Douglas, Isle of Man

Introduction to Douglas, Isle of Man

The beautiful capital of the Isle of Man.

The magnificent sweep of Douglas Bay, against the background of green hills, has a charm hard to equal anywhere. Douglas was a pioneer in illuminations and at night presents a scene of spectacular beauty, never to be forgotten.

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ESCAPE THE TT BY TRIKE

  • Admire the beauty of the Isle of Man from a difference perfective
  • Take to the road on a specially designed three seater Trike
  • Enjoy a thrilling ride to the southern tip of the Island known as the Sound, a beautiful spot looking over to The Calf of Man
Activity Tour
Price£107.00 - £117.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Many of the roads on the Island have no speed limit, a factor that attracts many motorbike enthusiasts, but the emphasis on this tour is on enjoyment rather than high speed - although 30mph can feel more like 60mph on the trike when the wind is blowing through your hair!

The Isle of Man has a long history of motorcycle racing and each year the world’s finest road racers pit their skills against the public roads that form the legendary TT Circuit.   The TT races began in 1907 and they have long been considered one of the “greatest motorcycle sporting events of the world” attracting fans of the sport from all over the world. However this tour is not all about the TT Races, instead with your knowledgeable driver you will be able to escape the TT and enjoy a thrilling ride to the southern tip of the Island known as the Sound, a beautiful spot looking over to The Calf of Man.

Arriving at the Sound you can enjoy some free to admire enjoy the wonderful views. You may wish stop at the Visitors centre where you can observe the running film depicting life as it was on the calf of man. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There will be some walking involved on this tour. Please note that the trike will take. Motorcycle helmets, jackets, gloves and waterproofs will be provided. Please note that because of the TT, the roads will be busier than usual.  This tour is considered suitable for guests with walking difficulties however you must be able to board the trike unaided which can be tricky at times. This tour is non-refundable, please ensure you are confident you can undertake this tour before booking. 


HERITAGE TRAIL & SCENIC TOUR

  • Discover the history of Castletown and Tynwald
  • Admire the beautiful southern tip of the island
  • Explore Peel, which claims to be the world’s smallest city
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Journey through the fabulous scenery on the Isle of Man, home to stunning views over the coastal and inland landscapes. Discover the original capital of the island, Castletown, and visit Tynwald, where a parliament has been in existence since 979 AD.

You begin with a drive across the south east of the island, passing over the Fairy Bridge. It is considered bad luck to pass over this bridge without acknowledging the fairies known to be there. So make sure you think about this when crossing. Arriving in Castletown, whose origins date back to 1090, you can discover one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Its narrow streets and small fishing cottages demonstrate the ancient past of this townr. You will have some free time here to explore this delightful town, perhaps visiting the fabulous Castle Rushen, which is a fine example of a medieval castle.

Departing Castletown, you head for the southern tip of the island and the pretty bay at Port Erin, before travelling along the west coast to Peel. Enjoy some free time to explore this pretty town, with its lovely harbour and beach front promenade, overlooked by the castle and many quaint narrow streets. From Peel, you continue to Tynwald, the hill that is the location to the world’s oldest democratic parliament, which has run continuously since 979 AD. You will pass through the beautiful central valley area, known as the Plains of Heaven, on route back to Douglas.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves some walking to embark and disembark the coach - approximately 50 to 100 metres – and walking at your discretion during the free time in Castletown and Peel. There is also a photo stop at Tynwald where grassy terrain and inclined ground will be encountered. This tour may operate in a different order to that described.


HIGHLIGHTS & GREAT LAXEY WHEEL

  • Discover the beautiful Manx scenery – home to the TT races
  • Visit the picturesque village of Laxey, one of the prettiest locations on the Isle of Man
  • Have your camera ready as you admire the wondrous Lady Isabella waterwheel
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Admire the sights of the Isle of Man from your coach, before enjoying a short stop in Ramsey and viewing the Laxey waterwheel.

