Tour Overview

Luxury Knitting Retreat in the Southwest of Ireland with Instructor Carol Feller -

Our luxury knitting retreats use one central luxury hotel as the primary location so you can truly relax and enjoy the Irish countryside! This retreat begins in Dublin where after some time to explore the city, you will discover one of Dublin’s famous knitting shops; the Constant Knitter. The following day we will travel to Sneem in County Kerry and check into the stunning Parknasilla Resort Hotel. Here you will stay for the next 4 nights in the company or one of Ireland’s top knitters, Carol Feller. Learn about Carol’s seamless cables, short row and grafting techniques while relaxing in the surroundings of this luxurious retreat hotel. We will have some optional tours lined up so that you can get out and see the local countryside if you wish!

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, entrance fees included if applicable.
  • The company of your knitting host Carol Feller for 4 days.
  • Knitting workshops as described in the itinerary including yarn and patterns
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 7  nights
  • Irish breakfast daily
  • 5 hotel table d’hote dinners
  • 1 Dinner followed by Traditional Music Show at the Parknasilla Resort Hotel
  • 1 Farewell Dinner in Dublin City
  • 2 lunches
  • Irish Whiskey and Chocolate Tasting Event at Parknasilla
  • Optional touring as described in the itinerary

Workshops/Knitting Activities Included in This Tour

 

  • Knitting workshops as described in the itinerary including yarn and patterns
  • Visit Constant Knitter Yarn Store
  • Knitting on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula
  • Visit Zwartbles Ireland Sheep Farm
  • Visit Cushendale Woollen Mill

Tour highlights

  • Dublin
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Cahir Castle
  • Kenmare
  • Kilkenny
  • Kilkenny Castle

Overnights for this tour

  • Hyatt Centric Hotel (or similar), Dublin, 1 Night
  • Parknasilla Resort Hotel, County Kerry, 4 Nights
  • Lyrath Estate, County Kilkenny, 1 Night
  • Hyatt Centric 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 Arrival, Dublin City Tour & Constant Knitter

Begin your knitting tour of Ireland with a transfer to your hotel (for arrivals prior to 11am). After the tour introduction at your hotel, pay a visit to The Constant Knitter. Located in Francis Street in the heart of the historic Liberties area, the Constant Knitter has been a favoured stop of many of our knitters through the years. Meet a local craftsperson for a demo/informal chat about their craft topic which will either be knitwear design or Irish Lace crochet. Next, it’s off to the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, the primary repository of the nation’s archaeological treasures. Artefacts on display include the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch, dating from the 12th and 8th centuries respectively. After a panoramic tour of the city, return to your hotel where you will have time to relax before your evening welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Dublin, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 2 - Travel to Kerry via Cahir Castle

Today your knitting retreat will take you to Kerry via the remarkable Cahir Castle, one of the largest castles in Ireland, Cahir is situated on an island in the river Suir. It was constructed in 1142 by Conor O'Brien. Given to the influential Butler family in the 14th century, the castle was renovated between the 15th and 17th centuries. The castle’s keep, tower and defensive structures remain intact. Continue to Parknasilla Resort Hotel and check in. Given its scenic location, Parknasilla is the perfect place to relax and unwind so much so that George Bernard Shaw famously described the location as "a place of long sea views and intricate walks between ferns and fuchsias….. a part of our dream world." After checking in, meet your host Carol Feller. You will spend a lot more time with Carol over the next few days, so this evening is an informal get together and ‘get to know each other’ session with some informal knitting thrown in for good measure! Overnight at Parknasilla Resort Hotel, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 3 - Knitting, Whiskey, Chocolate and Trad!

