This is always a very “special” holiday but this year will be even more ‘special’!
Our visit coincides with the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Douglas to Port Erin Railway and the Manx Heritage Transport Festival. Inside Track know all the “nooks and crannies” and will get you to the heart of celebrations, by steam train, Victorian tram, coach and bus.
Trust us - this is the year of the Man!
Because of variations in travel to the island, the first day simply involves arriving. Flyers will check in, as and when they get there, and meet our courier and the ferry travellers at the hotel early evening.
Today is designed to introduce you to Manx history, heritage, and way of life. We begin with a steam hauled run on the railway as far as Port St Mary amid delightful coastal and rural scenery. Our island tour continues over the hills to Peel for the excellent heritage museum - the House of Manannan. After lunch we stop off at the world’s oldest parliament at St John’s before continuing via Ramsey in the north and then the famous mountain section of the T.T. circuit back to Douglas – a day of great diversity and scenery.
We’ve a literal highlight in store today. First, we board a tram to Laxey and then ascend Snaefell Mountain aboard an original Victorian tram to the highest point on the island – from here you can, hopefully, see seven kingdoms. Back down in Laxey there is time for lunch and to visit “Lady Isabella” – The Laxey Wheel – awesome! Our day continues at one of the island’s loveliest places – Groudle Glen. A friendly reception at the steam railway will add to the spectacular journey around the headland. This is also the best opportunity to explore one of the island’s famous glens – Groudle is beautiful.
All Inside Track holidays contain little “extras”, it’s part of the fun – and there are plenty of these on the Isle of Man. This is a summer holiday to relish, and Manx pounds are not subject to currency exchange rate fluctuation. Go overseas at no financial risk!
This cosy, three-star hotel is situated in the island’s capital in a quiet locale and is perfectly positioned for a stroll on the prom, morning or evening. It is a medium sized, family run establishment with comfortable rooms and an airy restaurant. The menu is extensive, the food excellent, and the staff welcoming. The Welbeck could well be the friendliest hotel that we use and is certainly one of our favourites!
Our holiday is priced from arrival on the Isle of Man, giving you the choice of travel by air or sea. The most convenient sea crossing, timings wise, is the conventional ferry service from Heysham, though alternatively there is a sea-cat from Liverpool.
We can provide competitively priced rail/ferry through-tickets from your local station for either.
You will find that flights are available from many regional airports and, whilst we are unable to supply air tickets, your transfers between Ronaldsway Airport and the hotel will be included – check with us that the holiday is definitely up and running and then just let us know which flights you have booked.