Laxey and Snaefell Mountain Railway
Laxey and Snaefell Mountain Railway Our excursion today takes us
to the summit of the island's only mountain: Snaefell. We begin
with a journey north along Douglas promenade, travelling by
historic horse-drawn tram*. The trams, known locally as 'toast
racks', have been running since 1876 and remain a testimony to
Victorian engineering, as popular today as they were when first
introduced. We then board an electric train to take us to the
fishing village of Laxey.
Here we board the Snaefell Mountain Railway - the only electric
mountain railway in the British Isles, dating from 1895. The
journey takes us all the way to the summit of Snaefell at 2,036
feet. On a clear day you can see England, Ireland, Scotland and
Wales. A café at the summit offers the opportunity for you to
purchase lunch while enjoying the stunning views. We then return to
Laxey, where you have time to explore. Separated into two parts,
the main village and Old Laxey, which surrounds the picturesque
tidal harbour, the town is home to the Laxey Wheel, the world's
largest working waterwheel.
The 'Lady Isabella' was built in 1854 to pump water from Laxey's
lead and zinc mines. It is possible to climb the steep spiral
staircase to view the working wheel from the platform above. The
wheel is one of the iconic images of the Isle of Man and to see it
from above and in action is a fascinating experience. Later we make
our way back to Douglas by electric train.
*Please note that the horse-drawn trams may not operate on the
April, early May and late September/ October departures.
- Breakfast, Dinner