Island Highlights & Heritage Rail Tour
In this tour you will experience all the main sights and delights of the Island with rides on historic steam and electric trains dating back to 1870’s. It takes in the scenery, coastline, villages, attractions and places of historical significance in all four corners of the Island including our only mountain.
The tour starts at Douglas Head with commanding views of the capital and the surrounding countryside and hills. Continuing along the Victorian Promenade it heads along the East Coast road following the tracks of the Manx Electric Railway (dating back to 1890’s) to Laxey Station. Here you will board the electric tram to Snaefell passing the historic Laxey Wheel (the world’s largest working wheel. After a 25 minutes stop, with a café at the summit, the tram returns to Laxey where the tour resumes. There is a visit to the remote Old Lonan Church with Celtic crosses from 6th Century.
Returning to Douglas to stop at the TT Grandstand where the world's oldest motorcycle races start. Heading west to the Viking site and St John’s. Onwards to Peel, arguably the Most Manx town, where the historic castle, fishing harbour and kipper smoke house are the highlights. Driving along the coast road to wonderful views at Niarbyl. The trip then climbs over hill and moorland and descends to the Victorian sea-side town of Port Erin. Further south it passes Cregneash, a Manx crofting village preserved as it was 150 years ago and reaches The Sound - perhaps the most beautiful spot on the Island.
On the way back there is a stop at Castletown the historic capital and location of 13th century Castle Rushen. Then a drop off at the station to catch the 1874 steam train back to Douglas.
This is a full-day tour (approx. 7½ hours) starting at (or before) 10am, with 12 stops at points of interest. Available April - September. Price is £280 per car (exc. rail fares, approx. £15 pp).