The Isle of Man's dazzling natural beauty will be in full display during this tour of the gardens of historic Milntown Estate and the island's spectacular Wildflower Nursery.
Starting off from the pier, it's a scenic drive north along a route that offers splendid views of the Snaefell Mountains. Arriving in Ramsey at the Milntown Estate, you commence a guided tour of the grounds of this 16th-century landmark that for centuries was home to the McCrystyn family, who later changed their name to Christian. It's a magnificent estate with extensive formal gardens, much of which should be in bloom during your tour of its 15 acres. You will see an orchard within a walled garden that would have provided produce for the family, and a more recent kitchen garden that supplies organic food for the estate's café. There's also a beautiful mill, pond and lovely meadows with trails that meander through the extensive woodland.
Leaving Milntown Estate behind, your tour next travels across the island where a similar display of bold color and nature's glory awaits you at the island's Wildflower Nursery. Supported by the Wildflowers of Mann Project, which is dedicated to preserving native Manx wildflowers, the nursery produces seeds and plants used to create new habitats around the Isle of Man. You will also have a chance to wander through the Wildflower Garden, where you may see flowering plants such as Meadowsweet, Smooth Hawksbeard and Woodsage.
Your return drive to the pier is equally beautiful, as it follows the Plains of Heaven, one of the most picturesque areas on the island.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of moderate walking/standing. There are a few optional steps at the venues. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, weather-proof clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes is recommended.