes 3.5 hours, docking in Douglas — the coach takes you the short distance to the hotel where we enjoy our evening meal and the light summer evenings give us chance to relax or a stroll along the promenade afterwards.
DAY 2: This morning we will show you some of the traditional Manx ways! Today we visit Cregneash Village, one of the last strongholds of the Manx language and customs. You may get to see the four-horned sheep and a cat with no tail! This afternoon we will enjoy a scenic journey to include a stop at ‘the Sound’ with beautiful dramatic views over to the Calf of Man, and a journey to the Silverdale Glen stopping for afternoon tea and enough time to enjoy a walk alongside the Silverburn river — go as far as you can manage but this area is reasonably flat and enjoyed by everyone.
DAY 3: A short day. After a leisurely breakfast, we board the coach for a guided journey that will take in part of the TT course, some stunning views of the whole coast from Langness to Port St Mary. We will arrive in Port Erin for a little free time before we step back in time, boarding the Heritage Steam Railway for our journey back to Douglas. Opened in 1874 this narrow gauge railway still runs its original locomotives and carriages through the ever-changing Manx countryside.
After our evening meal today you will have the option of a rather special evening tour. Take a walk with us down to the Summerhill Glen where you can walk as far into the glen as you wish. We like to do this at dusk when there is a chance we may see fairies…
DAY 4: Today we enjoy a full day excursion to the historic fishing quay of Peel where to this day the 12C castle dominates the harbour and lots of fishing boats are still hard at work —of course, it is here that Herring is cured to make the famous Manx kippers. Your drop off is alongside the House of Manannan where entry is included – Mythical sea god Manannan guides you through this interactive museum which focuses on the Isle of Man i s rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past. You will enjoy the traditional sights and smells from the Manx kipper yard, and uncover the importance of the sea to the lives of the people on the Isle of Man. During your journey from past to present you’ll also come face to face with characters telling you stories and superstitions from the Island’s past. An attraction not to be missed!
DAY 5: We enjoy an early breakfast before our departure and a leisurely journey home.