Our local guide takes us on a guided morning tour of the west coast of the island, telling us of the cultural and folkloric history of this area. See Tynwald Hill, the ancient home of the Manx Parliament and nearby Viking burial site, before dropping down into coastal Peel, a quaint town and thriving fishing port with a working kipper smokehouse. Enjoy a kipper lunch on the promenade, followed by an ice cream, it’s the best on the island! From here you can see the ruins of Peel Castle on St. Patrick’s Isle. The House of Manannan is a museum of maritime heritage, which spans several hundred years.
The afternoon is free to enjoy exploring the capital of the island – staying in Douglas is like stepping back in time as you can either walk from the hotel or take the horse tram along the Victorian promenade which has been running since 1876. The 2 mile promenade frames the beach where you may spot dolphins; wander around the waterside quay, admire the Victorian buildings, visit the Manx Heritage Museum to find out about the town’s history or explore the town centre with its interesting range of shops and cafes, serving the local speciality, Manx kippers, as well as a fantastic selection of fresh local seafood.