Tour Overview

Start your knitting tour of Ireland in the historic city of Dublin where you will have the opportunity to see Trinity College Library with its famous Book of Kells before you visiting the Constant Knitter, a local yarn store to meet a craftsperson for a short demonstration on their craft topic and informal chat.  On your second day in Dublin you will meet Lisa from ‘This is Knit’ for a knitting class on the Moebius Knitting method.  A highlight of your tour may well be the trip to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands where we will experience traditional knitting and crafts with Una McDonagh. Continue to County Mayo where you we will visit the Museum of Country Life, an informative museum which displays the way of life of rural Irish people from 1850 with a strong focus on traditional crafts and trade. In Donegal, we visit Studio Donegal, a hand-weaving and clothing manufacturing business, the stunning Slieve League Cliffs, Glencolmcille Folk Village and we enjoy a workshop with Irish Designer Edel MacBride. The following day discover Ireland’s famous Causeway Coast, visiting the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle. See Belfast City and explore the famous Titanic Belfast museum and Mourne Alpacas outside the city. Before you return to Dublin for your final overnight, enjoy a spinning and tapestry workshop with Aine Dunne and pay a visit to Irish Linen Museum for a guided tour.

What's included

  • Transfers on arrival and departure by private coach (for arrivals prior to 11am on tour start date and departures on tour end date)
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary in a luxury coach with an experienced driver and accredited guide
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 9 nights
  • Irish breakfast daily
  • 5 hotel table d’hote dinners
  • 5 lunches
  • 1 Farewell Meal in Dublin
  • Entrance to the following attractions: Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Slieve League Cliffs, Dún Aonghasa, Tullamore DEW Distillery, Guinness Storehouse, Trinity Library and the Book of Kells
  • Mourne Alpaca Farm Visit
  • Studio Donegal Weaving Demonstration
  • Spinning Demonstration with June Bourke of Back to Back Yarns
  • Return ferry to Inis Mór, Aran Islands
  • Inis Mór Guided Tour
  • Museum of Country Life

Workshops/Knitting Activities Included in This Tour

  • Spinning & Tapestry Workshop with Aine Dunne
  • Knitting Workshop with Edel MacBride from Knitfield
  • Knitting Workshop with Ciara Ní Reachtnín
  • Knitting Workshop with Lisa Sisk from This is Knit
  • Meeting with local designer at the Constant Knitter
  • Important Note: Attractions, Workshops and Demonstrations May Change According to Availability and Scheduling 

Tour highlights

  • Aran Islands
  • Belfast
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Dublin
  • Dublin Castle
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College & Book of Kells
  • Museum of Country Life
  • The Titanic Museum
  • Glencolumbcille Folk Village
  • Slieve League

Overnights for this tour

  • Camden Court Hotel or similar, Dublin, 2 Nights
  • Aran Islands Hotel, Inis Mor, 2 Nights 
  • Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo, 1 Night (September date Yeat’s Country Hotel, Sligo)
  • Mill Park, Donegal, 2 Nights  
  • Tara Lodge Hotel or similar, Belfast, 2 Nights
  • Camden Court Hotel or similar, Dublin, 1 Night

Accomodation options

  • Optional pre-night packages available should you wish to spend a night or two extra in Dublin before the tour starts, please see pricing section for details.

Day 1 - Dublin Sightseeing

Begin your Ireland Knitting Tour with a transfer to your first hotel (available for arrivals prior to 11am). At 1pm enjoy a visit to Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells, followed by a chance to explore Dublin city. Next, visit the Constant Knitter, a local yarn store, where you will meet a craftsperson for a demonstration and informal discussion about their craft topic.  The balance of the evening will be open for you to explore the city at your leisure before meeting back at the hotel for your welcome dinner. Overnight in Dublin, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 2 - This is Knit Workshop & Dublin Sightseeing Including The Guinness Storehouse

