48 hours on the Isle of Man

Fab­u­lous seafood, star gaz­ing and wildlife on an is­land re­treat

YOURS (UK) - - Inside - By Lizzy Den­ing

DAY ONE What to do

Ex­plore the Isle through the eyes of a lo­cal on a Wild Mann Tour. Blue Badge guide (and born-and-bred Manx) Rory McCann of­fers per­son­alised tours of the area, spe­cial­is­ing in wildlife, his­tory, folk­lore or what­ever tick­les your fancy. When night falls, bud­ding as­tronomers can visit any of the area’s 26 of­fi­cial Dark Sky Dis­cov­ery sites, where light pol­lu­tion is so low you can see many stars and plan­ets with the naked eye. You may even glimpse the Northern Lights. Tours from £45pp for a three­hour evening slot. Con­tact Rory on 07624 463462 or visit www.iom­tours.co.uk For star-gaz­ing spots visit www.visi­tisle­of­man.com

Where to eat

As you might ex­pect on an is­land, fresh fish is the or­der of the day. Visit the Lit­tle Fish Café in Dou­glas for hearty soups, fish and chips, lob­ster or seafood cur­ries. Call 01624 622518 or visit www.lit­tle­fish­cafe.com

Where to stay

For a room with a view, book a night at Aalin View, in Peel – a ren­o­vated Vic­to­rian b&b. Pretty fish­ing town lo­ca­tion (with cas­tle views), at­trac­tive rooms and a full Manx break­fast! Rooms from £74 in­clud­ing break­fast. Call 01624 843740, visit www.aal­in­view.co.uk

DAY TWO What to do

Breathe in the smell of your child­hood, with a trip on the Isle of Man Steam Rail­way. Opened in 1874, the beau­ti­fully vin­tage lo­co­mo­tives run through 15 miles of charm­ing coun­try­side, stop­ping at var­i­ous sta­tions. Be­fore you go home, pick up some sou­venirs from the Manx Fudge Fac­tory, Bal­lasalla, where they make fudge, tof­fee and choco­late bars. Buy train tick­ets at sta­tions, from £2.60-£6.20 sin­gle. Visit www.gov.im Call 01624 825858 or visit www.manx­fudge­fac­tory.com

Where to eat

For an af­ter­noon tea you won’t for­get, pop into Aaron House – a guest house and tea­room. En­joy panoramic views over Port St Mary Bay while tuck­ing into fin­ger sand­wiches, cakes and pas­tries, ac­com­pa­nied by tea or a glass of fizz. Teas from £25. Call 01624 835702 or visit www.aaron­house.co.uk

n Port Erin beach is per­fect for a fam­ily day at the sea­side

Step back in time on a steam train

The Har­bour is at the south end of sweep­ing Dou­glas Bay

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