Staying at The Ascot Hotel
5 DAYS | 13th August 2019
The cats have no tails, the sheep have four horns and the Coat of Arms has three legs; the Isle of Man may just be a short distance from the British mainland but it has a unique character that sets it apart. The pace of life is less hurried and the air is cleaner, as the ravages of industry have largely passed the island by. The scenery is a wild one, made of heather clad hills, wooded glens, rocky headlands and secluded coves.
Our base for the tour is The Ascot Hotel; it is warm, friendly and enjoys a good location. Just 200 yards up hill off Douglas seafront and promenade. All of Douglas’ main tourist sites such as the Manx Museum, the Gaiety Theatre and shopping centre are just a short walk away. The hotel boasts a relaxing bar where guests can unwind with a drink and enjoy Mackey’s restaurant which offers a selection of traditional Manx dishes as well as cuisine from around the world. All rooms are en-suite with TV, WiFi and courtesy tea trays.
We travel north to Heysham near Morecambe, where we board the early afternoon sailing to Douglas. We then take a short drive to our hotel and our base for the next four nights.
Today we meet our guide for a full day tour of the island with the chance to see the beauty and variety of the Manx landscape, including both Tynwald, the oldest parliament in the world and the famous Laxey Wheel.
A day at leisure in Douglas. Why not take a trip on the narrow gauge steam train or perhaps a ride on a horse drawn tram? Visit the museum and learn the history of the Isle of Man. Take a look inside the Gaiety Theatre, it was designed by Frank Matcham who also designed the Buxton Opera house, or perhaps stroll along the prom or browse the shops. There is lots to see and do and the choice is yours!
Our tour today takes us south to the Calf of Man and Sound at the very tip of the Island. Take time for morning coffee before our visit to Cregneash, a living village showcasing traditional Manx Crofting Life. We return to the hotel via Castletown where you have the chance to visit the Old House of Keys or the Nautical Museum. The entrance cost is nominal however if you are a National Trust Member the entrance is free.
After an early continental breakfast (because of the tides the ferry is earlier than usual) we take the short journey to Douglas and board the boat for our morning crossing to Heysham. Once in Heysham we head for the motorway network for our journey home calling at Barton Grange Garden Centre for coffee. We aim to arrive in Macclesfield late afternoon.
£529.00 per person sharing twin/double
£60.00 single room supplement
£28.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT