Knit Scotland with Laura Nelkin: March 2019!
March 24th - April 3rd, 2019
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Hazel Tindall, who will talk with us about knitting in Shetland, and then touring a bit more before checking into our hotel to rest up before our welcome dinner.
Day 2: We'll start our day with Scottish breakfast and then have a fabulous knitting workshop with Emily from Tin Can Knits on her modern Strange Brew pattern, I can't wait to meet Emily and learn about color work from her! We'll have lunch on our own and then gather to tour the Edinburgh Castle. The rest of the day is yours... explore Edinburgh an absolutely gorgeous city to wander (I will give a list of "ideas" of things to check out!)
Day 3: After a big group breakfast we will head out to Fife to have a workshop with Di Gilpin. We'll learn about the history of Gansey knitting in Scotland and look at samples of both traditional pieces and the more contemporary designs from her studio.Then we'll learn some traditional gansey stitches by working on blanket squares in her yarn. After that we'll take our appetites to a cafe that specializes in cheese making (YUM CHEESE!) for lunch, and then head to Claddach Farm to learn about specialist, pedigree and rare-breed animals, including various commercial sheep breeds; Cheviot, Texel and Bluefaced Leicester. Then it is onto our next hotel in Dundee where we will settle in and have a group dinner together.
Day 4: Oh, this is going to be a fun day! Another yummy Breakfast in the morning, followed by a visit to the beautifully refurbished Verdant Works Mill, in Dundee City Centre. Listen to the stories of the mill workers; see how they lived and how they worked in an industry which played a pivotal role in Dundee’s history. Next it’s on to Dundee’s newest museum, the brand new V & A Design Museum for a guided tour. The V&A Dundee is the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V & A museum anywhere in the world outside London. There are plans to focus on their textile collection, which I am VERY excited about We'll have dinner on our own tonight, either at the hotel or in Dundee!
Day 5: First breakfast, then we leave Perth and make our way to Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.... driving through the picturesque town of Pitlochry, our first stop is Edradour Distillery for a tour and tasting. Wee dram before lunch anyone? Then we'll head to Knockando Woolmill for an intimate look at Scotland's oldest working mill. Afterwards we'll go to Fort Augustus and our hotel where will enjoy a lovely meal together!
Day 6: After Breakfast we'll have a tour of the ruins of Urquhart Castle, afterwards we'll enjoy lunch at the castle and take a scenic cruise on Loch Ness. (clearly Lola will be looking for Nessie). Then we'll head into Inverness to learn about the history, tradition and culture of the Scottish kilt at the The Scottish Kiltmaker. We'll then head back to Fort Augustus for dinner and a sweet group knit night!
Day 7: This morning we'll pack up, eat breakfast, and then have a working shop with Sarah Berry on Fair Isle Knitting with naturally dyed yarn. Then we'll head out towards Glencoe, and absolutely stunning drive through the Scottish highlands. We'll stop mid-way for lunch and end up in Oban at our hotel and dinner on our own in this seaside town.
Ardalanish Farm and Isle of Mull Weavers.... this 1500 acre farm is set on a picturesque peninsula and we are lucky to be able to visit them so early in the season. They weave gorgeous fabrics and mill their own yarn from their Hebridean sheep. REALLY excited for this visit! Then we'll explore the very photogenic Duart Castle and learn more about the island as we tour. We'll return back to Oban for the evening and enjoy our dinner together!
Day 11: LAST BREAKFAST, and then it is time to head to the airport for our journey's home... (insert sad face here).
The Tour includes :
- Transfers on arrival and departure by private coach (for arrivals prior to 11am)
- Sightseeing as per itinerary in a luxury coach with an experienced driver and, accredited guide and Laura Nelkin, knitting designer and teacher, entrance fees included if applicable.
- Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 10 nights
- Scottish breakfast daily
- 7 hotel table d’hote dinners
- 5 lunches
- Entrance to the following attractions: Edinburgh Castle, Auchindrain Township, Verdant
Works, V&A Dundee, Urquhart Castle, Duart Castle, New Lanark UNESCO heritage site.
- Tour of the Isle of Mull
- Visit the Ardalanish Farm & Isle of Mull Weavers for demonstration and talk
- Knockando Woolmill guided tour
- Tour of Edradour Distillery with Whisky tasting
- Scenic boat cruise along Loch Ness
- Kilt making demonstration at The Scottish Kiltmaker visitor centre
- Waulking with wool performance at Auchindrain Township
- Visit to see the sheep and alpacas at Claddach Farm
Workshops/Knitting Activities Included in This Tour:
- Lunch & Chat with Hazel Tindall
- Tin Can Knit’s ‘Strange Brew’ workshop (Fair Isle techniques covered)
- Gansey Knitting Workshop with Di Gilpin
- Fair Isle knitting with naturally-dyed yarn with Sarah Berry
- The option of arriving early and booking workshops at Edinburgh Yarn Festival
£2772 (Approx. $3326) per person sharing a twin or double room
£595 (Approx. $774) supplement applies if a single room is requiredTo secure your place a deposit of 20% of the total cost is required.
The balance is payable 60 days before departure.
Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2 Night Pre-Tour Package
If you wish to visit the Edinburgh Yarn Festival prior to your Knitting Tour starting 24th of
March, we have rooms available 22nd - 24th March. The package will include transfers from
Edinburgh Airport to the Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar), 2 nights' accommodation in rooms with
private facilities on a bed and Scottish breakfast basis and a 24 hour Hop-on, Hop-off sightseeing
bus ticket. The cost for this package will be £240 per person sharing a twin or double room &
£440 per person in a single room. Please be aware that admission to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival
is not included.
VERY Detailed Itinerary and sign up form available, e-mail Laura for more details!