Over the course of this knitting retreat you will work on a very special cabled hat and cowl set with Carol which you will begin today. Both of these patterns will provide a great learning experience as they are knit from side-to-side with some fantastic techniques! You’ll learn how to do a provisional cast-on, cables without a cable needle, short rows in pattern and grafting in pattern. Carol will walk you through every step of the project over the following days. Learn how to tighten up loose cables and fix cable errors. Go on a virtual tour of Irish Mills with Carol and even learn how to pick the right size garment to knit. This afternoon, enjoy a Whiskey and Chocolate Tasting Event where experienced whiskey and chocolate connoisseurs will take you through the history of Whiskey in Ireland and how to pair it with the perfect chocolate flavours. You can enjoy samples of both or either! This evening after dinner enjoy a Traditional Irish Music Show in the hotel’s bar.  Overnight at Parknasilla Resort Hotel, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 4 - Optional Tour: Ring of Kerry

Today you can opt to stay at Parknasilla and enjoy some of the facilities on offer. Pamper yourself at the hotel’s Spa, surrounded   by the natural beauty of woodlands, ocean and mountains; let your troubles drift away as you take in this awe inspiring backdrop, enjoy a round of golf at the nearby course or just relax in the wonderful surroundings. Alternatively, you join us for a tour of a section of the Ring of Kerry which will include a visit to Kenmare, Sneem and Ladies View or Molls Gap. Return to the hotel where there will be time to relax and work on your knitting projects.  Overnight at Parknasilla Resort Hotel, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 5 - Optional Tour: Sheep’s Head Peninsula with Workshop

Again, today if you prefer to stay at Parknasilla you can do that or join us for a tour of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula in Cork. If you do decide to tour with us, bring your knitting! Today we travel to Cork across the glorious Healy Pass. Often compared to Kerry’s Conor Pass, the Healy Pass is known for some of Ireland’s best scenic views. It was built in 1847 during famine times to connect Cork and Kerry and to provide relief work for the poor. Your coach driver will stop so that you can get out and enjoy the scenery. Continue to Sheep’s Head and meet Niamh and the other organisers of the annual Sheep’s Head Yarn festival. Enjoy some knitting sessions with Niamh and the gang on the topic of travel sock knitting or textured stitches depending on your preference. After the workshop and some lunch we will explore the peninsula before returning to the hotel in time for dinner.  Overnight at Parknasilla Resort Hotel, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 6 - Travel to Kilkenny via Zwartables Farm & Cushendale Mill

Today, we travel towards the city of Kilkenny, colloquially known as the ‘Marble City’, making a stop or two along the way. Firstly, we visit Zwartables Ireland to meet Suzanna and her family who breed and rear Zwartbles Sheep.  Tour the farm, meet the sheep and chat with the family who will tell you all about their unique yarn which you can buy direct from the farm if you wish. Nearby we will also visit Cushendale Mill where products made on site are crafted natural-fibre textiles made with mohair, Irish wool and merino lamb’s wool. Enjoy a tour of the mill and see the spinning mule in action. You might even spot some of the wool from the sheep at Zwartables Ireland! Continue to your nearby hotel for check-in and take some time to relax before dinner. Overnight in Kilkenny, Dinner Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 7 - Kilkenny Castle & Return to Dublin

We start the day with a visit to Kilkenny Castle, a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands. There are ornamental gardens on the city side of the castle, and extensive land and gardens to the front. It has become one of the most visited tourist sites in Ireland. There will also be time to visit Kilkenny Design Centre across the courtyard which offers a fantastic selection of Irish handcrafted gifts including jewellery, knitwear, and pottery. Travel onward to Dublin where on arrival the remainder of the day is free for you to explore, shop or relax before your farewell dinner this evening. Overnight in Dublin, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 8 - 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.

Route map

 

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!

7 Night Southwest Ireland Luxury Knitting Retreat

Accomodation Type 4th April 2020 3rd October 2020
Per Person Sharing €2,999 €2,999
Single Supplement €719 €719

Notes

Pre Tour Arrangements (Optional/Additional): 

Package A

  • 2 x Pre-Nights at Hyatt Centric (or similar)
  • Arrival Transfer
  • 2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Ticket
  • Per person sharing one room  - €   409
  • Supplement if single room is required - €    309

Package B

  • 1 x Pre-Night at Hyatt Centric (or similar)
  • Arrival Transfer
  • 1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Ticket
  • Per person sharing one room- € 249
  • Supplement if single room is required- €   159

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