Staying at The Ascot Hotel
6 DAYS | 20th July 2021
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 scenery is wild, made of heather clad hills, wooded glens, rocky headlands and secluded coves.
Our base for the tour is The Ascot Hotel; warm and friendly, it 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. 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 trip to our hotel.
Today we meet our guide for a full day tour of the island with the chance to see all the beauty and variety of the Manx landscape, including 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 or take a look inside the Gaiety Theatre, designed by the same architect as the Buxton Opera House, or perhaps stroll along the prom or browse the shops. 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 with a to visit the Old House of Keys or the Nautical Museum. The entrance cost is nominal however if you are a NT Member the entrance is free.
This morning we visit Milntown Gardens in Ramsey. We spend the morning exploring the 15 beautiful acres with everything from ornamental gardens to water features and enchanted woodlands. The microclimate from the gulf stream and the shelter belt from the hills behind, enable Milntown’s grounds to be filled with plant delights all within a scenic landscape. After all that exploring why not visit the café for morning coffee? We return to the hotel around lunchtime and the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.
After an early breakfast 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.
Tour includes: Ferry crossing, 5 nights dinner bed and breakfast, Guide for tour of the Island, entrance to Cregneash and Milntown Gardens.
£645.00 per person sharing twin/double
£80.00 single room supplement
£51.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT