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Explore the ‘Little Islands’ by Train

An Opportunity to Explore the Smaller British Isles and Discover Wonderful Railway Heritage

Isle of Man Driving Experience
Wednesday 13 May to Wednesday 20 May 2015

Manx Electic Railway at Laxey ©Mike Steadman

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 and tour this pretty island in style. An Island Explorer ticket will give you unlimited travel on scheduled services of many railways and we take to the water to view the locations of up to 14 existing and former railways. Holiday highlights at a glance include:

  • Island Explorer ticket giving unlimited travel on scheduled services on the Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, Douglas horse trams and buses (except Manx Express)
  • Manx Electric Railway Ultimate Driving Experience
  • Journeys on the Isle of Man Steam, Manx Electric, Snaefell Mountain, Groudle Glen & Great Laxey Mine Railways
  • Workshop tours at both Manx Electric and Isle of Man Steam Railways
  • "14 Railways" Cruise on MV Karina
  • Vintage bus ride
  • Ride the Douglas Horse Tram before it ceases operation
  • Visits to Cregneash, Grove, Port Erin, Jurby Transport and Manx Transport Museums

Isle of Wight & Southern England - Naval Heritage and Island Tranquillity
Wednesday 20 May to Friday 29 May 2015

Osborne House ©

We start this tour in the vibrant waterfront city of Portsmouth, the home of the modern Royal Navy, before making our way to the picturesque Isle of Wight and New Forest National Park. View historic buildings, sights and ships as well as enjoying a river cruise and travelling on three steam railways. This is a wonderful way to explore this area of England with private tours and steam journeys to make it feel extra special. Highlights include:

  • Private tour of HMS Warrior
  • Out of Hours private guided tour of HMS Victory
  • Ride the award winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway in a private carriage behind a vintage steam locomotive
  • A private tour with the Head Gardener at Exbury Gardens
  • Return journey on the 'Mid Hants Railway – The Watercress Line' with cream tea
  • Visit to Hollycombe, a working steam museum where the past comes to life
  • Stunning views of New Forest National Park
  • Needles Battery - a Victorian coastal defence and secret rocket testing site

Late spring is a wonderful time to holiday at home and these tours offer an opportunity to go that little bit further and enjoy two islands that provide a nostalgic slice of life on the British Isles. Further details of both escorted tours can be found on our website at and in our 2015 brochure or contact us direct to discuss further on 01766 772030 or email

Yours sincerely

Maria Cook
General Manager

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