Isle of Man Driving Experience
- Go Explore Card for unlimited travel on scheduled bus, Manx Electric Railway, Isle of Man Steam Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway services as well as Douglas Horse Trams
- Driving Experience on the Manx Electric Railway
- Footplate rides on the Isle of Man Steam Railway and Groudle Glen Railway
- Private charter train on the Isle of Man Steam Railway
- Hands on visits to Crogga Valley Railway and the Orchid Line
- Workshop, shed and stable tours
- Groudle Glen and Laxey Mine Railways
- 8 Days from £1,695pp
Monday 14 to Monday 21 September 2020
The Isle of Man is one of the British Isles hidden gems for steam travel and vintage transport. This tour will indulge your passion for old-fashioned transportation as you go behind the scenes of working railways and trams whilst touring this pretty island in style.
Click here to view a video of the 2018 Isle of Man Driving Experience tour as filmed by Ffestiniog Travel tour leader Geoff Lumley.
Day 1 – Welcome
Meet at our hotel in Douglas. Transport to the island is not included but we can book a flight or ferry and rail tickets at additional cost. We have a welcome dinner at the hotel this evening.
Day 2 – Isle of Man Steam Railway
Spend the day on the Isle of Man Steam Railway on a private train. Footplate rides will be available and there will be time to visit the railway museum at Port Erin and some free time in Castletown. Lunch is included. There will be a tour of the workshop and signal box before returning to our hotel.
Day 3 – Trams
A visit to Horse Tram stables for a private guided tour before a return trip on the newly re-laid route. We then travel to Ramsay by Electric Tram in time for lunch before a visit to Jurby Transport Museum.
Day 4 – The Orchid Line
Travel by vintage bus to Peel for a visit to the Transport Museum. We continue north to Curraghs Wildlife Park where the Orchid Line, a miniature steam railway that follows a half mile circuit around the park, allows us to drive a train ourselves! This evening we join a “Pie and Mash” dining train on the Isle of Man Steam Railway.
Day 5 – At Leisure
A free day to explore the island independently. Your Go Explore ticket will be valid on the extensive bus network linking the island’s attractions such as the Manx Museum, where you can learn about Viking treasure finds, natural wonders of the world, the famous TT Races and wartime internment. The ticket is also valid on all other state owned transportation.
Day 6 – Manx Electric Railway
We embark on a full day’s driving experience in our charted tram on the Manx Electric Railway. There will be opportunities for everyone to drive a tram (see restrictions). At lunchtime we take a tram to the summit of Snaefell where lunch is included. We then have time in Laxey to visit the Mines Railway and famous Laxey Wheel before continuing with our driving experience.
Day 7 – Crogga Valley and Groudle Glen Railways
Today we visit the Crogga Valley Railway, a privately owned miniature 7¼ inch gauge railway, rarely open to the public. Later we transfer to Groudle for the Groudle Glen Railway accessed by a delightful walk through the Glen. Lunch is included at Sea Lion Rocks, and we have a workshop and shed tour as well as opportunities for footplate rides, and cliff top views over the site of the Victorian zoo.
Day 8 – Goodbye
After breakfast we say our goodbyes and travel home. Travel from Douglas is independent.
NB. Footplate rides and Manx Electric Driving Experience are open to those aged 21-75 years old with good or corrected eyesight and without any impairment or disability which could hinder the ability to operate the controls safely. Appropriate footwear and clothing must be worn.
The Welbeck Hotel, Douglas
Please note - hotel can be subject to change
- Isle of Man Go Explore card
- 3 dinners and 3 lunches
- All excursions as stated
- Accommodation in good quality hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
- Services of a tour leader from Douglas and throughout the tour
Price per person
|Single room supplement:||£256|
|Deposit for this holiday:||£100|
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