The Isle of Man’s steam railway was opened in 1873 and runs from its Victorian terminus in Douglas to Port Erin in the south of the Island. Join us on our 35-minute journey to Ballasalla, venturing through woods and open fields on the three foot narrow gauge railway line.
We visit the gardens of Rushen Abbey, established almost 900 years ago when King Olaf I earmarked land for a Monastic Abbey in modern-day Ballasalla. Here you can see medieval remains alongside a recreation of the monks’ medicinal garden, alive with colour in early autumn.
Walking along the Silver Burn through Silverdale Glen, the Manx hedgerows are bursting with song – rosehips, blackberries and elder berries provide seasonal sustenance for the wild birds that dance above the footpaths.