Isle of Man

Isle of Man

A wild and unspoilt beauty

The Isle of Man’s rugged hills and craggy cliffs rise from the Irish Sea with an intense and candid allure. Fiercely independent, this semi-autonomous island is steeped in heritage and has one of the oldest continuous parliaments in the world, the Tynwald. Barren ridges and verdant valleys are dotted with Celtic traces, Viking legacies, and Victorian splendour. Although only 33 miles in length, the Isle of Man has a varied landscape awash with fascinating folklore, delightfully unique attractions, and dramatic coastal roads.


A unique island laced with heritage railways

From £519 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Suggested Hotel

The Empress Hotel, Douglas

  • Traditional Victorian hotel offering a warm and friendly welcome
  • Located on the Central Promenade in Douglas, overlooking Douglas Bay
  • A short walk from the town centre
  • Comfortable, en-suite bedrooms with modern amenities
  • Bar and restaurant which both benefit from stunning sea views

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.


Isle of Man Steam Railway

This delightful heritage railway dates back to 1873, and lays claim to being the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain that still uses its original locomotives. The line heads south from Douglas, running through the gloriously green countryside of the island before terminating in Port Erin.

Cregneash Folk Museum

Cregneash was the island’s last stronghold of Manx language and customs, and today is a living demonstration of the traditional crofter’s way of life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. With traditional cottages and unique animals, it’s a fascinating insight into Manx culture.

Manx Electric Railway

This attractive, vintage electric system was opened in the 1890s and its tracks head north and east across the island from Douglas. Still operating with its Victorian and Edwardian tram carriages, it takes in gorgeous sea views and picturesque Manx villages along the 17-mile route.

Milntown House

Parts of Milntown date back to the 16th century, however the structure today predominantly displays Gothic Revival features following a rebuild in the 1830s. This fascinating home was occupied by the Christian family for generations, and is surrounded by 15 acres of ornamental gardens and pretty woodland.

Snaefell Mountain Railway

At 2,036 ft, Snaefell is the only mountain on the Isle of Man. Take the winding, 5-mile journey to the summit on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, the only electric mountain rail in Britain. Opened in 1895, this stunning route has been delivering passengers to incredible views over England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for over 100 years.

Laxey Wheel

The world’s largest surviving water wheel, the great Laxey Wheel is an astonishing feat of Victorian engineering. Also known as ‘Lady Isabella’, the 22 m wheel was built to draw water from the Laxey mines, a depth of 550 m below.

Moore's Traditional Curers

Moore’s demonstrates a long history of herring curing, and still smokes Manx kippers to this day in the original factory. This historic building has been operational since 1882, based in the vibrant seaside port of Peel. Moore’s produce smoked bacon and seafood as well as the kippers that the Isle of Man is famous for.

Team Comments:

“The Isle of Man is a perfect combination of coast, culture and curiosity with exciting day tours in all directions.” (Jo)


Don't fancy the drive?

This itinerary is also available as an air tour, from £669 per person.

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