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Isle of ManIsle of Man Coast highlights – 7 days

Self guided walk holiday - highlights Isle of Man

Duration: 6 nights/ 7 days
Grade 2 Grade 2 - Moderate
Price: £625.00

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Holiday Details

  • Total Distance - 58 miles
  • Self Guided
  • Place to Place
  • Maps provided
  • 7 Days Walking
  • 6 Nights B & B
  • Free loan GPS
  • Twin Share Basis
  • Breakfast Provided
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Loan of GPS for holiday
  • Baggage transfers
  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • Holiday Options
  • Single room supplement - £240.00
  • Solo walker supplement - £380.00 (price includes single room supplement) please call to book

Isle of Man Coast highlights - Self Guided

The island sits in the Irish Sea surrounded by the British Isles and when you land everything seems familiar but look closer and you will discover a unique place.

It is a self-governing Crown Dependency and not part of the EU. It issues its own currency (but thankfully this is interchangeable with Stirling) and stamps, there are red telephone boxes that work – which is handy as your mobile thinks it’s abroad and they have very sensible laws about the brewing of beer. There is also a strong presence of the Celtic and Viking cultures.
This highlights holiday takes in the best sections of the coastal walk and also builds in a day to visit the summit of Snaefell Mountain using the Snaefell Mountain.

At just over 2,000 feet you get a stunning view. It is a well-known saying in the Isle of Man that on a clear day six kingdoms can be seen from the top: the Isle of Man, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Heaven.

You can fly to the island or travel across to the Isle of Man on the ferry.

What better way to explore the best sections of Isle of Man coast Path than by walking the trail at your own pace with this self-guided trip.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive Douglas
Day 2 – Castletown to Port Erin - 11 miles (17km)
Day 3 – Port Erin to Peel - 15 miles (24 km)
Day 4 – Peel to Jurby – 16 miles (26.3 km)
Day 5 – Jurby to Ramsey - 13 miles (21 km)
Day 6 – Snaefell Summit - on the tram
Day 7 – Departure day

Please note:

Due to the popularity of motorsport on the Isle of Man we are unable to take bookings during the following periods:

20th May – 16th June - Isle of Man TT
15th August – 5th September 2018 - Manx Grand Prix

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    Day : 1 - Arrive Douglas

    Overnight stay

    If you arrive by plane (Ronaldsway airport) you can get to Douglas via Taxi (20 minutes) or bus (35 minutes - £5.70 one way).


    If you arrive by ferry (from Heysham, Liverpool, Birkenhead, Belfast or Dublin) it is a short walk from the ferry terminal to the first nights’ accommodation or a very short taxi journey.


    Settle into your accommodation and perhaps enjoy trying an ale in the local pub.

    Day : 2 - Castletown to Port Erin

    13 miles (17km)

    We will pick you up from Douglas and transfer you to Castletown.


    From Castletown the day starts gently enough with a stroll along the coast into the lovely town of Port St Mary. Passing the harbour headland you start to climb to part of the coast known as the Chasms. From here you can peer down these clefts in the cliffs with the sea crashing below and cliff rising above.

    You now walk along a very dramatic section of the coast around The Sound. The cliffs now rise and the scenery is dramatic to say the least.


    It is worth visiting the Sound Visitor Centre to escape the wind and check out the tea and cake where from inside there are fine views over to the Calf of Man an island just across a narrow gap. Once refreshed you can walk the remaining section of cliff path before dropping dramatically into the bay at Port Erin and to your overnight accommodation.

    Day : 3 - Port Erin to Peel

    16 miles (26 km)

    Leaving Port Erin you quickly gain height up to a great viewpoint at Bradda Head. The first half of the day you climb up and over three distinct hills of Bradda, Lhiattee ny Beinee and the highest point on the coastal path of Cronk ny Arrey Laa at just over 1400 feet (426m).

    If the weather is good you can enjoy magnificent views all around and in the distance, make out the Mountains of Mourne in Ireland. If the weather was bad this wouldn’t be a place to get caught but there is an alternative lower path around the hilly section.

    Leaving the summit, you need to keep a close eye on the map and ground as there is a tricky descent off the top down to almost sea level on the coast. An exposed section of path led to an alternate route to the pretty Niarbyl Bay (and café!).

    From Niabyl Bay we will pick you up and run you a couple of miles up the road to Glen Maye.


    From Glen Maye it is a lovely route back to the coast which you follow for the final 3 miles before arriving into Peel after a varied day and looking forward to a good evening meal. You will be staying in Peel this evening.

