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ISLE OF MAN

from £669
Explore the timeless beauty of the kingdom of the Isle of Man's magnificent coastline and rolling countryside of the interior.
  • Product Code 72307
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Encircled by the wild Irish Sea, on the Isle of Man you are amidst sweeping coastlines, gentle rolling hills, leafy valleys and hidden coves. As a walker you'll reach the hidden corners others may miss.

From the highest peak, Snaefell, views extend over the water to the Cumbrian hills of the Lake District, Ireland’s Mountains of Mourne and the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. Inland paths lead you through ancient woodland glens where mosses and lichens grow thick on twisted trunks and weathered rocks.

Expect to come across many of the island’s curiosities on the walks. There’s the Laxey Wheel, the world’s largest working water wheel, wild wallabies, four-horned Loaghtan Sheep introduced by the Vikings, horse-drawn trams and the Manx cat.



Transport to and from the Isle of Man is not included in the holiday price due to the wide choice of flights and ferry services available from the UK.


Holiday Highlights

  • Discover a timeless, beautiful and forgotten island. 
  • Make use of the excellent transport – steam, electric mountain railways, horse drawn trams, vintage buses.
  • Take cliff walks with the wow factor.
  • Explore Douglas – a delightful base.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en suite accommodation.
      Local transport to and from the trailheads.
      7 day Go Explore card
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    Independent arrival at The Welbeck Hotel in Douglas (there is no set check in time at the hotel). Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner.

  2. Day 2

    In our week we'll explore this island-kingdom's coastline and interior rolling countryside. The Isle of Man, home of the mythical sea god Manannan, and jewel of the Irish Sea is just 32 miles long by 12 miles wide. It is divided from north to south by a ridge of hills, whose highest peak is Snaefell at 621m, and from east to west by a valley running from Peel to Douglas, the island's capital.

    Fairy Cottage to Douglas - we will take the Manx Electric Railway or bus to Fairy Cottage where we start our walk inland over pleasant meadows and down country lanes and tracks. We pass by Lonan Old Church (St Adamnans) and through the delightful Victorian pleasure ground of Groudle Glen back to our hotel in Douglas.
    (Around 8 miles. Ascent 240m / Descent 300m).

  3. Day 3

    Port St Mary to Port Erin - a beautiful cliff top walk around the south west of the island. We start at Port St Mary harbour and follow the Coastal Path (The Road of the Gull) past The Chasms and on to views across the Sound to the Calf of Man. We continue along the cliffs before finally descending into Port Erin.
    (Around 7 miles. Ascent 400m / Descent 400m).

  4. Day 4

    Glen Maye to Ballasalla – we start from Glen Maye and follow the Bayr ny Skeddan (Herring Road) at first through forestry plantation and then out into open country with extensive views across attractive pasture and moorland. We ascend to the foot of South Barrule and then make our way to Ballasalla along country lanes and through Silverdale Glen. Perhaps catch the steam train back to Douglas.
    (Around 8 miles. Ascent 360m / Descent 415m).

  5. Day 5

    There will be one free day on this holiday to spend time as you please. You could take the opportunity and ride the Mountain Railway to the summit of Snaefell, possibly stopping at the Laxey Wheel on the return. Or you could take the steam train to Castletown, the old capital of the island and visit the medieval Castle Rushen; one of the most complete castles in the British Isles. You could also take the bus and visit historic Peel with its two cathedrals, St Patricks Isle and Peel Castle.

  6. Day 6

    Niarbyl to Port Erin - a splendid walk starting on Niarbyl beach and then climbing, at first steeply then more steadily, on cliff paths up on to open moorland offering spectacular views down across the southern part of the island and the Calf of Man.
    (Around 8 miles. Ascent 630m /Descent 650m).

  7. Day 7

    Greeba Bridge to Peel – a walk along the Steam Heritage Trail, the former railway line that ran from Douglas to Peel. We leave the trail and visit St Johns to view Tynwald Hill, the site of the first parliament established by Norse settlers. From there a gradual ascent to the shoulder of Slieau Whallian and then down to Glen Maye and its spectacular waterfall. We then follow the undulating cliff top path, past Corrins Tower, before finishing in historic Peel.
    (Around 9.5 miles. Ascent 552m / Descent 607m).
    Alternatively, we could walk the coastal path from Glen Maye and have time to explore Peel in the afternoon.
    (Around 5 miles. Ascent 246m / Descent 309m).

  8. Day 8

    Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am.

Travel Details

Flights or ferry crossings

Transport Because of the wide choice of flights and airlines operating from UK regional airports to the Isle of Man, flights to and from the island’s Ronaldsway airport are not included in the holiday arrangements or charges. Ferry services also operate between Liverpool or Heysham and Douglas. Transfer from the airport or ferry terminal can easily be arranged independently on arrival. Inexpensive local buses operate between the airport and Douglas.

Local transport on the Isle of Man

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included - we include the cost of a 7 day Explorer ticket covering travel on IOM buses, trains, the Manx Electic Railway and horse trams. The Explorer ticket will be issued to you by your tour leader at the hotel.

Arrival and departure transfers

The hotel is 10 miles from the airport and 1 mile from the ferry terminal. Take a look at the IOM bus timetables for travel between the airport and Douglas.

Buses between the airport and Douglas operate about every 20 minutes and the journey  takes about 30 minutes; there is a bus stop about 50 yards from the hotel. The validity of the Explorer ticket included in the holiday price also means that it can also be used to cover the return bus transfer from Douglas to the airport. Taxis are also available.

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The Welbeck Hotel, Douglas

The family run and highly rated three-star Welbeck Hotel is just 100 yards from Douglas’ Central Promenade.

This elegant Victorian style building has modern comfortable, well decorated and appointed rooms, pleasant conservatory restaurant and a cocktail bar.

Guests can also enjoy the local health club, with swimming pool and spa, which is only a five minute walk away.

All bedrooms are en-suite and have high speed Wi-Fi and digital television with satellite channels. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Accommodation is on a half board with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotels well reviewed restaurant. Picnic lunches are not included but can easily be purchased locally.


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