First thing today we pay a visit to ‘This is Knit’, one of Dublin’s famous yarn stores for an informative talk on the developments in the Irish Hand Knitting scene over the years as well as a two hour ‘Moebius Knitting’ workshop on the stunning ‘Glenties Cowl’ pattern, designed by Lisa Sisk.  For this workshop you will be using Soft Donegal yarn from Studio Donegal in the Northwest of Ireland. After your workshop we will stop at Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse for a guided tour. This museum discusses the history of Ireland's most famous export, through various interactive exhibition areas including ingredients, brewing, transport, cooperage, advertising and sponsorship. This evening dinner is not included so that you can sample one of Dublin’s many restaurants and bars at your leisure. Overnight in Dublin, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 3 - Travel to The Aran Islands Via Tullamore D.E.W. Heritage Centre

After breakfast, it’s on to the coach again to travel to Tullamore D.E.W. Heritage Centre where you will discover how Daniel E. Williams went from stable boy to distillery manager, creating the whiskey which still bears his initials today.  We will enjoy lunch here before continuing to Rossaveal in County Galway for the ferry to Inis Mór (Also spelled Inishmore), the biggest of the three Aran Islands. On arrival, we will meet with some Aran Island locals for an introduction to Aran life which will pay special attention to history of Dun Aonghasa in preparation for your visit the next day. Dinner will be served at the hotel accompanied by your hosts.  After dinner, enjoy a quick traditional Irish dancing lesson or if your tired feet are not up to the task, you can watch the instructor demonstrate some simple steps! Overnight on Inis Mor (Inishmore), Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 4 - Another Day & Night on Inis Mór!

This morning, enjoy a Knitting Workshop where you will learn the traditional methods and stitches the way the Aran Islanders do it!  Then it’s off for a tour of Inis Mór with your local guide. The island is littered with more than 50 different monuments of Christian and pre Christian origin and you will pay a visit to the impressive cliff top fort of Dún Aonghasa. This historic fort consists of three terraced walls surrounding an inner enclosure, a platform on the edge of a three-hundred-foot high cliff. Please note that the walk to the fort is up a sharp incline and suitable footwear should be worn and is not recommended for those who may have walking difficulties. The views from Dún Aonghasa are breathtakingly spectacular. On your tour you will also visit some of the local knitwear shops on the island and enjoy a delicious meal at Teach Nan Phaidi! Overnight on Inis Mor (Inishmore), Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 5 - Museum of Country Life & Knitting Workshop with Ciara Ní Reachtnín

We begin the day with the early morning ferry back to the mainland. From here travel through Connemara to the Museum of Country Life, an informative museum which displays the way of life of rural Irish people from 1850 with a strong focus on traditional crafts and trade.  After lunch (included), enjoy a knitting workshop with Ciara Ní Reachtnín. During your time with Ciara you will learn how to make a shawl named after Sionann (Shannon), the river goddess. According to Irish Mythology, the River Shannon was named after a local woman named Sionann who was the granddaughter of Lir, the Celtic God of the ocean. In this workshop, Ciara will show you how to read charts and work the cables in her unique design as well as adding beads to the shawl.  Finally travel the short distance to Sligo where you will check into your hotel for tonight. Overnight in Sligo, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 6 - Travel to Donegal- Slieve League Cliffs and Glencolmcille

Today we travel to Donegal on Ireland’s Northwest coast. First stop is a visit to Studio Donegal, a hand-weaving and clothing manufacturer committed to preserving traditional Irish hand-weaving. Here you will see the progression of hand-weaving from start to finish including the spinning, warping and weaving of the wool. Next it’s on to Slieve League Cliffs, one of the highest cliffs in Europe to enjoy some amazing views.  After lunch (included) we will travel the short distance to Glencolmcille, an area famous for its wealth of traditional Irish culture, music and prehistoric settlements. Take a tour of Glencolmcille Folk Village, a collection of several small cottages, called a ‘clachan’, resting on a hillside that overlooks the stunning Glen Bay Beach. Designed, constructed and conserved by local residents, the Folk Village is one of Ireland's longest running living-history museums.  Overnight in Donegal, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included.

