Tour Overview

On this tour we will focus on the historic city and county of Kilkenny, the karst Burren region of Clare which includes the majestic Cliffs of Moher, we will visit the Aran Islands; home to Aran Knitting and spend some time in scenic Killarney in county Kerry.  Your adventures will include a tour of Dublin where you see EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, one of Dublin’s newest attractions that focuses on the history of the Irish diaspora. The next day journey to Kilkenny and meet Anita Marnell and Helena Kelly Maye for an intensive knitting and felting workshop.  Your tour of Kilkenny doesn’t finish there however as we will also visit Zwartables Ireland Sheep Farm and Cushendale Woollen Mill. As we journey to Killarney you will visit two historic Castles en-route, the imposing Cahir Castle and the famous Blarney Castle & Woollen Mills store. In Kerry, enjoy another knitting workshop, this time with expert designer and teacher, Ann Spillane. Ann will teach you how to make your own fancy/textured yarns and a variety of methods to build texture and colour. Before you leave Kerry, we will discover the Lakes of Killarney, Molls Gap and the magnificent Dingle Peninsula, visiting Kerry Woollen Mills along the way. The final leg of your journey may be perhaps the most memorable, we visit the famous Cliffs of Moher in county Clare, stay overnight in the lively coastal town of Doolin and take a day trip to the Aran Islands where we will enjoy a knitting workshop and special Aran knitting tour with Una McDonagh.

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
  • 3 lunches
  • 1 Farewell Meal in Dublin
  • Entrance to the following attractions:  Epic The Irish Emigration Museum, Cahir Castle, Blarney Castle & Kilkenny Castle

Workshops/Knitting Activities Included in This Tour

 

  • Knitting & Felting Workshop with Anita Marnell and Helena Kelly Maye in Kilkenny
  • Yarn Development & Knitting workshop with Liz Spillane in Kerry
  • Aran Knitting workshop on the Aran Islands with Una McDonagh
  • Zwartables Ireland Sheep Farm Visit
  • Cushendale Woollen Mill Factory Tour
  • Kerry Woollen Mills Factory Tour
  • Dingle Peninsula Guided Tour
  • Visit This is Knit Yarn Store
  • Carding, Spinning & Weaving Demonstration at Irish Fibre Crafters
  • Important Note: Attractions, Workshops and Demonstrations May Change According to Availability and Scheduling 

Tour highlights

  • Doolin
  • Dublin
  • Killarney
  • Blarney Castle
  • Killarney National Park
  • Cahir Castle
  • Kilkenny
  • Kilkenny Castle

Overnights for this tour

  • Camden Court Hotel (or similar), Dublin, 1 Night
  • River Court Hotel (or similar), Kilkenny, 2 Nights 
  • Lake Hotel (or similar), Killarney, 3 Nights
  • Lahinch Golf & Leisure Hotel (or similar), Lahinch, 2 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 3 nights.

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, Epic - The Irish Emigration Museum & This is Knit

Begin your knitting tour of Ireland with a transfer to your hotel (for arrivals prior to 11am on start day of tour). At 2pm visit Epic, The Irish Emigration Museum. One of Ireland’s newest museums, you can peruse twenty themed exhibits and find out why people left Ireland, how they influenced the world and experience the connections that exist between their descendants and Ireland nowadays. If there is time we will also visit “This is Knit”, a popular family-owned yarn shop where the shelves are full of high quality, natural-fibre yarns, from the best Irish and international brands. Overnight in Dublin, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 2 - Travel to Kilkenny, Knitting, Spinning & Dyeing Workshop with Anita Marnell and Helena Kelly Maye

Check out of your hotel and board your touring coach. Travel to Highbank Orchard in Kilkenny to meet Anita Marnell and Helena Kelly Maye.  Your day starts with tea and coffee and an introduction to your activities, Anita will show you different types of fleeces, both raw and washed, along with other natural fibres which are used in yarn production.  We will discover some knitting techniques with Helena, the honeycomb, blackberry, diamond and cable stitch can be learned, practiced and perfected. After lunch nearby (included), learn how to felt a flower using Merino fleece and decorate to create a Stunning Brooch.  This evening, we travel onward to Kilkenny and check into your hotel. Long renowned as Ireland’s Medieval Capital, the city’s origins date back more than 1,500 years.  The name ‘Kilkenny’, from the Gaelic "Cill Ceannaigh", comes from a 6th century monk called Saint Canice. The city is full of beautifully restored old buildings and enclosed slipways, it is small and compact enough to discover on foot, yet full of interesting old buildings, contemporary shops, design galleries, cafés and restaurants. Overnight in Kilkenny, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 3 - Craft in Kilkenny – Cushendale Mill & Zwartbles Ireland Farm

We start the day with a visit to Kilkenny Castle, a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands.  The infamous Earl of Pembroke also known as Strongbow originally built a wooden castle on the grounds of Kilkenny Casle in 1172. Around 30 years later, the first stone castle was built. Three of this castle's original four towers survive today. We will also visit Kilkenny Design Centre which offers a fantastic selection of Irish handcrafted gifts including Celtic Gifts, Jewellery, Knitwear, Home & Fashion Accessories and contemporary design pieces.  The next part of our journey takes us beyond Kilkenny city to Zwartables Ireland Sheep Farm. Here we meet Suzanne and her family who breed and rear Zwartbles Sheep.  Take a tour of 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. After lunch (included), your final stop for today is Cushendale Mill where products made on site are crafted using natural-fibre textiles made with mohair, Irish wool and merino lambswool. 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! Return to Kilkenny where the remainder of the day is free for you to do your own personal sightseeing or shopping. Dinner is not included tonight so that you can sample one of Kilkenny’s many fine restaurants if you wish. Overnight in Kilkenny, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 4 - Cahir Castle & Blarney Castle and Woollen Mills Store

Today we make our way to Killarney visiting not one but two castles along the way!  The first being Cahir Castle in county Tipperary. Cahir Castle, one of the largest castles in Ireland, is located on an island in the river Suir. It was built from 1142 by Conor O'Brien, Prince of Thomond, the powerful Anglo-Norman family by the name of Butler came into ownership of the castle in 1375.  On a tour of the castle you will learn all about its long history including how it was captured three times! The castle still has its impressive keep, its original tower and much of its defensive structures. Continue to Cork and the village of Blarney where we will visit Blarney Castle and Woollen Mills Store. A famous Irish chieftain by the name of Cormac MacCarthy built Blarney Castle more than 600 years ago.  The castle is now partly in ruins but there are some rooms and battlements that one can access. Once you climb the 125 steps to the top of the castle a local tradition says that if you kiss the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone you will be gifted for ever after with, ‘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 Gift & Craft Store. Continue to Killarney and check into your hotel where dinner will await you. Overnight in Killarney, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 5 - Knitting Workshop with Liz Spillane & Kerry Sightseeing

This morning we travel to Kenmare to meet knitwear designer and textile artist, Liz Spillane.  Liz has more than 30 years’ experience teaching knitting classes and has even worked as a tutor in the fashion department in the Limerick School of Art & Design. Your workshop with Liz will include creating fancy/ textured yarns, using a single smooth yarn as a base and a variety of methods to build the texture and colour of the wool. The yarn is then knitted with standard knitting needles.  After the workshop we will travel to Kenmare for lunch (included) and afterwards you will have some time to explore Kenmare at your leisure. We return to Killarney via the mountain road to Moll’s Gap and Ladies View where you will be treated to unrivalled views of the Killarney Valley. With its three famous lakes and majestic mountain ranges, Killarney has been the inspiration of poets and painters over many centuries. The Killarney National Park is internationally celebrated both for its scenic beauty and scientific interest. Overnight in Killarney, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 6 - Kerry Woollen Mills & Dingle

After breakfast travel to Dingle, 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. Continue to Dingle where after a few hours to explore the town at your leisure. Dingle town is characterised by colourful craft shops, traditional Irish pubs and quaint sea views. Famous for its food and in particular its seafood with the annual food festival drawing thousands of visitors each year, you are sure to find a nice spot for lunch! The peninsula itself is ringed by sandy beaches and craggy cliffs and Inland you will find rolling hills and mountains, including the 952m Mount Brandon which towers overhead. Return to Killarney where the remainder of the evening is free for your personal sightseeing or shopping. Overnight in Killarney, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 7 - Travel to Doolin via Adare & Visit the Cliffs of Moher

Board your coach again and travel to Adare in County Limerick. Often considered one of Ireland's prettiest and most picturesque villages, Adare is a haven for those wishing to escape and unwind! After some free time to explore the village and its pretty thatched craft shops and other attractions continue to Doolin where we visit the dramatic Cliffs of Moher! Without a doubt, one of Ireland’s most visited attractions, the cliffs run for about nine miles and rise about 390 feet above the Atlantic. From the various viewpoints it is possible to see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north, and Loop Head to the south. After your visit there will be free time for you to explore the pretty town of Doolin.  Doolin is a vivacious place full of atmosphere and home to some of the region’s best, eateries and fantastic local shops. Overnight in the Burren Area, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included.

Day 8 - Day trip to the Aran Islands

Depart your hotel in time to get the early morning ferry to Inis Oirr (Inisheer), one of the famed Aran Islands positioned in 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 the Café Una where you will be welcomed with refreshments. Then, enjoy a Knitting Workshop where you will learn traditional methods and stitches the way they are traditionally done on the Aran Islands!  In your class you will learn the Sharry Chain Link Stitch. The Sharry family, families on Inis Oirr have a long-lasting association with the sea and the women of the family celebrate that connection in their choice of stitches. After some time to enjoy the Art Exhibition at the Aras Eanna centre take a guided tour of the Island.  There are many attractions to be found on Inisheer – an ancient castle, a shipwreck, a lighthouse and one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches. This evening take the return ferry back to the mainland and return to your hotel. Overnight in the Burren Area, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included.

Day 9 - Return to Dublin via Tullamore D.E.W. Heritage Centre & The Irish Fibre Crafters

Check out of your hotel and make your way back to Dublin. We will make a few stops enroute, to break up the journey. About an hour or so from Doolin we will visit the Irish Fibre Crafters for a Carding, Spinning & Weaving Demonstration. After your visit continue to Tullamore D.E.W. Heritage Centre where you will learn how Daniel E. Williams went from stable boy to distillery manager and to creating the whiskey which still bears his initials today. After sampling some of this fine Irish whiskey, continue to Dublin where the afternoon is free for your personal sightseeing or shopping. This evening meet back at the hotel and we will travel together to a local restaurant for a final farewell dinner in a local Dublin restaurant. Overnight in Dublin, Bed & Breakfast included.

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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!

9 Night Kerry, Kilkenny and Aran Islands Irish Knitting and Craft Tour

Accomodation Type 31st May 2020
Per person sharing €2,849
Single Supplement €839

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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