Silversea Expedition Cruises To ISLE OF MAN (Douglas)

ISLE OF MAN (Douglas)

The Isle of Man, off England’s west coast (and Ireland’s east) needs no introduction. Its Celtic history is legendary, its political past labyrinthine and its national symbol – a three legged figure with neither body nor head – an enigma that has been foxing historians for centuries. Do not confuse the Isle of Man with the United Kingdom. It does have “crown dependency” similar to Jersey, but the 32-mile-long island is entirely self-governed. View more

It changed hands between England and Scotland many times during the middle ages but fell under British rule in 1399. However, when the feudal lordship was revested in 1765, the island never became part of the United Kingdom. And has remained independent ever since. The island is, quite literally, shrouded in a cloak of secrecy. This is called Manannán’s (or sea mist) after the obscure Celtic Sea God. Legend has it that Manannán’s cloak hides the island from invaders, so they just sail past. But that’s just the beginning of the island’s eccentricities. If you do not salute the mooinjer veggey (little people) that live under Fairy Bridge, you will provoke their anger and they will put a spell on you. The island’s national sport is tin bath racing. Modern life seems not to have arrived here. The railway system, the actual railway system not a contrived tourist attraction, is still operated by a steam locomotive. The tram system by horse drawn carriage. The water wheel, opened in 1895, has never been updated. After all, why would they? Everything works just fine.

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LONDON (Tower Bridge) To LONDON (Tower Bridge)
  • Departure
    May 17 2021
  • Duration
    14 Days
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    Silver Cloud
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Excursions in ISLE OF MAN (Douglas)

Isle of Classic Motors & The TT

This tour will introduce you to the Isle of Man's great tradition of motors and motorcycle road racing. It encompasses the islands world renowned racing history and well-known sections of the 37.73-mile TT Racecourse, where riders average speeds of over 130 mph.


Departing Douglas, head north via the TT (Tourist Trophy) Mountain Course to the former RAF Jurby to visit the IOM Motor Museum. This state of the art, purpose built, privately-owned museum, has a collection of over 400 unique exhibits from around the world, including classic cars, trucks, steam engines and an extensive collection of motorcycles. The museum showcases over 200 motorcycles ranging from rare vintage to modern day racing machines.


After an introduction you will have time to enjoy the museum, browse in the shop or take refreshments at The Guard House, a renowned café and meeting place for motorcyclists.


Return to Douglas via the TT Course.


Please note: Guests should be aware that this tour is focused on the Isle of Man's great tradition of motor sport, in particular the TT (Tourist Trophy).

Lady Isabella & Snaefell Mountain Railway

Depart Douglas and travel along the eastern coast to Laxey, a former mining village and home to 'Lady Isabella' - The Great Laxey Wheel.


Named 'Lady Isabella' after the wife of the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, and designed by the Victorian engineer, Robert Casement, the wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from the 'Great Laxey Mines' industrial complex. The impressive structure has remained one of the Island's most dramatic attractions for over 150 years. With a diameter of 22 m (72.5 feet), it is said to be the largest working waterwheel in the world.


Walk around this dramatic feat of engineering and see the Great Laxey Wheel turning as it has for over 160 years. Take the opportunity to climb to the top platform of the wheel (optional) for superb views of the Laxey Valley.


Leaving Lady Isabella, take the short journey to Laxey Railway Station. This beautiful Victorian station has been in operation for over 120 years.


Board a vintage carriage on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles and in service since 1895. This unique Victorian railway winds its way to the top of Snaefell, the only mountain on the Island. During your ascent take in the breath-taking views of the island's largest glacial valley, the beautiful Sulby reservoir, spectacular landscapes of the north of the island over Tholt-y-Will Glen to the sandy plains of Jurby, the cliffs of Bride and on to the Point of Ayre. At the summit of the Snaefell Mountain 621 m (2,036 feet), on a clear day, the 'Seven Kingdoms' - England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man and Heaven and the sea, can be seen.


Re board the Snaefell Mountain Railway to descend to the Bungalow (a famous part of the TT Course ) and meet your coach for the return journey to Douglas.

Milntown House & Gardens

In the historic Manx Parish of Lezayre is Milntown Estate, the Isle of Man's only historical estate, boasting 15 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland which surround a magnificent mansion.


This visit will take you from the 16th century to the present day through the fascinating history of this beautiful house and its garden of horticultural wonders, which is now part of the Milntown Trust.


Milntown House, as part of the estate, was created in the 16th century and parts of the house that you can see today date back to that time. John McCrystyn, a Deemster (Judge) merged his estates into one, and the house was occupied by successive generations of McCrystyn families, who became known as Christian, until 1886. At this time the family was deemed bankrupt and ownership of Milntown was passed to a finance organisation. Much of the 500 acres was sold off and in 1963, what remained was bought by Lady Kathleen Edwards. Milntown is now owned and lovingly cared for by the Milntown Trust, established by Sir Clive Edwards, son of Lady Edwards, on his death in 1999.