Travelling out of the town, you will head inland for a panoramic tour along the original course of the world famous TT (Tourist Trophy) motorcycle race. The scenery becomes wild and remote as you pause in the shadow of the island’s highest peak – Snaefell. Dropping down the east side of the island, you will reach Ramsey – a seaside town known for its wide bay and sandy beaches.

Rejoining your coach, you will soon reach the picturesque village resort of Laxey, one of the prettiest locations on the Isle of Man. This is the home of Lady Isabella, or the Great Laxey Wheel – the largest waterwheel in Europe. This enormous tribute to Victorian engineering was built in 1854 to pump water from the Laxey lead mines. You will feel dwarfed by the wheel’s 22 metre diameter. The visit here is a splendid opportunity for photographs, not only of the wheel itself but the beautiful Laxey valley and across to Snaefell Mountain. Lady Isabella is a significant character in the story of Man, and a major relic of the island’s industrial heritage.

TOUR DESRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There will be some walking involved on this tour – approximately 50 to 100 metres to and from the coach, walking at your discretion during the free time in Ramsey and around the Great Laxey Wheel. Grassy terrain and inclined ground will be encountered. This tour may operate in a different order to that described. 


HISTORIC MANX

  • Peek into the history of Man at Castletown and Rushen Castle
  • Step back in time with a ride on the Victorian railway
  • Admire  impressive views over the inland countryside 
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 3.75 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Enjoy a trip along the south east coast to the original capital of the island, Castletown, where you can discover the beautiful Rushen Castle and learn about its important role in the island’s history. The highlight of your tour is sure to be a journey on a traditional old train through the beautiful countryside of the Isle of Man.

Departing by coach from Douglas, you drive across the south east of the island, passing over the Fairy Bridge. Arriving at the town of Castletown, whose origins date back to 1090, you will be muted to discover one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Visit the fabulous Castle Rushen, considered to be the best example of a medieval castle in the British Isles. The exact date it was built is unknown, although it is believed to be around 1200. The Castle served as the residence of the last Norse King of Man, who died in 1266. Part of the castle was destroyed in a siege by Robert the Bruce in 1313, but was rebuilt by Sir William de Montacute in around 1344. Having explored the castle you can enjoy some free time to explore delightful Castletown.

The next part of your tour will be the highlight for many - from Castletown’s railway station you board your train on the 125 year old Victorian railway. The railway still uses much of the original rolling stock with passengers travelling in carriages pulled by the original engines that first worked the line in the 1890’s. From the train, you can enjoy very impressive views over the inland countryside. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves moderate walking – approximately 50 to 100 metres to embark and disembark the coach, uneven terrain and steps at the castle, walking at your discretion during the free time in Castletown and walking and steps to board the train. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. The train ride will last approximately 35 minutes. This tour may operate in reverse order and the train will not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests.


Isle of Man TT Race

Isle of Man TT - Option A - Noble Park Fanzone

  • Immerse yourself in the unique Isle of Man TT Road Race
  • Transfer to the Noble Park Fanzone to allow you to watch this highly charged event
Price£58.00 - REQUEST BASIS ONLY
DurationRaces approx. 2 hrs
LimitationLimited tickets - book by end January
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

The Isle of Man has a long history of motorcycle racing and each year the world’s finest road racers pit their skills against the 37¾ miles of public roads that form the legendary TT Circuit. The TT races began in 1907 and have long been considered one of the greatest motorcycle sporting events in the world, attracting fans of the sport from all over the globe.

During your visit in 2015, the Isle of Man will be hosting the TT (11.00 hrs Superbike TT Race & 14.00 hrs Sidecar TT Race) and we have various options available to you, in order to experience the event for yourself.

OPTION A

Noble Park Fanzone Shuttle

Experience the excitement and enjoy the atmosphere at the Noble Park Fanzone, which is located close to the main Grandstand, whilst watching the very best road racers from across the globe battling for the famous TT trophies. This location may offer access to the paddock walkabout prior to the first race as well as great photo opportunities of the riders’ celebrations.

A shuttle service will operate between the ship and St Ninians, with an easy walk from there to the Noble Park Fanzone. An allocated seat is included within the Fanzone stand.

