Day 1: Failt ort ~ Welcome! Check-in to your B&B accommodation, where your reservation will be waiting for you. Meet your guide and fellow Adventurers at the B&B at 11 am and begin the day with a walking tour of Douglas. Then explore the city with a free afternoon: visit the Great Union Camera Obscura across from the seaport, immerse yourself in Manx history and culture at the Manx Museum and the nearby iMuseum, or enjoy a leisurely ride through the city on the Douglas Horse Trams. Next, we take the Manx Electric Railway to the village of Laxey to visit Laxey Woolen Mills, the Great Laxey Wheel and the Neolithic tomb at King Orry’s Grave. Finally, we take the Snaefell Mountain Railway to the highest point on the island for a sunset dinner before returning by the electric train to Douglas. Sleep in Douglas (3 nights). Travel: 2½ hrs. Walking: medium.
Day 2: The North and West After breakfast we'll pack up and board our mini-bus and head to the west of the island. Our first stop will be at Tynwald Hill in St. John’s, the outdoor site of the oldest continuous parliamentary body in the world, then on to Peel Castle and the House of Manannan in Peel, where we’ll explore Mann’s Celtic and Norse past. We then head north to Spooyt Vane Waterfall, which features a ruined medieval chapel, followed by the carved stone crosses at Kirk Michael parish church. Next we head to Grove Museum of Victorian Life in Ramsey and on to Cashtal yn Ard, the largest Neolithic tomb in the British Isles, before returning to Douglas for dinner. Travel: 2 hrs. Walking: medium.
Day 3: The South This morning we’ll board the Manx Steam Railway, heading to Port Erin - the end of the line, and the island’s Railway Museum, before stepping back in time to Meayll Hill passage grave and the traditional Manx farming and crofting way of life at Cregneash. After jumping back on the steam railway, we’ll disembark for a free afternoon in Castletown, the island’s former capital: visit Castle Rushen, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval castles, experience the island’s maritime past at the Nautical Museum, immerse yourself in 19th Century Manx political life at the Old House of Keys, or steep yourself in 8,000 years of history on St. Michael’s Isle. Finally, we board the steam railway for our return to Douglas for a farewell dinner. Travel: 2½ hrs. Walking: medium.
Day 4: Hee'm oo ~ Tour Over After Breakfast Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. You can fly out of Ronaldsway International Airport near Castletown, take the ferry to Wales, England or Ireland, or enjoy a few extra days getting to know the Isle of Man. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning. Gura mie ayd as hee'm oo ~ thanks for joining us and we hope to see you again soon!