The Isle of Man, situated in the Irish Sea off the west coast of England, is a mountainous, cliff-fringed island and one of Britain’s most beautiful spots. Measuring just 30 miles by 13 miles, the Isle of Man remains semi-autonomous. With its own postage stamps, laws, currency, and the Court of Tynwald (the world’s oldest democratic parliament), the Isle of Man is rich with history and lore.Inhabited from Neolithic times, the island became a refuge for Irish missionaries after the 5th Century. View more
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Explore the beauty, history and architecture of the Isle of Man during this memorable, half-day hiking tour of Cregneash.
Cregneash Hiking Tour
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the thatched heritage village of Cregneash via Peel. Upon arrival, commence your guided hike. The village of Cregneash offers a unique insight into the 19th-century life of the Manx crofters, and the whitewashed cottages of the famous Harry Kelly. Stroll through the village and head uphill to the spectacular site of the chasms, a stunningly beautiful rock structure with vertical cracks in the rock face and sheer drops to the sea. A photo stop is made here to admire the natural rock structure and amazing array of bird life, many of them unique to the island.
Black Head, Spanish Head and the Sound Café
Next, your hike continues along the cliff-tops. Follow the island's coastal footpath towards the top of Black Head and Spanish Head, named after a galleon from the Spanish Armada that was reputedly wrecked here. After taking in the area's wonderful fauna and vistas, begin the short but steep descent towards the Sound restaurant, which overlooks the Calf of Man. During a refreshment stop here, admire the bird sanctuary and get close to the seals in their natural environment. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the approximate one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of hiking/ walking, at times over rough, uneven paths, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore the Celtic and Viking history of the Isle of Man during this half-day sightseeing excursion to Peel and Tynwald.
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.
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.
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.