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE TICKETS ARE NOW ON A REQUEST BASIS ONLY ***

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This venue offers great photo opportunities so do not forget your camera. Please be aware that with the thrill of motorsport there is also an element of risk and unavoidable accidents can happen – all spectators are present at their own risk. This event may be suitable for those with wheelchairs, but please contact us before booking to check and please note that all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. There will be walking at the venue. The terrain can also be uneven with inclines. Please note that refreshments are not included –  there is the opportunity to purchase food items at the venue. You may spend up to six hours at the event, which is outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather on the day. Toilet facilities are available. There will be a couple of non TT tours available, for those wanting to experience the sights of the island rather than the racing – details of these tours will be sent to you approximately eight weeks prior to the cruise departing.


Isle of Man TT Race

Isle of Man TT - Option B - Early Risers Roadside Shuttle

  • Immerse yourself in the unique Isle of Man TT Road Race
  • Transfer to one of the various viewing points to allow you to watch this highly charged event
Price£45.00
DurationRaces approx. 2 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

The Isle of Man has a long history of motorcycle racing and each year the world’s finest road racers pit their skills against the 37¾ miles of public roads that form the legendary TT Circuit. The TT races began in 1907 and have long been considered one of the greatest motorcycle sporting events in the world, attracting fans of the sport from all over the globe.

During your visit in 2015, the Isle of Man will be hosting the TT (11.00 hrs Superbike TT Race & 14.00 hrs Sidecar TT Race) and we have various options available to you, in order to experience the event for yourself.

OPTION B

Early Risers Roadside Shuttle

This will depart early morning and drive part of the TT course and drop off at a roadside location from where you can watch the racing - Quarterbridge to Ballacraine to Kirk Michael, finishing at Ramsey. Bray Hill is also within walking distance. (Please note that the shuttle will not be able to take guests on the Mountain Section of the TT course.)

Please note that if you use this service you will need to stay at the location for the duration of the day - once the road closes there is no access for vehicles until the racing ends, when you will be able to return to the ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: All venues offer great photo opportunities so do not forget your camera. Please be aware that with the thrill of motorsport there is also an element of risk and unavoidable accidents can happen – all spectators are present at their own risk. This event may be suitable for those with wheelchairs (Option A only), but please contact us before booking to check and please note that all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. There will be walking at each venue and walking and standing throughout. The terrain can also be uneven with inclines. Please note that refreshments are not included – for Option B we advise to arrange a packed lunch from the ship but there is the opportunity to purchase food items at several venues around the course. You may spend up to six hours at the event, which is outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather on the day. Toilet facilities are available around the course. There will be a couple of non TT tours available, for those wanting to experience the sights of the island rather than the racing – details of these tours will be sent to you approximately eight weeks prior to the cruise departing.


Isle of Man TT Race

Isle of Man TT - Option C - Ramsey Shuttle

  • Immerse yourself in the unique Isle of Man TT Road Race
  • Transfer to one of the various viewing points to allow you to watch this highly charged event
Price£35.00
DurationRaces approx. 2 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

The Isle of Man has a long history of motorcycle racing and each year the world’s finest road racers pit their skills against the 37¾ miles of public roads that form the legendary TT Circuit. The TT races began in 1907 and have long been considered one of the greatest motorcycle sporting events in the world, attracting fans of the sport from all over the globe.

During your visit in 2015, the Isle of Man will be hosting the TT (11.00 hrs Superbike TT Race & 14.00 hrs Sidecar TT Race) and we have various options available to you, in order to experience the event for yourself.

OPTION C

Ramsey Shuttle

This shuttle offers a service throughout the day to Ramsey, where you will be able to watch the TT racing at Parliament Square but also have the flexibility to head into Ramsey Town and browse the shops or have something to eat. The shuttle service will depart from Parliament Square every two hours and you will also have the option of a tram that will run every two hours from Ramsey – both the bus and tram will be exclusive to Balmoral guests.