Day 7 - Edel MacBride Knitting Workshop & Free time in Donegal Town

Today meet one of Ireland’s finest knitwear designers, Edel MacBride, for a core Aran Knitting workshop including yarn pack, working the best of Irish moss, cable and Edel’s favourite Aran stitches.  After your class and some lunch (not included) we take an optional trip to the nearby Donegal Craft Village where time will be allowed for you to peruse the craft shops at your leisure or have a coffee at the cafe. Of particular interest to you may be the Weaving and Felting studios. Return to Donegal where the afternoon is free for your personal sightseeing or shopping in Donegal town. Donegal has lots of nice craft shops and Magee Tweed is well worth a visit or you may like to visit Donegal Castle which was built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century. Overnight in Donegal, Bed & Breakfast Included.

Day 8 - Northern Ireland's Causeway Coast

Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast is rated as one of the top five road trips worldwide and when you see it you will see why! The road meanders around a stunning narrow strip of coastline between spectacular sea views and truly majestic high cliffs. We pay a visit to the Giant’s Causeway where around 60 million years ago, three great lava flows were laid down, cooling the basaltic plateau that makes an attention-grabbing photo opportunity today!  On your journey you will also visit the ruins of Dunluce Castle which is situated dramatically close to a headland that plunges directly into Ocean! Your tour today ends in Belfast City where the remainder of the evening is free to check out the local bars and restaurants.  Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast of Northern Ireland.  Overnight in Belfast, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 9 - Belfast Sightseeing, Titanic Belfast & Mourne Alpaca Farm

This morning, enjoy a visit to Mourne Alpacas outside Belfast, a family managed herd of Alpaca and pedigree angora goats that produce high quality fleeces, so much so that their motto at the farm is “We breed for heat, not for meat!” Once you have been up close and cosy with the alpacas, and had a chance for plenty of photos and questions, we will move onto the fleece. While enjoying a cuppa after all your hands on with the alpacas and the fleece, you can get a chance to see, feel and purchase quality alpaca yarns and some blend yarns, in many natural colours of the alpaca and some stunning seasonal colour ranges created from natural dyes as well. Upon your return to the city, experience Titanic Belfast, one of Ireland’s newest and most popular museums, constructed on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was originally built. Galleries reconstruct scenes from Belfast at the time of its construction, the launch, the maiden voyage, the sinking and the aftermath. This museum is extremely interactive, with displays that bring each period of the Titanic to life.  The remainder of the evening is your own to continue to enjoy the vibrant Belfast atmosphere. Overnight in Belfast, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 10 - Return to Dublin - Irish Linen Museum Lisburn & Spinning and Tapestry Workshop

Linen was an important industry in Ireland, particularly in the North of Ireland. So much so that Belfast was fondly referred to as 'Linenopolis'!  We will learn more about the fascinating linen industry by visiting the Linen Museum in Lisburn.  On your guided tour of the museum you will learn about the artefacts that are housed in the old Market House, a late seventeenth century building. Leaving Belfast, we travel to the Boyne Valley to meet Aine Dunne a tapestry weaver and artist, resident and working from Drogheda. With Aine and her team, you will enjoy a Spinning & Tapestry Workshop; here you will be introduced to hand spinning sheep’s wool by using a drop spindle and try your hand at weaving a sample piece on a four-sided tapestry frame loom. During your time with Aine you will gain insight into her designs, weaving methods and work schedule.  Return to Dublin where this evening your final farewell dinner will be served in a local restaurant. Overnight in Dublin, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 11 - End of Tour

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.

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Tour Prices

Non-Knitter Partners & Friend

Do you have a partner or friend that doesn't knit? They are welcome to come along, ask our sales representatives about our non-knitter discount!

10 NIGHT ARAN ISLANDS, DONEGAL & CAUSEWAY COAST KNITTING TOUR

Accomodation Type 4 Apr 2020 11 Jul 2020 12 Sep 2020
Per Person Sharing €2,999 €2,999 €2,999
Single Supplement €679 €679 €679

Notes

Pre Tour Arrangements (Optional/Additional): 

Package A

  • 2 x Pre-Nights at Camden Court (or similar)
  • Arrival Transfer
  • 2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Ticket
  • Per person sharing one room  - €   349
  • Supplement if single room is required - €    89

Package B

  • 1 x Pre-Night at Camden Court (or similar)
  • Arrival Transfer
  • 1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Ticket
  • Per person sharing one room- € 219
  • Supplement if single room is required- €   49

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