Isle Of Man Walking Holiday
NEW HOLIDAY Join us this Summer 2018 for our new Isle of Man walking holiday as we explore fantastic inland and coastal trails on the island. Rich in scenery, heritage and historic landmarks, the Isle of Man offers a magical setting for a walking and sightseeing holiday.
Particular holiday highlights include a trip on-board the Manx Electric Mountain Railway, a visit to see the Great Laxey Wheel, steam railway journey and guided walks including Snaefell, the islands highest mountain. A visit to the Isle of Man would not be complete without exploring the idyllic coastline of Port Erin, which we will on one of the walk days.
- Fully guided walking holiday
- Stunning inland and coastal scenery
- Scenic guided walks
- Famous landmarks including the Great Laxey Wheel
- Electric tram and steam railway journey
- Enjoyable social evenings
Accommodation at Best Western Palace (4 star)
Accommodation for the Isle Of Man walking holiday is the 4 star Best Western Palace Hotel located on the central promenade in Douglas, the Isle of Man’s capital and largest town. For the holiday we have reserved a number of twin rooms, and the package includes 4 nights with breakfast, based on two people sharing a twin room. The Palace Hotel includes a swimming pool, restaurants, bars, leisure facilities and is within easy reach of the ferry terminal (1 mile away) and the airport (10 miles away).
Prior To Booking
Please check the ‘Trip Notes’ tab for all essential information including travel insurance and travel to the Isle of Man, including Ferry and Air information.
A deposit of £75 per person or full payment is required at the time of booking. To pay a £75 deposit please select the ‘Direct Bank Transfer’ payment option at the checkout.
Thursday – Arrival Day & Welcome Evening
Hotel check in is from 3pm and the Welcome Evening is 7pm at the Palace hotel. If arriving to the hotel early, please feel free to come and leave your luggage at the hotel. The Welcome Evening is a chance for everyone on the walking holiday to meet and the Country Adventures tour leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the booking confirmation will detail everything you need to know about the holiday.
For the evenings after each walking day, there will be an optional social evening planned by the Country Adventures tour leader, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
Friday - Walk Day & Electric Tram Ride
Grade 2 – Snaefell Summit & Great Laxey Wheel 8.5 miles (14.3km), with under 1500 ft (457m) of ascent
Today we take the Manx electric mountain railway to the summit of Snaefell, the highest mountain and the only summit higher than 2,000 feet on the Isle of Man, with extensive views towards Scotland and the Cumbrian fells. The mountain railway is an experience in itself but then from the summit our guided walk begins as we descend the mountain to enjoy a stunning coastal walk that also takes in a visit to see the Great Laxey waterwheel, a feat of Victorian engineering and ingenuity and the largest surviving waterwheel of its kind in the world.
Saturday - Walk Day
Grade 2 – Tynwald To Peel 8 miles (14.3km), with under 1300 ft (390m) of ascent
We travel to Tynwald today and begin our walk from Tynwald Hill. The four-tiered shape of Tynwald Hill make it one of the Isle of Man’s most distinctive landmarks, it also signals the islands independence as a self-governing crown dependency and plays host to an open air meeting of the Island’s parliament once a year. Inland footpaths and coastal trails are features of the walk today as we make our way to Peel, the picturesque seaside town and small fishing port, also home to Peel Castle.
Sunday - Walk Day & Steam Train Ride
Grade 2 – Port Erin to Port St Mary 8 miles (13km), with 1300 ft (390m) of ascent
In the morning we will travel from Douglas to Port Erin by steam train. Port Erin (see the main holiday photo) and Port St Mary are truly picturesque and the undulating coastal walk includes the coastal path to Spanish Head, views of Braddha Head, and a visit to the Cregneish Folk Village. The walk should make for a very special day with breath taking views.
Monday - Departure Day
Check out of the hotel is 11am and depending on your travel arrangements back home there may be an opportunity to enjoy a half day walk in Douglas.
The accommodation for the walking holiday is the four star Best Western Palace Hotel, Douglas, Isle of Man. Rooms are twin rooms based on two people sharing and the package includes 4 nights bed with breakfast. The hotel offers evening meals and is also very central to take advantage of local amenities and alternative local restaurants. The hotel has a complimentary swimming pool and leisure facilities that guests are welcome to use.
Food & Drink
Meals included during the holiday: All breakfasts
For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route.
On each evening after the days walk, an optional social evening is organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
For guided walking tours that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. The Isle of Man walking holiday also includes a ride on the Manx Electric Railway and travel by steam railway. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the tour price.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.
Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.
Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.
Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification any of the equipment requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Travel insurance is an essential requirements for this holiday. The Isle of Man and the UK have a reciprocal health agreement in place where UK residents visiting the Isle of Man have the assurance of receiving free emergency healthcare. Although treatment is free, seeing a GP for routine medical conditions or repatriation (return travel to someone’s home country) is not part of the reciprocal agreement. Because of this, all UK residents who travel to the Isle of Man should ensure that they have adequate insurance in place for visiting a GP for routine medical conditions while on holiday, but also in the event of repatriation being required.
We recommend that you protect yourself with suitable travel insurance when undertaking adventure events / tours / holidays which cover you for the activities you partake in. But also, a policy that has holiday cancellation insurance to cover you if your tour is cancelled, or you cannot make it to the trip, due to adverse weather conditions.
– By Air
The Isle of Man Airport (Ronaldsway) is 10 miles (16.1km) from the hotel, approximately 20 minutes’ drive away by bus or taxi. The local bus No.1 or No.2 stops outside the Palace Hotel. To find out more flight information visit Fly to the Isle of Man.
– By Sea
The Isle of Man Sea Terminal is just over 1 mile (1.9km) from the hotel. The Steam Packet Company operates ferry services to the Isle Of Man from Heysham, Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast. From the UK mainland there is a conventional ferry (Ben-my-Chree) or fast craft (Manannan), please check Heysham and Liverpool for operating schedules. For sailings visit Sail to the Isle of Man.
– Local Buses
It is very easy getting around the island by taxi and public transport. The No.1 / No.2 bus service connects Douglas with the main regions on the Isle of Man.
Tour Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Welcome Evening – 7pm at the Palace Hotel
Walking Days – 9.30am at the hotel lobby, Palace Hotel
Address: Best Western Palace Hotel, Central Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM2 4NA