Please note that the times of the bus and tram service cannot be guaranteed as road closures resulting from an accident can cause delays, and you may be transferred back to Douglas using a public tram service.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: All venues offer great photo opportunities so do not forget your camera. Please be aware that with the thrill of motorsport there is also an element of risk and unavoidable accidents can happen – all spectators are present at their own risk. This event may be suitable for those with wheelchairs (Option A only), but please contact us before booking to check and please note that all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. There will be walking at each venue and walking and standing throughout. The terrain can also be uneven with inclines. Please note that refreshments are not included – for Option B we advise to arrange a packed lunch from the ship but there is the opportunity to purchase food items at several venues around the course. You may spend up to six hours at the event, which is outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather on the day. Toilet facilities are available around the course. There will be a couple of non TT tours available, for those wanting to experience the sights of the island rather than the racing – details of these tours will be sent to you approximately eight weeks prior to the cruise departing.


LADY ISABELLA & GROVE HOUSE

  • Have your camera ready as you admire the wondrous Lady Isabella waterwheel
  • Discover the beautifully preserved Grove House
  • Visit Grove Museum, which provides an intriguing insight into life in the Victorian and Edwardian era 
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Explore the sumptuously rooms decorated at Grove house; they are sure to make you feel as though you are stepping back in time.

Enjoy the views of the island as you travel to Laxey, where you will visit a former mining village, home to the ‘Lady Isabella’ water wheel. This wheel – the world’s largest, was designed by the Victorian engineer Mr Robert Casement and was built in 1854 to pump water from the thriving lead mines. Standing at over 72 ½ feet high this impressive water wheel has remained one of the most dramatic attractions on the Island for over 150 years. 

After visiting this beautiful heritage site, you will continue north to visit Grove House. Discover the story of the Gibb family and their Victorian summer retreat which later became their permanent residence and family home. Beautifully preserved the Grove Museum provides an intriguing insight into life in the Victorian and Edwardian era and is like stepping back in time.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. The foot paths around the Lady Isabella water wheel are of varying degrees of gradient and some are made up of loose chippings. At Grove House steps will be encountered in addition to uneven terrain. Unfortunately this tour is not considered suitable for guests using with wheelchairs. This tour may operate in reverse order.


SCENIC HIKE

  • Discover the outstanding natural beauty offering on the Isle of Man
  • Hear the unmistakable calls of the local grey seal population
  • Enjoy a visit to the Sound and its visitor centre 
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Embark on one of the most beautiful walks on the Isle of Douglas, renowned for its stunning coastal scenery, bird life and seal viewing.

Leaving the quayside by coach you will travel along the main road from Douglas on the East coast to Port St Mary on the South of the Island, where your walk will commence. Leaving the harbour area you will walk south round the local golf course past a small hamlet onto the coastal footpath.

Stroll through local farmland as you then rise up to the local landmark called The Chasms. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty with excellent views of nesting sea birds plus of course the interesting rock formations giving the area its name. Admire the spectacular views and of course make sure you capture those important photographs. Next you will walk along the easy coastal path around ‘Spanish Head to the Sound’.

At the Sound you can see and hear the unmistakable calls of the local grey seal population whilst enjoying the opportunity to take tea or coffee in the café situated here (this will be at your own expense). Gaze over at the Calf of Man which is a renowned bird sanctuary home  to many migrating birds stopping off for a rest on their journey to or from warmer climates. There is also a visitor’s centre where inside you can observe the running film depicting life as it was through history on the calf of man. From the Sound your tour coach will be awaiting you for your onward journey to Douglas and your ship. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour will involve approximately two and a half hours of walking (Approximately  seven kilometres). The walk will be over undulating coastline, close to steep drops in places and rough ground in areas with some steep ascents and descents. This tour is only suitable for very able walkers, therefore it is not recommended to guests with limited walking and wheelchair users. Walking gear is required and sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended. A bottle of water will be a handy addition to your bag, as there will be no facilities whilst on the walk. Toilets will be available at the end of the walk in the visitors centre.  Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.


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