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The Action-Packed Day Itinerary

The Action-Packed Day Itinerary

From mesmerising coastal views and beguiling Celtic history to insanely good grub, this island bolthole in the Irish Sea has got the lot. Here’s how to cram its best bits into one action-packed day.

MORNING

If there’s one thing worth getting out of bed early for on holiday, it’s a spectacular sunrise. For daybreak views that’ll make you glad you didn’t hit the snooze button, head off to Ramsey Beach in the north of the island where this jam-packed itinerary kicks off. Pick a spot on the sand or stroll along the promenade, coffee in hand, as this painterly seaside town springs to life.

From there, hop aboard the Manx Electric Railway. One of three heritage railways on the island, the 17-mile line dates all the way back to 1899 (in fact, two of its trams are now the oldest regularly operated cars in the world). With the beautiful Manx countryside on your right and the panoramic sea views on the left, it’s one of the most scenic passes in all of the British Isles.

Alight at the village of Laxey and head to beachside brunch spot The Shed for a slice of one of its homemade cakes, before hiking up through the village to lay your eyes on another intriguing curio in the form of Lady Isabella – the world’s largest working waterwheel.

NOON

Time to climb aboard the Manx Electric Railway once again (with your Go Explore Card, you can hop on and off as many times as you wish). Your next stop is the Isle of Man’s gregarious capital, Douglas, where as well as a selection of delicious lunch options (The Alpine’s salt beef rolls are a must), the Manx Museum and National Art Gallery is a chance to sample the island’s impressive cultural offering. Here, you'll find an assortment of exhibits bursting with artefacts, including hoards of Viking silver and ancient relics, as well as interactive displays and galleries that span the island's 10,000-year history.

The island itself is a treasure trove of monuments and historical sites, yet few are quite as remarkable as Castle Rushen, located only a short steam train ride away in Castletown. Originally built in the 12th century, the castle has been a royal residence, a mint and a prison. Nowadays, it serves as a museum and educational centre, complete with furnished chambers and wall tapestries revealing fascinating medieval tales: history buffs believe it to be one of the best-preserved castles in Europe. 

EVENING

After all that sightseeing, tummies are bound to be rumbling. Luckily, Castletown has plenty to offer ravenous travellers. Head to the Secret Pizza Company, where a wide selection of slices offer a chance to taste the island’s award-winning cheeses, in addition to some awesome craft lagers supplied by nearby brewery Bushy’s. 

If, however, you’re eager to catch a final glimpse of the day’s sunshine, do as the locals do and head west to Peel for the most superlative sunset views on the island (they don’t call it 'Sunset City' for nothing, you know). Last but not least, end the day in Niarbyl Bay on the west coast, one of the island's many exceptional stargazing hotspots. Look closely and you might be able to spot the Orion Nebula – some 1,500 light years away.

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  1. Ramsey Beach

    Ramsey

    Just one minute away from Ramsey town centre the south beach at Ramsey is bordered on one side by the victorian Queen's Pier and on the other side by two stone piers.

  2. Manx Electric Railway

    Douglas

    Take an unforgettable journey along the east coast of the island on this unique electric railway which dates back over 100 years.

  3. The Shed

    Laxey

    Quirky, cosy, artisan beachside eatery on the far end of Laxey Promenade. Open all year round, you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome. We pride ourselves in serving fresh local food, great coffee, a range of homemade cakes and treats and our popular homemade natural, raw cold pressed…

  4. Great Laxey Wheel and Mine Trail

    Laxey

    This feat of Victorian engineering and ingenuity is the largest surviving waterwheel of its kind in the world.

  5. The Alpine

    Douglas

    Super Cute, Super Fresh : Welcome to the Alpine.
    Open for breakfast, lunch and everything tasty in between

  6. Manx Museum

    Douglas

    From the wonders of our natural world to road racing legends, begin your journey through the Island’s vibrant history and its unique national collections.

  7. Castle Rushen

    Castletown

    Discover one of the most preserved medieval castles in Europe. Opening times, facilities and attractions in Castletown.

  8. Isle of Man Steam Railway

    Douglas

    Experience the grandeur of travelling between Douglas and the south of the Island on a Victorian steam railway perfectly frozen in time. Rocking gently through beautiful countryside watching the train’s ‘breath’ drift by is a timeless experience for rail enthusiasts and visitors of all ages.

  9. Secret Pizza

    Castletown

    The Secret Pizza Company began life as two people (Tom & Kylie) & a little Daihatsu Hijet van with a half tonne clay oven in the back of it! Throw in a year, some incredible Manx festival experiences & a whole heap of amazing people and they now have their very own micro restaurant in Castletown

  10. Niarbyl Bay

    Dalby

    Niarbyl is a secluded beauty spot just south of Dalby Village on the Island’s west coast and of great geological interest. Discover the peaceful bay with its rolling hills and dramatic coastal paths leading to White Beach.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Ramsey Beach (54.32941,-4.38251)Manx Electric Railway (54.16712,-4.46035)16.89
Manx Electric Railway (54.16712,-4.46035)The Shed (54.22362,-4.39386)6.87
The Shed (54.22362,-4.39386)Great Laxey Wheel and Mine Trail (54.23805,-4.40749)1.65
Great Laxey Wheel and Mine Trail (54.23805,-4.40749)The Alpine (54.15012,-4.47823)9.74
The Alpine (54.15012,-4.47823)Manx Museum (54.15447,-4.48182)0.48
Manx Museum (54.15447,-4.48182)Castle Rushen (54.07382,-4.65241)12.87
Castle Rushen (54.07382,-4.65241)Isle of Man Steam Railway (54.14771,-4.48596)12.26
Isle of Man Steam Railway (54.14771,-4.48596)Secret Pizza (54.07368,-4.6564)12.46
Secret Pizza (54.07368,-4.6564)Niarbyl Bay (54.1636,-4.74038)10.27
Total Distance *83.49 miles
Estimated Journey Time2.69 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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