Overview

Begin your knitting tour of Ireland in Dublin where you will see the sights and sounds of our capital city.  Explore the Boyne Valley, once the ancient capital of Ireland and visit the famous Trim Castle. Visit the Ulster American Folk Park and learn how wool production and processing was once an important part of Irish family life. In Donegal meet Edel MacBride and her team and enjoy a knitting workshop including yarn pack, working the best of Irish moss, cable and Edel’s favourite Aran stitches. In Donegal we will spend a few days exploring the landscape and visiting the main textile related industries including Handmade Irish Sweaters, a traditional Cottage industry where Kathleen and her small team of knitters operate from her home producing quality handknit Aran sweaters which are sold at home and abroad and Studio Donegal a hand-weaving and clothing manufacturing business. At Glencolmcille we will spend some time knitting with the locals learning about a Fair Isle pattern that has been handed down from one generation to the next in a particular Glencolmcille family. On our way to Galway we will meet Mary from Markree Woolcraft and visit the Museum of Country Life, an essential stop on any craft tour of Ireland! In Galway we will take you to a traditional basket maker for a demonstration and you will have plenty of time to explore the city of Galway on your own. On your return to Dublin we will visit the famous Tullamore D.E.W. Heritage Centre and discover how Daniel E. Williams went from stable boy to distillery manager to creating the whiskey which still bears his initials today.

Departure Dates

  • 11th August 2018
  • 8th September 2018

Included in This Tour-

  • 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/guide or driver and accredited guide
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 7 nights
  • Irish breakfast daily
  • 3 hotel table d’hote dinners
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 Farewell Meal in Dublin
  • Entrance to the following attractions:  Trim Castle, The Ulster American Folk Park, Glencolmcille Folk Village, The National Museum of Country Life
  • Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery Tour
  • Studio Donegal Weaving Demonstration
  • Spinning Demonstration with Mary from Markree Wool Craft
  • Basket weaving demonstration with Ciaran Hogan
  • Visit Handmade Irish Sweaters in Donegal

Workshops/Knitting Activities Included in This Tour

  • Knitting Workshop with Edel MacBride from Knitfield
  • Fair Isle Knitting Workshop at Glencolmcille 

Overnights for this Tour -

  • Camden Court  Hotel (or similar), Dublin, 1 Night
  • Kees Hotel (or similar), Ballyofey, Donegal, 1 Night  
  • Bayview Hotel (or similar), Killybegs, Donegal, 2 Nights
  • Salthill Hotel (or similar), Galway, 2 Nights
  • Camden Court  Hotel (or similar), Dublin, 1 Night