A seabound kingdom with many stories to tell, the Isle of Man’s history is said to have started from Ireland when Finn MacCooil threw a chunk of land at Scotland. Whilst it must have been quite some throw, considering the island’s 33 mile length, the giant’s punt fell short, creating an idyllic retreat that truly has something for everyone. From bucket and spade beaches and sheltered bays to jagged cliffs, hills and a solitary mountain, the Isle of Man’s attractions are, like its myths, large
Day 1 Depart from the West Country and travel northwards to Preston for an overnight stay at the Samlesbury Hotel ****
Day 2 Before taking the afternoon ferry from Heysham to Douglas, theres time for a leisurely awakening at the hotel, sipping freshly brewed tea or coffee whilst the sound of bird song slowly attunes you for the day.
At Heysham its worth looking out for the Viking Hogs Back tombstonesin Saxon St. Peters Church, if time permits, before he 3 hour crossing to the Isle of Man and onward travel to the Chesterhouse Hotel *** our home for the next four nights.
Day 3 Legendary TT motorcycle races attract international media coverage and riders from around the globe.
Well follow their tracks, venturing West, to North and then to the East to eventually wind up in the coastal town of Ramsey by late morning, being the second largest town on the island, youre sure to find something worthwhile that youll thoroughly enjoy.
After relaxing the morning away the afternoon will see railway galore as we travel on not just one, but two railways.
The late 1800s saw the Manx Electric Railway being erected, bringing in fresh tourism to the village of Laxey, or as the Old Norse named it, Salmon River.
All this before travelling on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, riding all the way to the summit for some amazing views before travelling back.
Day 4 Relax with a leisurely breakfast on a day when the itinerary is yours to write.
Douglas, the capital and largest town on the island is a lively seaside resort with plenty of shops and cafés to explore, or if youd prefer some fresh air theres Harris Promenade, edged by a wide sandy beach, where horse-drawn trams might coax you to take the weight off your feet.
Over at Manx National Heritage Museum, the islands 10,000 year history is presented through films, galleries and interactive displays.
Day 5 Rail enthusiasts will be happy on a day that begins with a ride aboard the Isle of Man Steam railway to Port Erin, where the coach will meet us,
then relax as we gently move towards the Sound Visitors Centre.
At Sound Visitors Centre guests can enjoy panoramic views of Calf of Man, a hotspot for seals, or learn about tragedy and shipwreck from the adjacent exhibition space. Whilst reflecting, enjoy tea and cake at the café to thoroughly complement the beautiful views, before going back to the hotel for some relaxation time for one more night.
Day 6 Ferry sailing from Douglas to Heysham early morning to arrive at Heysham for 10am before onward travels back to the West Country and the surrounding areas.
Please Note: Due to architectural features, this hotel is less suitable for guests requiring a wheelchair, mobility assistance or street level access.
The hotel only has 1 ground floor room. The hotel has a lift however it is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Return ferry crossings.
Travel on the Manx Electric Railway.
Travel on the Snaefell Mountain Railway.
Travel on the Isle of Man Steam Railway .
Day at leisure in Douglas.
Excursions as detailed.
Entertainment at the hotel on two nights.
5 nights hotel stay on half board.
This hotel features seaviews and gorgeous service, with a free drink accompanying each meal to look forward to, nothing sounds better.
Enjoy carefree relaxation whilst merrily gazing out your window onto the vast Irish Sea.
The hotel has a lift.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Ashburton|| Ashburton - Eastern Road (B3352) |
just past Glendinnings Office TQ13 7AP
|Barnstaple Coach Depot|| Barnstaple-Coney Avenue EX328QJ. |
|Barnstaple Railway|| Barnstaple Railway Station - EX31 2AU |
|Bickington Garage|| Bickington - Opposite Garage EX31 2JG |
|Bideford/Kingsley Statue|| Bideford Kingsley Statue |
|Bishopsteignton|| Bishopsteignton - Bus stop outside Metro Motors |
|Bodmin|| Bodmin - Bus stop by Dennison Road car park |
|Braunton/opp George Hotel|| Braunton Opposite George Hotel - EX33 2JJ |
|Bridgewater - Bus Station|| Bridgewater - Bus Station - Stand 7 |
|Bridgewater Services|| Bridgewater Services Coach Park - TA6 6TS |
|Bristol - Anchor Road|| Bristol - Anchor Road bus stop opposite @ Bristol |
|Buckfastleigh|| Buckfastleigh - Dart Garage Bus Shelter |
