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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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Excursions depuis ISLE OF MAN (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.

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.