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Isle of Man: A Wild & Ancient Heritage

27 Mar — 3 Apr 2020 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand

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Tour Director

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Kevin Hand,

MSc, MCIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

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Itinerary

Day

1

Assemble at the George Hotel, Castletown, for seven nights. 1830 welcome and introduction to the tour.

Day

2

Morning walk in and around Castletown including the bay area and Langness Peninsula (Herring Tower, Derby Fort; only UK site for lesser mottled grasshopper). Afternoon visit to Scarlett for visits to old lime kilns and quarry (spring squill, flowers).

Day

3

Dalby Mountain Moorland Nature Reserve (heather moorland with adders-tongue fern, bog asphodel and variety of birdlife) including early Christian chapel overlooking the sea. Afternoon: Niarbyl (beautiful sea views) and Ballaugh Curraghs Ramsar wetland site (royal fern, bog myrtle, hen harrier, feral red-necked wallabies).

Day

4

Ramsey and Maughold for slate cliffs and seabirds, including Maughold parish church (ancient Celtic crosses). Afternoon: Point of Ayre walk (dramatic sand dune landscape with rare lichen coastal heath, possible migrant birds) and lighthouses.

Day

5

Colden Mountain (raven, snipe, stonechat) followed by Douglas for Heritage Museum. Free evening.

Day

6

Morning: village of Cregneash for sightings of early activity at seabird colonies (kittiwakes, fulmar, black guillemots) and coastal chasms (fascinating geology). Afternoon: Port Erin for walk to Bradda Head (choughs, fulmars) and Milner’s Tower (view tower built in 1971 in the shape of a lock and key, in memory of local philanthropist William Milner).

Day

7

Whole day excursion to Peel: Tynwald Hill (ancient parliament site), Leece Museum (fascinating collection relating to local fishing and boat building industry), St Patrick’s Isle (exclusive Manx Natural Heritage tour of castle and old cathedral).

Day

8

Tour disperses after breakfast.

Tour Dates

27 Mar — 3 Apr 2020

Days

8

Cost

£1795

Tour Code

ISMN-20

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PRACTICALITIES

This tour includes several walks, some of up to two and three miles, often over rough terrain. While options will be given for those who would prefer not to do the full walks, participants should have a good level of fitness. They should also feel comfortable negotiating uneven steps and occasionally dark interiors.

Cost of £1795 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, six dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: return travel, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £245, single room supplement £175.

 
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