on Dart Bridge Road, TQ11 0DZ
|Bude|| Bude - TSB Bank |
|Budleigh Salterton|| Budleigh Salterton - Public Hall |
|Cheltenham/ Golden Valley|| Cheltenham - Golden Valley Roundabout |
outside KFC (Northbound tours only), GL51 6TA
|Clyst St George|| Clyst St George - Bus stop by St George & Dragon |
Hotel, EX3 0QJ
|Cullompton Services|| Cullompton Services M5 Jct 28 EX15 1NS |
|Dawlish|| Dawlish - Piermont Place, EX7 9PH |
|East Budleigh|| East Budleigh, The Rolle Arms, EX9 7DL |
|Eastgate Shopping Centre|| Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bus stop(M32 Jct 2) |
|Exeter - Belgrave Road|| Exeter - Belgrave Road, Loading Bays at the back |
of Vue Cinema, EX1 2AA
|Exeter Services|| Exeter Services M5 coach park EX2 7HF |
|Exminster|| Exminster - Victory Hall |
|Exmouth|| Exmouth - Opposite Savoy Cinema |
|Folly Gate|| Folly Gate EX20 3AH |
|Fraddon Services|| Fraddon Services - TR9 6NA |
|Fremington/New Inn|| Fremington New Inn EX31 2NT |
|Gordano Services M5|| Gordano Services Coach bay - BS20 7XG |
|Hatherleigh Co-Op|| Hatherleigh Co -Op EX20 3HY |
|Holsworthy|| Holsworthy Bus Stop opposite Church - EX22 6HA |
|Ilfracombe|| Ilfracombe War memorial |
|Ivybridge|| Ivybridge,Bus stop on road outside Town Hall PL21 |
|J27/M5|| Services by Petrol Station |
|Kenton|| Kenton - Outside Roadean Restaurant A379 |
|Kilkhampton|| Kilkhampton - Outside the Church |
|Kingskerswell /NewtonRd|| Kingskerswell - Bus stop just before Hospital |
on Newton Road, opposite Bridge Retail Park
|Kingskerswell Hare&Hounds|| Kingskerswell, just past Hare & Hounds Pub |
on corner of Manor Gardens
|Kingskerswell/ The Sloop|| Kingskerswell - Bus stop by The Sloop |
|Kingskerswell/Devon Motor|| Kingskerswell - opposite Devon Motor Homes |
|Kingsteignton|| Kingsteignton - Fountain Bus Stop opposite Lidl |
|Knowstone|| Knowstone - Picnic Area |
|Launceston|| Launceston -Bus stop by the multi storey car park |
|Liskeard|| Liskeard - The Parade |
|Lympstone|| Lympstone - The Saddlers, Exmouth Road |
|Meeth|| Meeth - The Bull and Dragon Public House EX20 3EP |
|Merton|| Merton Square, EX20 |
|Merton Square|| Merton Square |
|Newton Abbot|| Newton Abbot,Railway Station TQ12 2BT |
|Newton Poppleford|| Newton Poppleford, St Luke's Church, EX10 0EG |
|North Tawton|| North Tawton Square |
|Okehampton|| Okehampton, West Bridge Bus Stop, EX20 1JZ |
|Paignton|| Paignton,Garfield Rd, by the Multi storey car park |
|Plymouth|| Plymouth, Outside Bretonside Coach Park PL4 0BG |
|Plymouth - Derrys Cross|| Plymouth - Derrys Cross bus bays |
outside Rumpus Cosy Cafe
|Plympton|| Plympton - Ridgeway Bus Stop near Co-op Store |
|Plymstock Broadway|| Plymstock Broadway - Opposite Lidl Store |
by Broadway Car Park PL9 7AU
|Preston|| Preston - Bus Shelter in between Conservative Club |
and Baptist Church A3022
|Redruth|| Redruth - Railway station, Redruth, TR15 2AB |
|Sedgemoor Services M5 N|| Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Northbound |
|Sedgemoor Services M5 S|| Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Southbound, |
|Self Drive|| Self Drive |
|Sidford|| Sidford - Green Close Bus Stop |
|Sidmouth, The Triangle|| Sidmouth, The Triangle, EX10 8PF |
|Sourton Cross|| Okehampton, Sourton Cross EX20 4LY |
|South Brent|| South Brent - Bus stop outside The London Inn Mews |
on the B3372
|South Molton/Square|| South Molton Square - EX36 3AB |
|St Austell|| St Austell - Railway Station, PL25 4LA |
|Starcross|| Starcross - Opposite Railway Station |
|Stibb Cross|| Stibb Cross Bus stop adjacent to the Old Union Inn |
|Taunton - Tower Street|| Taunton - Tower Street Bus Station |
|Taunton Deane Services N|| Taunton Deane Serv M5 Coach Pk Northbound TA3 7PF |
|Taunton Deane Services S|| Taunton Deane Serv Coach Park Southbound TA3 7PF |
|Tavistock|| Tavistock, Opposite/Outside the Bedford Hotel |
Depending on which way the coach is coming from
|Teignmouth|| Teignmouth - Eastcliff Coach Park |
|Tiverton Coach Station|| Tiverton Coach Station |
|Tiverton Shell J27/M5|| Tiverton Shell Garage J27/M5 |
|Torquay|| Torquay - Opposite the library on Lymington Road, |
|Torrington|| Torrington - back of Globe |
|Totnes|| Totnes - Bus layby opposite the Seven Stars Hotel |
|Truro|| Truro - Fairmantle Street coach park, TR1 2EQ |
|Wellington - Chelston|| Wellington - Chelston Business Park |
outside Wellington Motors
|Wellington - Conservative|| Wellington - Conservative Club, TA21 8QT |
|Whiddon Down Sevice area|| Whiddon Down Service Area Exeter Road EX20 2QT |
|Winkleigh|| Winkleigh Garage,Exeter Road, Winkleigh, EX19 8JJ |
|Worle|| Worle - Bus Stop by Roundabout behind |
Parish Pump Pub
|Yelland/Pottery Lane End|| Yelland - Bus stop at Pottery Lane, EX31 |