Today you will catch the ferry over to the Isle of Man. Once you arrive on the island you will be met by your zoologist escort and transferred to Douglas and your accommodation, level – 3* Bed and Breakfast (Star Edelweiss Hotel). You will arrive around 14:00 and have the rest of the day to sightsee around Douglas and enjoy a welcome to Isle of Man evening meal.
Land Based Wildlife Tour
This morning a very knowledgeable local guide will collect you from your accommodation and take you on an exploration of the island to see its many natural wonders. This tour will take in locations such as The Ayres, where common lizards bask on sunny days and Arctic skuas play havoc with the local gannets and Manx shearwaters; Ballaglass, where a walk through this mature British woodland can bring you up close and personal with British birds and wild flowers, you may also get to see the red-necked wallabies which have a growing colony in the Ballaugh Curraghs. All the time during the day you will want to keep an eye out on the horizon and in the sea. Rissos dolphins, common bottlenose dolphins, minke whales, grey seals and of course basking sharks are all commonly seen around the coast. You will have a packed lunch along the way and your evening meal back at your accommodation; level – 3* Bed and Breakfast (Star Edelweiss Hotel).
Boat Based Wildlife Tour
This morning you will be taken to Peel on the west coats of the island board your boat for the day. You will have a three hour trip this morning which will hopefully find many of Britains hidden wildlife gems. British waters are home to some of the worlds largest populations of grey and harbour seals in the world, 24 out of 26 European species of whales and dolphins and of course during the summer British waters play host to the worlds second largest fish; basking sharks. You will have a three hour cruise followed by a lunch break back on dry land before a second three hour trip out during the afternoon. During the trip we will aim to find basking sharks which aggregate in the Irish Sea due to the high plankton levels during the summer. They cruise the surface waters with their huge filter feeding mouth open and are a brilliant animal to admire and watch as they peacefully glide through the water. We will also search for harbour porpoises, short-beaked common dolphins, common bottlenose dolphins, Rissos dolphin, minke whales, killer whales, fin whales, long-finned pilot whales as well as finding the playful grey seals which live here in large numbers. After your full day out on the boat you will have your evening meal at your accommodation, level – 3* Bed and Breakfast (Star Edelweiss Hotel).
After breakfast and depending on what time your ferry home is you maybe able to take a stroll around Douglas and take advantage of the Islands vintage transport system before leaving for home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.