    Day : 4 - Peel to Jurby

    13 miles (21 km)

    Today the route split in about half along and old railway track and half along the beach.


    Leaving Peel you will soon pick up the railway track which winds its way along the coast, sometimes right on the cliff top with delightful views out across the sea.


    At Glen Moar you drop onto the beach and walked below boulder clay cliffs if the tides are right. If not there is an alternate around to Kirk Michael.


    If you have time the church in Kirk Michael is certainly worth a visit. If you get chance you will see the dozen or more fine examples of crosses and slabs dating back to the 7-11th century. Decorated with a mixture of Christian and pagan symbols.


    The next 12 km presents no problem along the wide sand flats to Jurby.


    For two nights you will be staying in Ramsey on the east coast and we will transfer you over there at the end of this days walking.

    Day : 5 - Jurby to Ramsey

    16 miles (26 km)

    After a short transfer we will drop you off at Blue Point.


    This is a very different day as you are walking north east along the flat coast up to Ayre point and then turning suddenly south to Ramsey.

    This day you walk up to the Point of Ayre following a route just inside the dunes across a broad plain of heath all the way to the lighthouse at Point of Ayre.


    From here you swing south and it is wide sand flats and marching 10k (6 miles) back to Ramsey.

    Day : 6 - Snaefell Summit

    on the tram

    This is a day to rest those weary legs head up to the highest point on the Isle of Man, Snaefell Summit. We provide you with a day pass so you can use the unique tram service on the Island.


    You will first catch the Manx Electric Railway from Ramsey to Laxey (45 minute journey) then you change onto the Snaefell Mountain Railway for the 30 minute 4 mile journey to the summit of the Island.


    At just over 2,000 feet you get a stunning view. It is a well-known saying in the Isle of Man that on a clear day six kingdoms can be seen from the top: the Isle of Man, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Heaven.


    There is a café on the summit which is in the old Snaefell Mountain Summit Hotel.


    Then you will catch the Snaefell Mountain Railway to Douglas.


    We give you a 1 day travel card which will enable travel around on this day.


    Your overnight accommodation will be in Douglas.

    Day : 7 - Departure day

    This day you will depart the Island after a great journey around a special Island.

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    WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES

    (A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
    (B) Route map, guide book and trip notes specific to your trip, including emergency contact numbers.
    (C) Luggage transfers between accommodation.
    (D) 1 day travel pass for day 6
    (E) Transfers as mentioned above
    (F) 24 hour emergency back-up service.

    WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES

    (A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers.
    (B) Personal clothing and equipment.
    (C) Insurance
    (D) Lunch and Evening meals.
    (E) Single room option (if required, see single supplement)
    (F) Pick up and drop off at airports or sea terminal.

    STAFF

    The Shepherds Walks Representative will :
    A) Provide you with maps, guidebook and talk you through the route over the phone if you request this.
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    C) Arrange the transportation of your luggage.
    D) Be available should you have any problems during your trip.

    We are here to offer you the best holiday you could ever imagine and we aim to do this through the personal service that we offer.

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    Can I add an rest day into my walking holiday?

    Yes you can at any point, just get in touch and we can discuss the best options for this trip.

    What walking equipment will I need for this trip?

    Good quality walking boots/shoes will be needed for the trip and given the normal weather conditions, appropriate outdoor clothing including waterproofs are recommended. More details will be provided in your pre-departure dossier.

    What is a Double, Twin and Single room?

    Room descriptions

    Double – One double bed for two people.

    Twin – Two single beds each for one person.

    Single – A room with a single bed in.

    I see I get 15% off any purchases at Cotswold Outdoor, how and where can I use this?

    Shepherds Walks Holidays have negotiated this special discount for you to use.

    Four weeks before your departure, when you receive all your holiday info you will also receive full information about how to get 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.

    This you can use In-store, Online, Click & Collect and Mail Order.

    What are the payment terms on the holiday and can I pay the holiday in instalments?

    A deposit is due at the time of booking and the remainder is due 6 weeks before departure date, but don’t worry we will send you a reminder 2 weeks before this is due.

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    Do I need travel insurance?

    If you are coming to the UK from overseas it is a condition of our tours that you are covered by medical and personal travel insurance that includes repatriation to your home country. If you are a UK resident medical and personal travel insurance is also recommended. If you have not organised appropriate insurance yet, please do so before you travel.

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