Scotland & Ireland March 2019

Tour Overview

This knitting tour of Ireland will help you experience craft in Ireland, especially knitting. Your tour will include time in Dublin, Galway, Inis Oírr and Killarney; while you travel you will partake in knitting workshops, craft demonstrations and craft sightseeing as well as general sightseeing. Additionally, you will be able to attend the renowned Edinburgh Yarn Festival Market Place and its Classes & Fringe events.


Day 1: Wednesday 20th March 2019

Arrive in Scotland

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport and transfer to your hotel, which is located near the old city. After checking into your hotel the remainder of the day is free for independent sightseeing, shopping and dining.

Overnight Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh – Bed & Breakfast.


Days 2-6: Thursday 21st – Monday 25th March 2019

Edinburgh Yarn Festival & Classes

Enjoy the Edinburgh Yarn Festival on these days. Transfers will be arranged to & from the festival on 21st, 22nd and 23rd March.

The evening of 25th March, enjoy a ‘Taste of Scotland’ that includes dinner and show.

Overnights Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh – Bed & Breakfast & Dinner on the 25th.


Day 7: Tuesday 26th March 2019

Fly to Ireland

Check out of your hotel and depart for Edinburgh Airport and your morning flight to Dublin. On arrival, meet your Irish driver & guide and transfer to the city centre and the Constant Knitter where you will meet a local craftsperson for a demonstration and informal chat about their craft topic, which will either be knitwear design or Irish Lace crochet depending on designer availability. After your visit, board your touring coach and travel to the vibrant city of Galway, stopping en-route at the Kilbeggan Distillery where there will be a tour and lunch before continuing to the vibrant city of Galway and check into your hotel.

Overnight in Galway – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.


Day 8: Wednesday 27th March 2019

Set off for a tour of Connemara.

Situated on the most Westerly part of Ireland, Connemara is one of the most beautiful unspoilt landscapes around. Here we enjoy local craftspeople demonstrating their crafts.

You might also enjoy visiting other craftspeople at the centre including traditional hand weaver, Máíre Ní Thaidhg. Stop also at the famous Kylemore Abbey, which is one of the most visited attractions in Ireland.

Thousands visit Kylemore to see the outstanding Abbey and to experience the natural beauty of Kylemore’s Woodland and Lakeshore walks and Victorian walled garden.

Finally, visit Glen Keen Farm where you will enjoy a sheep herding demonstration followed by home baked scones and tea or coffee.

Return to Galway where the evening is your own. You might decide to head into town and catch a traditional Irish Music session in any one of Galway’s many pubs or simply relax in your hotel.

Overnight in Galway – Bed & Breakfast included.


Day 9: Thursday 28th March 2019

Anne O’Maille Workshop.

This morning enjoys an intensive Knitting Workshop with one of Ireland’s best-known Aran knitters and designers, Mrs Anne O’Maille of Ó’Máilles of Galway. Established in 1938, this shop became famous in the 1950’s for outfitting the entire cast of the film ‘The Quiet Man’ and has done a fabulous business ever since in Irish tweeds, knitwear, and Aran knits.

The remainder of the day will be free to explore Galway and its surrounding areas at your own pace.

Overnight in Galway – Bed & Breakfast included.


Day 10: Friday 29th March 2019

Inis Oírr (Inisheer), Aran Islands.

Depart your hotel in time to get the morning ferry to Inis Oirr (Inisheer), one of the famous Aran Islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland.

On arrival, you will be collected by your Aran Island Knitting Instructor Una McDonough and taken to Café Una where you will be welcomed with tea or coffee and scones.

Enjoy a Knitting Workshop where you will learn traditional methods and stitches the Aran Island way. In your class, you will learn the Sharry Chain Link Stitch. The Sharry family, like many of the island families, has a long-standing connection with the sea and the women of the family celebrate that connection in their choice of stitches when they knit traditional Aran sweaters.

After some time to enjoy the Art Exhibition at the centre take a guided tour of the Island.

This afternoon check into your B&B accommodation with time to relax and get to know your hosts. Your hosts can cater for most dietary needs, so please be sure to let us know of any special requirements in advance of travel. You will be collected this evening and taken to a local restaurant for a sumptuous meal.

Overnight in Inis Oirr – Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.


Day 11: Saturday 30th March 2019

Another day and night on Inis Oírr (Inisheer).

Today enjoy a baking demonstration of island brown bread and scones along with homemade butter making. Following the demonstration enjoy tea or coffee with the scones!

Next, participate in a spinning & dying workshop using local plants & lychens in the traditional manner. This will continue into the afternoon with a lunch break before you will enjoy some local traditional music before dinner.

This evening return to your B&B accommodation and after having some time to relax, you will be collected and taken for another delicious meal.

Overnight in Inis Oírr – Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included.


Day 12: Sunday 31st March 2019

Aran Islands to Killarney.

Check out of your accommodation after breakfast and take the early morning ferry directly to Doolin in County Clare. Take a scenic drive around Clare to the Cliffs of Moher to admire the astonishing views.

Afterwards, check into your hotel in Killarney where the remainder of the day until dinner will be free for personal sightseeing.

Overnight in Killarney – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included.


Day 13: Monday 1st April 2019

Ring of Kerry & Liz Spillane Knitting Class

After breakfast, we will enjoy a knitting workshop with Liz Spillane, renowned Irish knitter and fashion designer will hold a workshop for you in her lovely Kenmare country home.

After lunch (included) take the Ring of Kerry Tour. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains, and the varied Atlantic coast.

Travel onward to Kerry visiting Kerry Woollen Mills along the way. This 17th-century establishment has been crafting fine fabrics and yarn from wool for over 300 years and on your tour, you will see truly skilled craftspeople at work.

You will be amazed at the breath-taking views and you will stop for photos at the most dramatic scenes.

On the return pass through the colourful village of Sneem and pause at Moll’s Gap or Ladies View to view the Three Lakes of Killarney before returning to Killarney.

Overnight in Killarney – Bed & Breakfast Included.


Day 14: Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Dingle Peninsula.

Following breakfast depart the hotel and travel to the Dingle Peninsula. Perhaps not as well known as the Iveragh Peninsula where the Ring of Kerry is located, the Dingle Peninsula is less busy but every bit as beautiful. The town of Dingle is a small fishing port where you will find plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to have lunch.

Then to the west of the town, the scenery is particularly rugged with views out to the formerly inhabited Blasket Islands. Visit the Blasket Centre, which celebrates the story of the Blasket Islanders, the unique literary achievements of the island writers and their native language, culture and tradition. Sadly An Blascaod Mór was abandoned in 1953 as a result of the decline of its once vibrant population.

We will pop into Hedgehog Fibres, however, this will make it a big day – so be prepared for yarn overload.

Return to Killarney where the remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Overnight Killarney – Bed & Breakfast Included & Lunch included.


Day 15: Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Blarney Castle and Return to Dublin.

Check out of your accommodation and travel to Cork to visit Blarney Castle & Woollen Mills Store. Cormac MacCarthy, a great Irish chieftain constructed Blarney Castle nearly 600 years ago and since then this remarkable fortress and its ‘stone of eloquence’ has been attracting thousands of curious visitors every year.

Legend has it that if you kiss the stone you will never be lost for words and have as the Irish say, ‘the gift of the gab’. Built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was originally known as Mahoney’s Mills and provided valuable employment to the people of Blarney and nearby areas. Today Blarney Woollen Mills is Ireland’s largest Irish Gift & Craft Store.

After lunch (included) travel onward to Dublin. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner at a nearby restaurant and say your goodbyes to new friends.

Overnight in Dublin – Bed & Breakfast


Day 16: Thursday 4th April 2019

Tour Ends

After your final Irish breakfast depart the hotel for Dublin airport arriving in time to complete check-in formalities and that last minute duty-free shopping.


Included in This Tour

  • Transfers on arrival and departure by a private coach in both Scotland & Ireland on start and end date of the tour
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary in a luxury coach with an experienced driver and accredited guide
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 15 nights
  • Irish or Scottish breakfast daily
  • 4 hotel table d’hote dinners
  • 4 sit down lunches
  • Taste of Scotland Show & Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Meal in a Dublin restaurant
  • Entrance to the following attractions: Kylemore Abbey, Glen Keen Sheep Farm, and The Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle.
  • Ferry to Inis Oírr, Aran Islands
  • Inis Oírr Guided Tour
  • Aran Island Baking & Butter Making Demonstration
  • Ring of Kerry Guided Tour
  • Connemara Guided Tour
  • Kerry Woollen Mills Factory Tour
  • Basket weaving demonstration with Ciaran Hogan

Workshops/Knitting Activities Included in This Tour

  • Knitting Workshop with Anne O’Maille in Galway
  • Aran Island Knitting Workshop with Una McDonagh
  • Aran Island Spinning & Dying workshop
  • Knitting Class with Carol Feller in Kerry
  • Meeting with local designers at the Constant Knitter

(Wool and patterns are included in all workshops, you need to bring your own needles, and sizes will be advised)

Important Note: Attractions, workshops and demonstrations may change according to availability and scheduling.

Overnights for this Tour

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh, 6 nights
  • Camden Court Hotel (or similar), Dublin, 1 Night
  • Salthill Hotel or similar, Galway, 3 Nights
  • Quality en-suite B&B on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands 2 nights,
  • Lake Hotel (Woodland View*), Killarney or similar, 3 Nights
  • Camden Court Hotel (or similar), Dublin, 1 Night

*Should you wish to upgrade to a lake view room in Killarney the supplement will be €90 for the 2 nights.

For any accompanying non-knitters, you can reduce the cost by Euro 100 per non-knitter.


Prices: The cost of the tour will be as follows:

Prices are based on Euros as we have interest from around the world.

***Prices do not include airfares.

We suggest if travelling from afar to arrive one day earlier.

Prices based on the following numbers of guests. A minimum of 10 guests required for tour to commence. A $200 deposit is required immediately with a balance to add up to 20% deposit due in February 2019.

10 – 14 guests €4399

15 – 19 guests €4225

20 – 24 guests €4099

25 – 29 guests €3899

Single supplement €975

This excludes airfares Home – Edinburgh – Dublin – Home. I do strongly suggest you make your booking with Danielle – danielle.gaha@flightcentre.com.au. Danielle will ensure we are all on the same flight between Edinburgh and Dublin. To secure your seat and start saving.

Please CLICK HERE to make a $200.00 down payment. The more people we have travelling the cheaper it becomes for everyone… so bring a friend or two!

We require a $200.00 deposit to secure your spot. This deposit is 100% refundable if we do not obtain minimum numbers of 10 people on tour. The deposit is non-refundable if you decide you do not wish to attend.

 

 

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