The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man

The safe haven in a violent world


The safe haven in a violent world

The Isle of Man may be just a short ferry crossing from the British mainland but it has a unique character that sets it apart. The Island is a unique self-governing kingdom - a Crown dependency which belongs to neither the UK nor the European Union. It has its own parliament (called Tynwald), laws, traditions, culture, cuisine and postage stamps. The pace of life seems less hurried and the air is cleaner as the ravages of industry have passed it by. The wild scenery of heather clad hills, wooded glens, rocky headlands and secluded coves will testify to this. It is little wonder that the island is known as "The safe haven in a violent world!"



SATURDAY - Morning departure from Dorset to Worcester for lunch. Resume after time for sight-seeing to arrive at the Marriott Hotel, Preston for an overnight stay.

SUNDAY - Morning visit to historic Lancaster with its pedestrian centre. Resume to Heysham for the lunch-time ferry to Douglas (3½ hour crossing). Check-in to hotel late afternoon.

MONDAY - We have included a ticket for the Manx Electric Railway which runs northwards between Douglas and Ramsey via Laxey. It is the longest narrow gauge electric railway in the UK and still uses the original Victorian tram cars. The 17 miles of track runs through scenic countryside, glens and picturesque villages. You can spend some time in pretty Ramsey, take the opportunity to ride the Snaefell Mountain Railway from Laxey to the top of the mountain (fare extra) or visit the famous Lady Isabella water wheel at Laxey.

TUESDAY - A local guide will escort us on a drive across the island to the west coast. Visit Peel - there is an old style feel to the place with its many narrow streets and small houses. See the ruined castle and stroll the promenade to the busy fishing harbour. Later we call at St John's, the historic home of the world's oldest parliament. Afternoon at leisure to explore Douglas.

WEDNESDAY - Again accompanied by a local guide we drive to the south of the island and visit Castletown which sits on an ancient volcano and traces its origins to 1090, one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Later visit Cregneash, a small village on the Mull Hills that has become a living museum preserving the Manx language, traditions and way of life. Finally to the Sound visitor centre, overlooking the Calf of Man and affording wonderful sea-views.

THURSDAY - A day to relax and enjoy the delights of Douglas, the islands largest town and a traditional seaside resort. A ride on the horse-drawn trams affords stunning views over the bay, there is a superb Manx Museum, theatre, independent quirky shops, steam railway and much more to enjoy.

FRIDAY- Join a morning ferry from Douglas to Heysham and drive homewards to return to Dorset that evening.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Chesterhouse Hotel, Douglas

A comfortable 3 star hotel situated right on the seafront and close to the town centre, retaining many of its traditional fine Victorian features. All 67 bedrooms provide private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, television, phone and tea tray. The Shiraz Restaurant enjoys panoramic views of the bay and provides good quality menus with a superb choice. Amber Lounge is a lively bar in which to socialise, or more quite corners are available – free wifi is available in all public areas. There is a lift to all floors inside the hotel, although access from the street is up 5 steps. Room service is available and reception provides tourist information.


TOUR PRICE : £785.00 per person

Price includes • All coach travel  • Return ferry crossings  • 1 x overnight hotel in Preston  • 5 nights hotel on I.O.Man  • Half board meals   • Manx electric railway fare  • Entry to Cregneash • Local tour guides  •  VAT.


Single Room Supplement : £115.00  

Travel Insurance Premium : £

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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