The Isle of Man - Magnificent Manx

The Isle of Man - Magnificent Manx

A five day break to the Isle of Man visiting Laxey and famous water wheel

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A five day break to the Isle of Man visiting Laxey and famous water wheel

The Isle of Man is a beautiful island with breathtaking scenery, unspoilt beaches and a relaxed pace of life. Visitors are welcomed here year after year, it's an unforgettable holiday and short break destination. It's a great place to holiday.

 

Cregneash Folk Village

Cregneash is a living illustration of a farming and crofting community in the 19th and early 20th century. You will see tiny thatched cottages dotted around the village, plough horses, loghtan sheep, shorthorn cows, pigs and Manx cats. Nestling under Meayll Hill and overlooking the Calf of Man, this picturesque village was the first open air folk museum in the British Isles.  The village now forms a centre for traditional farming practices and skills. Visitors can see demonstrations with horse drawn equipment, thatching, spinning, weaving, wood-turning, black-smithing and a range of skills in the growing and preparation of food.

 

Snaefell Mountain Railway

This unique Victorian enterprise, which is around five miles long, has been in operation since 1895 and is the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles. You can start your journey in Douglas or in the pretty village of Laxey on the east coast - then simply sit back and relax as you are transported through the beautiful Manx countryside. En route you’ll be able to see the Laxey glens and Lady Isabella – Laxey’s water wheel – as well as the Bungalow, a famous TT landmark and only other stop on the line. Once you have reached Snaefell’s summit, at 2,036 feet above sea level, you may be able to see some, or all, of the Seven Kingdoms - England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man and the kingdoms of heaven and the sea.

 

Lady Isabella Wheel built to a design by local enginer Robert Casement, in order to drain the Laxey Mines some 200 yards up the valley. Named Lady Isabella  after the wife of Lieutenant Governor Hope and started on 27th September 1854 The wheel diameter is 72½ feet, breadth 6 feet and when working ran at some 2½ rpm (though this could be increased to 4). It produced an estimated 200hp transmitted to the pumps by the shaft carried on oiled bearings supported on the viaduct. The shaft moves 10 feet with each revolution - a cranked arm transforming the rotary motion into a linear to-and-fro motion.The Wheel is pitch back shot, supplied from a reservoir higher up the valley. Water is fed along an iron tube, up the tower and then onto the wheel which rotates counter-clockwise.

 

The House of Manannan, the Island's mythological sea god, Manannan, welcomes you to his fascinating Kingdom and guides you through the Island's rich Celtic, Viking and Maritime past.

     Things to do and see

  • Step inside a Celtic roundhouse.

  • Listen to the storyteller who tells a troubled tale.

  • Watch Manannan speak from the gently falling waters of Spooyt Vane.

  • Stroll though a Viking longhouse from Cronk-ny-Merriu.

  • Gaze at mist rising through stone crosses and listen to stories which span over 1000 years.

  • Join the crew of Odin's Raven Viking longship as they return from the battle of Clontarf.

  • Explore 19th Century Peel quayside - discover the sights & smells of a Manx Kipper Yard.

  • Walk through the quayside warehouse to discover sailmakers, coopers & chandlers shops.

  • Visit 'Spit Corner', eavesdrop on conversations & listen to the superstitions of the fisherfolk.

  • Buy memorabilia of your visit in the shop.

Day 1

A morning departure as we head to Heysham and the 14:15 Isle of Man Steam Packet sailing to Douglas. On arrival we head direct to our hotel, the Rutland in Douglas. Dinner in the hotel this evening.

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Day 2

We leave Douglas after breakfast and travel south over the Fairy Bridge for a morning visit to Castletown, we then carry on to Port Erin for a visit to the Cregneash Folk Village where we gain an insight into island life in the late 19th Century. From here we have a scenic coastal drive to Ramsey. Free time in Ramsey before returning to Douglas via Snaefell and part of the famous TT circuit. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Morning at leisure in Douglas. After lunch we head to Laxey and an included journey on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, the only one of its kind in Britain, taking you up the summit at over 2,000 feet, the higest point on the island. Dinner on our return to the hotel.

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Day 4

Today we visit the west coast town of Peel; we have an included visit to the House of Manannan. Here the Island's mythological sea god Mannanan, welcomes you to his fascinating Kingdom, let him guide you through the Island's rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past. Afternoon to explore Peel, other attractions include the cathedral, Peel Castle and Moores Manx Kipper Factory. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

After an early breakfast we join the 08:45 sailing back to Heysham. We are due home late afternoon.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Rutland Hotel

One of the most elegant buildings on the Isle of Man, The Rutland Hotel is located on the desirable Queen's Promenade, The Rutland blends a stylish quality with a unique intimacy, that is rare in the world of modern hotels. Following a 4.5 million refurbishment, this former rundown hotel, situated on the exclusive Queens Promenade in Douglas, has risen from the ashes and been transformed into a stunning hotel offering comfort, style and quality to both business and leisure travellers.

 

The Rutland Hotel enjoys beautiful panoramic views across Douglas Bay and is a short walk from the town centre.

 

Rooms

Satellite television, a storage and coffee/tea making machines are featured in every room. The hotel offers panoramic views of Douglas Bay from the guestrooms. There are en suite bathrooms with a bathtub, a shower and a hairdryer in every unit.

 

Eat & Drink

Guests can enjoy a range of special dishes at the 24-hour restaurant. A snack bar is available on site. Steve Dedman's at the Regency and Haneffe's Bar & Grill at The Savoy are 150 meters away.

 

Relax

The venue also offers an indoor swimming pool, a shared lounge and a golf course for guests' enjoyment.

 

Internet

Wireless internet is available in public areas for free.

 

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
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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