The Isle of Man
Beneath the reserved façade of the Isle of Man is an island steeped in myth and mystery that really packs a punch as a coach holiday destination.
The ‘Jewel of the Irish Sea’ has a unique charm, characterised by its beautifully preserved past. It’s the perfect coach holiday destination for people who want to explore and uncover somewhere totally unique but without having to venture too far.
The island’s capital, Douglas, is a picturesque coastal town with a pretty seafront lined by exquisite Victorian hotels. The town has an expansive bay and all the traditional seaside pursuits you would expect, as well as plenty of bars and superb seafood restaurants. Port Erin also enjoyed a distinct seaside flavour, where days are typically spent having fun on the sand. Elsewhere, the island boasts many fascinating heritage sites waiting to be explored. A must visit on your coach break is Laxey Wheel, the largest Victorian waterwheel in the world which measure 77ft in diameter.
Other sites on the cultural path include the beautifully preserved white thatched cottages of Cregneash, which today act as a living museum, and the House of Manannan where you can uncover the island’s rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past. The ruins of Peel Castle, which lay on an island in the sea, are striking to say the least whilst Rushen Castle in Castletown, which overlooks the harbour, is one the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe.
The public transport on the island is steeped in heritage too, with an impressive collection of Victorian railways connecting the main towns. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the island’s landscape on the narrow gauge steam railway or take the Manx electric railway to the top of its highest peak, Snaefell, where on a clear day you can see England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Meanwhile, in Douglas you can enjoy a romantic ride on horse drawn tram, which has been operating since 1876 and is the oldest of its kind in the world.
Despite its gentle pace of life, in May every year it comes to life with the sound of roaring engines for the world-famous Isle of Man TT, which see riders race the island’s roads reaching speeds of 200mph.
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