Upon arrival notice the Christian Family Coat of Arms on the Gothic Revival style façade of the house. Most of the interior of the house remains as it was decorated by Lady Edwards, but many features dating from Deemster Christian's days are still evident.


Wander with your expert guide, through the Hall, Dining Room, Drawing Room, with its homely furnishings, the Library with exquisite inlaid oak panelling and Sir Clive's collection of books and magazines associated with his passion for motor racing, and Lady Edwards' apartment, which remains exactly as it was. The house appears very 'lived in' and portrays everyday life of its occupants in days gone by. There are no ropes or harrying ushers to reprimand curious guests. You are allowed to open drawers and look inside wardrobes!


After your tour of the house, enjoy Manx Cream Tea served in the Conservatory Café, before taking some time to explore Milntown Gardens, a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Partner Garden.


The Gardens are a range of varied and colourful delights. There are ornamental gardens, water features and enchanting woodlands. The microclimate from the gulf stream and the shelter form close by hills helps to make the most of the plants at Milntown.


The Gardens also have a few hidden treasures to be discovered; a water wheel dating from 1794, a collection of vintage cars and motorbikes and sculptures created by a local artist.


After a delightful visit, bid goodbye to Milntown and return to Douglas.

Scenic Isle of Man

Departing the port take a scenic drive out of Douglas and head to the south-east of the island passing over Fairy Bridge, where according to local folklore, it is considered bad luck to cross over without greeting the fairies believed to live under the bridge. There are tales abound of the misfortune of those who failed to say Laa Mie (good day) to the fairies.

Arrive at the town of Castletown, the original capital of Mann until 1869. Here you can admire the magnificent Castle Rushen (from the outside) which is one of the finest examples of a medieval castle in the British Isles and enjoy free time to stroll through the town and along the picturesque harbour.

Departing Castletown, continue to the Southern tip of the island and the pretty bay at Port Erin, before travelling along the western coast of the island to Peel, affectionately known as 'Sunset City'. The striking ruins of Peel Castle overlook the small fishing port with its quaint narrow streets and lovely harbour.

After enjoying some free time in Peel, travel inland to Tynwald Hill. Located in the little village of St John's this grass topped, tiered hill is the location of the world's oldest democratic parliament, which has run continuously since 979. Each year on July 5th, all the laws enacted in the year preceding are promulgated to the gathered government officials and the public at large, both in Manx (Gaelic) and English languages.


Pause for photographs at Tynwald Hill before passing through the beautiful central valley area of the Island known as the Plains of Heaven, to return to Douglas.

The Story of Man & Spectacular Coast

Explore the Celtic and Viking history of the Isle of Man during this half-day sightseeing excursion to Peel and Tynwald.


Peel

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Peel. Located on the west coast of the island, Peel is dominated by the ruins of an ancient Celtic cathedral and the pink sandstone walls of the castle dating from the 14th century. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the House of Manannan,


House of Manannan

This multi-million-pound, technologically-advanced heritage centre explores and interprets the long, fascinating history and unique landscape of the Isle of Man. During your visit, see how the Celts and Vikings lived, what they wore, how they farmed, what they made, and how they spoke. Learn how the old Pagan traditions were changed with the coming of Christianity, and view a replica of Odin's Raven, an 11th-century Norse Viking vessel. At the 'Forest of Masts', see a bustling scene of a traditional Manx harbour at the turn of the 20th century. Other historic displays include a kipper factory and the Steam Packet Company, where models of two of its old ships are displayed. You can also try your hand at 'docking' the Lady of Mann in Douglas Harbour with the aide of modern technology.


Tynwald

Following your visit, re-board your coach and drive to Tynwald, the Manx parliament established by Vikings in the 10th century. Remarkably, this system of self-government has remained in place for over 1,000 years, making it the oldest continuous parliament in the world. Upon arrival in Tynwald, proceed to Tynwald Hill, a focal point of Manx independence. Each year on the Island's national day, July 5th, the ancient ceremony of proclaiming new laws is performed. Following a brief photo stop here, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Victorian Railways & Snaefell

Explore the Victorian-era railway systems on the Isle of Man during this panoramic sightseeing excursion via tramcar.


Marx Electric Railway Ride

Depart the pier for the short drive around the Promenade fronting Douglas Bay en route to the station of the Manx Electric Railway, the longest of any of Britain's vintage narrow gauge lines. This railway celebrated its centenary in 1993; remarkably, it still relies on original Victorian and Edwardian technology. Upon arrival, board a tramcar for the approximately 30-minute ride to Laxey. Travel through leafy glens and hollows before emerging atop precipitous cliffs offering splendid views across the coastline. After passing over the impressive Glen Roy viaduct, arrive at the Laxey Station, arguably the most picturesque on the island.


Snaefell Mountain Railway Ride

Next, transfer to the Snaefell Mountain Railway. The only electric mountain railway in the British Isles, the Snaefell Mountain Railway celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1995. The 4.5-mile (7.2-kilometre) double-track ascends to the 2,036-foot-high (620-metre-high) summit of Snaefell, the highest point on the Isle of Man.


During your slow, gradual ascent up the side of Laxey Glen, take in breathtaking views of the coast and Giant Laxey Wheel. The 3.5-foot (one-metre) gauge is the widest of all of the railways on the Isle of Man, and the six original tramcars are still in use. Upon arrival at the summit of Snaefell, some free time is made available to take in the spectacular panoramic vistas before re-boarding your tramcar and partially descending down the mountain. Your tour concludes with a short transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and railroad cars. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Vintage Steam Train & Castle Rushen

Departing the port, take a scenic drive out of Douglas and head to the south-east of the island passing over Fairy Bridge, where according to local folklore, it is considered bad luck to cross over without greeting the fairies believed to live under the bridge. There are tales abound of the misfortune of those who failed to say Laa Mie (good day) to the fairies.


Arrive at Castletown which traces its origins back to 1090 and holds true as one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Its narrow streets and small fishing cottages prove this ancient past at every corner. Before enjoying some free time to explore this delightful town, visit the magnificent Castle Rushen, a wonderful example of a medieval castle. The exact date it was built is unknown but is believed to be around 1200.


The Castle served as the residence of the last Norse King of Man, who died in 1266. Part of the castle was destroyed in a siege by Robert the Bruce in 1313 but was rebuilt by Sir William de Montacute in around 1344. In the clock room, formally used as the castle chapel, lies a clock presented by Queen Elizabeth I in 1597, while she held the island in trust pending a dispute. The clock is of simple construction with only one hand but keeps very good 'Manx' time.


At Castletown's railway station, board a steam train on the 125 years old Victorian line. The railway operates with much of the original rolling stock and passengers travel in carriages pulled by the original engines from the 1890's. From the train, enjoy impressive views of the Isle of Man's countryside. Arriving at Douglas railway station, a beautiful red brick Victorian structure, take a short transfer to return to the port.

Volcanoes & Vikings Walking Tour

This is one of the most beautiful walks on the island, renowned for its stunning coastal scenery, birdlife and archaeological remains.


Leaving the port at Douglas, travel via the famous Fairy Bridge where, according to legend, you should greet 'the little people' to ensure a good journey, to Castletown, the former capital of the Isle of Man.


After a short stop and comfort break at Castletown your walk commences, following part of the 'Raad ny Foillan' (The Way of the Gull). This is the Isle of Man's long-distance coastal footpath around Scarlett Head and where there is an opportunity to see sea birds, plants, limestone outcrops and volcanic rocks against a backdrop of stunning scenery.


This part of the exposed southern coast has an abundance of historic sites. There are traces of ancient forts, chapels, old farms, a WWII radar station and a now disused flooded quarry, which once supplied stone for the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in London.


The historic highlights of the walk are at Chapel Hill, Balladoole. Here you can see a Bronze Age burial site, an Iron Age hillfort, a Viking ship burial site and Keeill Vael (remains of a 12th century Chapel, St Michael's) which has panoramic views over the south of the Island and the Iron Age and Norse promontory fort at Close ny Chollagh.


At the conclusion of your walk, re-join the coach to return to Castletown and then on to Douglas via a route giving views over 'the Plains of Heaven' across the central valley and to the northern hills.

World Famous TT Course

Take a fast-paced morning to discover the beauty of the Isle of Man while riding on the World-famous TT Mountain Course. The Isle of Man boasts a great tradition of motorcycle racing on this 37.73-mile-long race course, where riders average speeds of 130mph per lap.

The Isle of Man has a long history of motorcycle racing, and each year the world's top racers and many enthusiastic regular racers and newcomers compete on the winding and bumpy public road which is the very testing TT Course. The TT races began in 1907 and they are one of the greatest motorcycle sporting events in the world, attracting fans of the sport from all over the world.

On today's excursion go motortriking with your knowledgeable rider to experience the race course first hand. Departing from Douglas, travel through some of the region's quaint towns and villages, around tight twisty roads, over the renowned Ballaugh Bridge before riding over the spectacular Snaefell Mountain. Enjoy a short stop at the Creg-by-baa, one of the most spectacular landmarks on the Mountain course before returning to Douglas.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.