A magical island of natural beauty, unspoilt beaches and extensive coastline, the Isle of Man is the perfect holiday destination. Cross the sea from Heysham to Douglas and be rewarded with a unique combination of seaside holiday resorts, spectacular mountain scenery and a wealth of historic interest. Our tour includes a full day excursion around the south of the island, including Castletown, the island’s former capital and the pretty towns of Peel and Port Erin.
There will also be an excursion to the north with a train journey from Ramsay to Laxey and then a ride on the Snaefell Mountain Railway to the summit of Snaefell which offers breath taking views over the island.
Thursday: We travel to the Isle of Man via the ferry from Heysham to Douglas arriving at the hotel early evening.
Friday: After breakfast we depart for a full day excursion to the south of the island. During the tour we will visit Castletown and Port Erin before heading up the coast to Peel.
Saturday: A free day to explore Douglas the island’s capital, perhaps relax on the promenade or take a stroll around the working harbour or shopping district.
Sunday: After a scenic drive north we head for Ramsey where there will be time to look around and have lunch before our afternoon train journeys. We travel by Manx Railways from Ramsey to Laxey, home of the famous Laxey Wheel which was once used to drain the island’s mines, before taking the Mountain Railway to the summit of Snaefell, from where there are fabulous views.
Monday: With luggage loaded we have an early start as we begin the journey back to Derbyshire.
Occupying a prime location on Douglas seafront in the centre of the promenade, the Empress Hotel has an enviable position, close to all the attractions of the Island’s capital. This beautiful hotel blends old style service and attention to detail, enjoy a relaxing drink in the ground floor Piano Bar or a restful moment in the lovely conservatory which spans the front of the hotel. The en-suite bedrooms, which are served by a lift, have a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
The hotel does not offer rooms with walk-in showers. There are steps at the entrance to the hotel, but alternative access is available and some bedrooms are also reached by a small number of steps.
Return railway journeys to Laxey and Snaefell are included.