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Hidden Corners of The Isle of Man

Explore the timeless beauty of the kingdom of the Isle of Man's magnificent coastline and rolling countryside of the interior.

  • Isle of Man

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Culture

    Landscape

  • Jul

    Sep

Moderate

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Tour codes: 72307

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Grade 5

This is a Grade 5 holiday which includes walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

This is a timelessly beautiful island containing a diverse landscape of rocky cliffs, long sandy beaches, open hill country and streams coursing through quaint beautiful glens cut into colourful hillsides of gorse and heather. We'll venture out to the wider parts of the island with spectacular scenery in all directions and views extending to the Cumbrian hills of the Lake District, Ireland's Mountains of Mourne and the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. We will take in some of the best sections of the 95 miles of the island's coastal path, ascend Snaefell by the mountain railway and walk along part of the Millennium Way. On each day, 7-10 miles of walking is covered with ascents of up to a maximum of about 650m although on several days ascents will be less than this.

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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover a timeless, beautiful and forgotten island.
  • Make use of the excellent transport & steam, electric mountain railways, horse drawn trams, vintage buses.
  • Take cliff walks with the wow factor.
  • Magnificent views from the highest peak of Snaefell.

Encircled by the wild Irish Sea, on the Isle of Man you are amidst sweeping coastlines, gentle rolling hills, leafy valleys and hidden coves. As a walker you'll reach the hidden corners others may miss.

From the highest peak, Snaefell, views extend over the water to the Cumbrian hills of the Lake District, Ireland’s Mountains of Mourne and the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. Inland paths lead you through ancient woodland glens where mosses and lichens grow thick on twisted trunks and weathered rocks.

The ruins of once mighty fortresses feature at coastal settlements like Peel and Castletown. You will also find some of the darkest night skies in the British Isles, making the Isle of Man a spectacular place to stargaze. A green jewel glittering in the Irish Sea, the island often shrouded in mist – a veil said to have been cast as a protective cloak by the sea god Manannan. Lift the veil on this Celtic nation and you will find tales and legends run even deeper.

Expect to come across many of the island’s curiosities on the walks and take time to explore independently on your one free day. There’s the Laxey Wheel, the world’s largest working water wheel, wild wallabies, four-horned Loaghtan Sheep introduced by the Vikings, horse-drawn trams and the Manx cat.



  • En suite four-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • Seven day Go Explore card for all of your transport needs to get around the island
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at the Mannin Hotel in Douglas. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner.

Transfer Time = 30 minutes

Day 2

Fairy Cottage to Douglas

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 - 5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    438/456m

Take the Manx Electric Railway or bus to Fairy Cottage where the first walk starts and walk inland over pleasant meadows and down country lanes and tracks. Pass by Lonan Old Church (St Adamnans) and through the delightful Victorian pleasure ground of Groudle Glen back to your hotel in Douglas.

Day 3

Port St Mary to Bradda Head

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 - 9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    730m

Today you start at Port Erin and walk a circular route mainly following tracks and lanes, footpaths, and a section of the Raad-ny-Foillan (RNF) coastal footpath. Taking in Milner’s Tower situated on Bradda Head which was built in 1871. A photograph of Milner’s Tower on Bradda Head won the Kodak World’s Best Photograph in 1931.

Day 4

Snafell to Laxley

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.5 - 7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    160/700m

Take Manx Electric Railway from Douglas to Laxey main station then change to the SMR to Snaefell summit café. The group will take time on this walk to view the surrounding views from the summit of Snafell. There will also be chance to visit Laxey Glen and Mill, the Laxey Wheel and the Miners’ Statue to learn about the Laxey Mines disaster.

Day 5

Douglas - free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

There will be one free day on this holiday to spend time as you please. You could take the opportunity to visit the Manx Museum which is a short walk away from the hotel. Admission is free of charge with donations gratefully received. There is a good introductory film, galleries on social history, natural history, archaeology, military history and the Vikings. Or you could take the steam train to Castletown, the old capital of the island and visit the medieval Castle Rushen; one of the most complete castles in the British Isles. You could also take the steam train to Peel with its two cathedrals, St Patricks Isle and Peel Castle and perhaps visit the House of Mannanan; an interactive museum which focuses on the rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past. 

Day 6

St Johns to Glen Maye to Peel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650/700m

This walk climbs Slieau Whallian and then descends to Glen Maye via Arrasey plantation. The route continues on the Bayr-ny-Skeddan (the Herring Way) and onto the Raad-ny-Foillan (the Way of the Gull coastal footpath) to Peel. There will be the opportunity to visit Corins Tower and Peel Castle should you wish to do so.

