Best of the Isle of Man Guided Trail Holiday
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Enjoy cliff top walking, quaint seaside villages, high peaks and sandy beaches following the best of the Raad ny Foillan or Way of the Gull. Enjoy spectacular sections including Port St Mary to Port Erin. Visit Castletown and Peel and enjoy dramatic cliff coastal scenery. Optional trip up the highest mountain Snaefell either by foot or train.
- 7 nights’ full board en-suite accommodation
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ trails leader
- All transport on walking days
Ascot Hotel, Douglas - 7nts
The Ascot Hotel is a warm, friendly and contemporary hotel which enjoys a fantastic location just 100 yards off Douglas Sea Front and Promenade.
All hotel rooms are en-suite with overhead shower, tea and coffee tray, remote control Flat Screen TV, WIFI, iron & ironing board, in-room safes and hairdryer. A free tea & coffee machine for all guests can be found in the restaurant.
Check-in is available from 1500
Day 1: Arrival Day
Check in at The Ascot Hotel is available from 1500 hours and you will meet your trail leader prior to your evening meal for a welcome meeting.
Day 2: Glen Mona to Ramsey
The first part of the walk is a delightful descent through Glen Mona to Port Cornaa. Our second point of interest is the Ballafayle Cairn and a Quaker Burial ground. This section, and down to Port Mooar, is on a narrow minor road with delightful displays of flowers at most times of the year. You now head for Maughold Head and its associated church, where it's well worth stopping to look at the historically important Celtic crosses. The headland and onward path to Ramsey provide coastal scenery, giving you views over to the Lake District and Scotland on a clear day. At Ramsey you'll have time to explore, before taking the tram back to Douglas. 10 miles (16km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Day 3: To ancient Castletown
This section of the coast path skirts around coves and follows beaches, to end at Castletown, the old capital of the Isle of Man, with winding narrow streets, medieval castle and harbour. Taking in Santon Head, Port Soldrick and passing the airport, we head to Derby Haven, once the island's chief fishing port, before we explore the peninsula of Llangness and St Michael’s island; a small grassy appendage with Derby fort and ruins of St Michael’s chapel. 10½ miles (16.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Day 4: Port St Mary to Port Erin
We leave Port St Mary with it pretty harbour and climb through patchwork pastureland with great views ahead and behind. We pass The Anvil and Sugar Loaf and The Chasms with breathtaking scenery unfolding as we head towards the Calf of Man and Spanish Head, the most southerly point on the Raad ny Foillan. Dropping down into Calf Sound, where if we're lucky we might see some seals, we continue on the undulating coastal path with views of Braddha Head and Port Erin. Port Erin had its heyday in Victorian times and has a picturesque bay and refreshments and shops. 8 miles (13km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.
Day 5: Free day
Today no walks are organised allowing you to explore on your own. However there is an option to walk or take the mountain railway to the top of Snaefell.
Day 6: West Coast to Niarbyl
From Fleshwick Bay we will have a couple of significant climbs today but the dramatic coastal cliff scenery should make it worth every step. Cronk ny Arrey Laa with its prehistoric burial mound on top, and Millennium Cross is the highest point on the Raad ny Foillan at 1,434 feet above sea level. We are heading for Niarbyl Bay with its pretty thatched cottage used in various film sets, and it's welcoming café. 7½ miles (11.5 km) with 2,500 feet (750m) of ascent and descent.
Day 7: Tynwald to Peel
We start our walk with a visit to St John's Church and Tynwald Hill, where we find out about their significance in the governance of the island. The walk takes a pleasant rising traverse around the southern flank of Slieau Whallian, through pleasant pasture land down to the pretty village of Glen Maye. The descent through Glen Maye is like walking through the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Its beautiful sheltered, fern-filled woodland include some relics of the ancient forests that once covered the island. The walk along the cliffs is followed by a spectacular descent into Peel, where we end our week. Here we should have time to explore the castle and parts of the town, as well as taking the opportunity to buy some of the famous Manx kippers as an edible souvenir of your holiday. 9½ miles (15.5km) with 950 feet (290m) of ascent and descent.
Day 8: Departure Day
If you have a National Trust and/or English Heritage card it is advised that you bring it, as this will give you discounts at some of the many historic or natural sights.
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors.
Flying is the quickest and, for many, the most convenient way to reach the Isle of Man. Flights operate from airports all over the British Isles - see www.easyjet.com, www.ba.com, or www.flybe.com for timetables, fares and bookings.
The 9 mile journey from the airport to the Ascot Hotel can be made by taxi (cost around £22 per taxi) or bus. Bus No 1 or No 2 stops 50 metres from the hotel at the Queens Promenade. Buses run approx every 20 mins and cost around £3.60. See Isle of Man buses for timetables.
All passengers aged 16 and over are required to provide photographic ID at the check-in desk and at the departure gate.
Choose between the conventional ferry, the Ben-my-Chree, which operates all year from Birkenhead, Heysham, Dublin and Belfast or the fast craft, Manannan, which runs between March and November from Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast.
All ferries are operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
The Ascot Hotel is around 1 mile from the ferry terminal. There is a taxi rank outside the terminal, or frequent buses along the promenade.
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Dates & Prices
|6 Jul 2019||ZMLDW - Best of the Isle of Man||7||£825.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Single room: £175 (complete holiday)
- Non member associate fee: £10 per person
If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead.