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Your tour begins in Dublin where we pay a visit to the National Museum of Decorative arts, here you can catch a glimpse of how Irish people in the past lived through their clothing and textiles. The next day in Dublin we will have a ‘knitting with wire’ workshop and visit one of Dublin’s best yarn stores, the Constant Knitter. Leaving Dublin, we will head for Connemara in the West of Ireland. Connemara is characterised by coastal coves and bays, fishing villages and by its vast expanse of mountainous scenery. Before we leave Galway we will enjoy a knitting workshop with Anne O’Maille of Ó'Máilles of Galway, established in 1938, this shop became famous in the 1950s for outfitting the entire cast of the film The Quiet Man. The next two days of your trip will be spent Inis Oirr (Inisheer), one of the famous Aran Islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay. You will enjoy knitting and dyeing workshops learning the traditional methods and stitches the Aran Island way! Your time on the islands will include sightseeing and even a bit of Irish music and dance! The next part of the tour takes places in the south of Ireland where we visit the famous Ring of Kerry with its stunning ocean vistas and we will enjoy a knitting workshop with either Carol Feller or Liz Spillane. Return to Dublin via the famous Blarney Castle where legend has it if you kiss the stone you will never be lost for words and have as the Irish say, ‘the gift of the gab’!
Start at Dublin Airport with a transfer to your hotel (for arrivals prior to 11am on start day of tour). At 1pm, meet at hotel reception and we travel onward to the National Museum of Decorative Arts & History where you see and understand how Irish people in the past lived. Refurbished rooms show typical furniture from the 17th century through to the 19th century. Of particular interest to you may be the textile display ‘The Way We Wore’ which exhibits Irish clothing and jewellery worn from the 1760s on. After your visit, it’s onto Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin’s oldest building, for a guided tour. The remainder of the day will be free before meeting back at the hotel for your welcome dinner. Overnight at the Camden Court Hotel or similar, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
Your second day in Dublin starts with a visit to the Constant Knitter where you will meet a local craftsperson for a demonstration and chat about their craft topic which may either be knitwear design or Irish Lace crochet depending on designer availability. After your visit, travel to Winnie's Craft Cafe, an oasis of calm for knitters. Here we meet resident knitting instructor Pauline who will give you short knitting with wire workshop. All materials will be provided and by the end of the class you should have knit yourself a nice wire leaf pendant which you can take home with you as a souvenir of your knitting tour in Ireland! The craft shop will also be open which stocks a wide range of yarns, books, patterns and accessories. After lunch (included) travel to the vibrant city of Galway and check into your hotel. Galway is a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast. The city is positioned around the 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting place surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer Irish music sessions. In the city's centre you will find stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Overnight at the Ardilaun Hotel or similar, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
Set off for a tour of Connemara this morning. Situated on the most Westerly part of Ireland, Connemara is characterised by coastal coves and bays, fishing villages and by its vast expanse of mountainous scenery. Your first stop will the Spiddal Craft & Design Centre where you will enjoy a traditional Irish willow basket weaving demonstration and an introduction to modern basket designs with experienced basket maker, Ciaran Hogan. You might also enjoy visiting other craftspeople at the centre including traditional hand weaver, Máíre Ní Thaidhg. Next we visit the famous Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. The original castle was built by Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from London whose family was involved in textile manufacturing. He built the castle for his wife Margaret after they visited the area on their honeymoon! To this day, the Abbey remains one of Ireland's most visited tourist attractions owing to its scenic position in front of Pollacapall Lough. Your final stop before leaving this area is 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 free for personal sightseeing or socialising! You might decide to head into town and catch a traditional Irish Music session in any one of Galway’s many trad music pubs or simply relax in your hotel. Overnight at the Ardilaun Hotel or similar, Bed & Breakfast included.
This morning enjoy 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 1950s 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 at the Ardilaun Hotel or similar, Bed & Breakfast included.
Depart your hotel in time to get the morning ferry to Inis Oirr (Inisheer), one of the famous Aran Islands located 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 Café Una where you will be welcomed with tea or coffee and scones. Enjoy an informative 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 people, have a long standing connection with the sea and the women of the family celebrate that culture in their selection of stitches when they knit traditional Aran jumpers. After some time to enjoy the Art Exhibition at the Áras Éanna Arts Centre we take a guided tour of the Island. Inisheer is known to have been inhabited as far back as 1500 BC as the excavation of the site Cnoc Raithní discovered. This afternoon check into your B&B accommodation with time to unwind and become acquainted with your hosts. You will be collected this evening and taken to a local restaurant for a sumptuous meal. Overnight Inis Oirr, Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
Today enjoy a baking demonstration of Aran island brown bread and scones and learn how to make homemade butter the way the native islanders would have had to do in the past. Next participate in a spinning & dying workshop using local plants & lychens in the traditional way. This will continue into the afternoon with a lunch break before you will enjoy some local traditional music before the evening meal. 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 Inis Oírr, Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included.
Check out of your B&B after breakfast and take the early morning ferry directly to Doolin in County Clare. Take a scenic drive around the Burren to the Cliffs of Moher to admire the astonishing views. The Burren is a region of karst bedrock incorporating a vast cracked pavement of glacial period limestone, fossils, rock formations and other archaeological sites. Continuing with your knitting tour we travel to Kerry via the charming town of Adare and visit Kerry Woollen Mills. This 17th century company has been creating fine fabrics and yarn from wool for over 300 years and on your tour, you will observe skilled craftspeople at work. Check into your hotel in Killarney where the remainder of the day until dinner will be free for personal sightseeing. Overnight in the Lake Hotel or similar, Killarney, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included.
After breakfast enjoy a Knitting Workshop with Carol Feller, one of Ireland’s most popular designers and author of the book Contemporary Irish Knits. After lunch (included) take the Ring of Kerry Tour. The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s best-known driving routes and with good reason, for it allows visitors to experience the magnificent natural beauty and also the warmth of the people and the elemental nature of the place. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountains, and the varied Atlantic coast. On the return journey pass through colourful villages like Sneem and pause at Moll's Gap or Ladies View to view the Three Lakes of Killarney before returning to Killarney town. Overnight the Lake Hotel or similar Killarney, Bed & Breakfast Included.
Alternative Day 8: Ring of Kerry & Liz Spillane Knitting Class (Tour Dates: 18th Oct)
Travel to Bonane just outside Kenmare on the beautiful Ring of Kerry to Liz Spillane’s workshop for a knitting workshop. During your workshop with Liz you will experience the joy of creating your very own colourful & textured yarn for hand knitting, using locally spun 100% pure new wool yarns together with existing yarns in the studio store and some very simple techniques. You will also discover and learn some of our many traditional Aran knitting stitch structures. Then, combine the two and create a unique wearable accessory! Continue along the ring of Kerry after the workshop. Overnight in Killarney, Bed & Breakfast Included
Check out of your accommodation and travel Cork to visit Blarney Castle & Woollen Mills Store. Blarney Castle was built by Cormac MacCarthy, a great Irish chieftain more than 600 years ago and since then this amazing stronghold with its ‘stone of eloquence’ has been drawing thousands of curious guests 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, enjoy a farewell dinner at a nearby restaurant and say your goodbyes to new friends. Overnight Camden Court Hotel or similar Dublin, Bed & Breakfast included
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.
The Aran Islands are a group of three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland. The largest island is Inishmore the middle and second-largest is I...
The Burren is a unique karst-landscape region in northwest County Clare, in Ireland and one of the largest Karst landscapes in Europe.
Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is the elder of the city's two mediæval cathedrals, the other being St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is officially claimed as the seat of both the Ch...
The Cliffs of Moher boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as are the valleys and hills of Connemara.
Dublin is both the largest city and capital of Ireland. It is located near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin ...
Admire breathtaking vistas of mountains, cliffs and beaches on Ireland’s most popular drive, the 100-mile Ring of Kerry.
Connemara National Park is one of six National Parks in Ireland that are managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and loc...
Galway is the only city in the province of Connacht in Ireland. City also has a reputation for being associated with the Irish language, music and dancing. The city also bears th...
Visit Kylemore Abbey, a 19th century mansion with an exquisite chapel and reception rooms. The Abbey is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. Originally called Kylemore Cas...
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!
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