Day 7

Santon to Castletown

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    12 - 13 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500m

Your final day's walk is following a linear route, mainly the Raad-ny-Foillan. You'll then follow the coastal path around the rugged Langness peninsula where in 1832 a ship with Irish migrants was lost. Continue to Castletown and on a clear day there are coastal views towards Cumbria and North Wales. You can return to Douglas by steam train.

Day 8

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. 

We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

20th Jul 2024 - 27th Jul 2024 (7 Nights)

21st Sep 2024 - 28th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Flights or ferry crossings

Because of the wide choice of flights and airlines operating from UK regional airports to the Isle of Man, flights to and from the island’s Ronaldsway airport are not included in the holiday arrangements or charges. Ferry services also operate between Liverpool or Heysham and Douglas. Transfer from the airport or ferry terminal can easily be arranged independently on arrival. Inexpensive local buses operate between the airport and Douglas.

Local transport on the Isle of Man

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included - we include the cost of a seven day Go Explore ticket covering travel on IOM buses, trains, the Manx Electric Railway and horse trams. The Explorer ticket will be issued to you by your tour leader at the hotel.

Arrival and departure transfers

The hotel is 10 miles from the airport and one mile from the ferry terminal. Take a look at the IOM bus timetable for travel between the airport and Douglas.

Buses between the airport and Douglas operate about every 20 minutes and the journey takes about 30 minutes; there is a bus stop about 50 yards from the hotel. The validity of the Explorer ticket included in the holiday price also means that it can also be used to cover the return bus transfer from Douglas to the airport. Taxis are also available.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Mannin Hotel

The Mannin Hotel is considered a fairly new addition to the Isle of Man, which opened in 2016. The hotel was built on the site of the original Mannin and Broadway hotels, dating back to the 1880s. The hotel has tastefully kept most of the Victorian heritage with the new build, incorporating modern features. 

The hotel is a very good quality four-star hotel. All 54 bedrooms have air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, safe, tea & coffee making facilities, iron & board and toiletries. The Liberties Restaurant & Lounge is the venue for your breakfasts and evening meals, where you will enjoy home made food in a beautiful atmosphere. 

The Mannin Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the Isle of Man, situated in Douglas, only a short walk to the Manx Museum. The airport is approximately eight miles from the hotel. If driving to the hotel, there is free parking available on a first come, first served basis. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 holiday which includes walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

This is a timelessly beautiful island containing a diverse landscape of rocky cliffs, long sandy beaches, open hill country and streams coursing through quaint beautiful glens cut into colourful hillsides of gorse and heather. We'll venture out to the wider parts of the island with spectacular scenery in all directions and views extending to the Cumbrian hills of the Lake District, Ireland's Mountains of Mourne and the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. We will take in some of the best sections of the 95 miles of the island's coastal path, ascend Snaefell by the mountain railway and walk along part of the Millennium Way. On each day, 7-10 miles of walking is covered with ascents of up to a maximum of about 650m although on several days ascents will be less than this.

Walks & Excursions

In our week we'll explore this island-kingdom's coastline and interior rolling countryside. The Isle of Man, home of the mythical sea god Manannan, and jewel of the Irish Sea is just 32 miles long by 12 miles wide. It is divided from north to south by a ridge of hills, whose highest peak is Snaefell at 621m, and from east to west by a valley running from Peel to Douglas, the island's capital.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Flights to and from the island’s Ronaldsway airport are not included in the holiday arrangements or charges. Carriers such as British Airways and easyJet all fly to the Isle of Man from various airports within the UK.

You can also book a ferry from either Liverpool or Heysham to Douglas through carriers such as Manx Ferries, Steam Packet Ferries and Heysham Ferries.

Transfers: from the airport or ferry terminal can be arranged independently on arrival and are not part of the holiday charge.  You can take a taxi from the airport or the ferry terminal to the hotel. Alternatively you can take the number 1 or 2 bus directly outside the airport which provides a regular service and will stop approximately 50m from the hotel entrance (Queens Prom). The buses run every 20 minutes during the day and the fare is around £3.00 each way.

You may wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com

Route planning to and from mainland regional airports:

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel's restaurant. Picnic lunches are not included but can easily be purchased locally.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Ordnance Survey Landranger map Series
No. 95 Isle of Man (1:50,000)

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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