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This 9 night knitting and craft tour features visits to Kilkenny, the Burren area in County Clare including the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and scenic Killarney in County Kerry. Your tour begins with a panoramic tour of Dublin City followed a visit to Epic Ireland, the Irish Emigration Museum. On day two, we visit Kilkenny and meet Pauline Gallagher for a knitting workshop. Also, while in Kilkenny, we stop at Zwartbles Ireland Sheep Farm along with Cushendale Woollen Mill. We travel on to Killarney stopping off at the Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle & Woollen Mills store along the way. While in Kerry, we visit the designer and teacher, Liz Spillane for a workshop where Liz will teach you how to make your own yarns and demonstrate techniques to build texture and colour. This tour also includes the Lakes of Killarney, Molls Gap and Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula. We visit County Clare and the Cliffs of Moher and spend a day on the Aran Islands for a knitting workshop with Una McDonagh.
(Wool and patterns are included in all workshops, you need to bring your own needles, sizes will be advised)
Transfer to your hotel (for arrivals prior to 10.30 am on start day of tour) and meet with your group. Epic, the Irish Emigration Museum has been voted Europe’s leading tourist attraction for 2019 and 2020 and is your first visit of your tour. Wander through twenty themed galleries and delve into the history of emigration in Ireland and the impact the Irish have had around the world to date. If time allows, we will also visit This is Knit, an independent, family–owned yarn store at the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre where you will find a large selection of quality, natural fibre yarns from Irish and International producers.
Overnight in Dublin, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
Your tour takes you south to Kilkenny today. Kilkenny is also known as the Marble City and is well renowned as Ireland’s Medieval Capital. The city has a rich medieval heritage which is obvious from the narrow streets to its historical buildings and landmarks. This wonderful city is easy to explore on foot and is also full of contemporary shops, design galleries, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Pauline Gallagher of 'The Knitting Class' will be waiting to welcome you to Kilkenny and her Stranded and Steeked Fair Isle Workshop. In this comprehensive class, you will explore the origins of Fair Isle knitting and get to work on a two colour project specially created for the workshop. The project includes traditional features such as stranded knitting in the round, yarn management, how to read a chart and an introduction to steeks. Later you will secure, cut and finish the steek to complete the project. In the latter part of the workshop, have fun exploring colour choices for multi coloured Fair Isle patterns and learn some tips and tricks for making successful choices.This is a full day workshop with a break for lunch to ensure you get the most out of your time with Pauline. Enjoy some free time before dinner exploring Ireland's smallest city!
Overnight Kilkenny, Lunch, Dinner and Bed & Breakfast included.
Today, we visit Kilkenny Castle, a 12th centure castle set in extensive parklands in the heart of Kilkenny. The Kilkenny Design Centre located nearby offers a fantastic opportunity to view some Irish handcrafted gifts including knitwear, jewellery, Celtic gifts and contemporary design pieces. We leave the city to visit Zwartbles Ireland Sheep Farm where you will meet Suzanna Crampton and her family who breed Zwartbles Sheep. We take a tour of the farm, and meet the sheep and Suzanna will inform us about their unique yarn which can be purchased directly from the farm. After lunch (included), your final visit of the day will be to Cushendale Mill where you might see some wool from the sheep at Suzanna’s farm! See where products made on site are crafted using natural-fibre textiles made with mohair, Irish wool and merino lambs wool. A tour of the mill is also included in your visit. Finally, return to your hotel where the evening is free for you to explore Kilkenny’s restaurants and pubs.
Overnight Kilkenny, Lunch and Bed & Breakfast.
Check out of our Kilkenny hotel and travel south towards Killarney with a few stops along the say. The Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is one of Ireland’s most significant and visited heritage sites. This is a collection of medieval ecclesiastical buildings set on an outcrop of limestone overlooking the Golden Vale. Your onward journey takes you to Blarney Castle where you will have the opportunity to view its stone of eloquence which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Legend has it that if you kiss the stone you will be granted the gift of eloquence! Also, located here is Blarney Woollen Mills, where you will have the opportunity to browse through an amazing array of quality Irish gifts and crafts. Finally, board your tour bus where a warm Irish welcome awaits you at your Killarney hotel.
Overnight Killarney, Dinner and Bed & Breakfast included.
After breakfast, we travel to Bonane, just south of Kenmare, to meet knitwear designer, textile artist and teacher, Liz Spillane. Liz has enjoyed over 30 years teaching knitting classes and has worked as a tutor at the Limerick School of Art & Design. In her workshop, Liz will instruct on creating textured yarns, using a single smooth yarn as a base and a variety of techniques to build texture and colour. Use standard knitting needles to then knit the yarn. After Liz’s class, your coach will take you to the picturesque town of Kenmare in time for lucch (included) and there will also be time to explore the town at your leisure. We continue our journey back to Killarney via Molls Gap, taking time to stop at Ladies View, where you can see views of the 3 Lakes of Killarney as well as the majestic mountain ranges which are all part of Killarney National Park - internationally renowned for both for it’s scenic natural beauty and scientific interest.
Over night in Killarney, Lunch, and Bed & Breakfast included
Today, we travel to Dingle and visit Kerry Woollen Mills en route. This 17th century establishment is one of the last surviving woollen mills in Ireland. Set in a rural location, this mill has been crafting fine fabrics and yarn from wool for over 300 years and this tour will show you how todays mill incorporates up-to-date weaving technology while marrying tradition with contemporary styling for its customers. Continue on to Dingle where you will have some time to wander around this costal town and enjoy lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, we explore The Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head where you will enjoy views of sandy beaches, craggy cliffs, rolling hills and mountains. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for you to rest or spend the evening in Killarney town centre.
Overnight Killarney, Bed & Breakfast included.
Bid farewell to Killarney and travel to County Clare via Adare in County Limerick. Adare village, founded in the 13th century is known as one of Ireland’s prettiest villages with it’s quaint shops and thatched cottages. After some free time exploring the village we journey to the dramatic, vertical Cliffs of Moher, looking out over the Atlantic Sea at the South Eastern edge of The Burren. We take some time in the village of Doolin renowned as the capital of traditional music in Ireland. Check in to your hotel in time for dinner.
Overnight Burren area, Dinner,and Bed & Breakfast included.
This morning, we set out early to travel to Inis Oirr (inisheer), the smallest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. Una McDonagh, your Aran Island knitting instructor will meet you and welcome you with tea/coffee and scones. Una’s workshop will teach you all about the Aran Island way where you will learn traditional methods and stitches such as the Sharry Chain Link Stitch. The Sharry family, one of the island families, has a long-standing connection with the sea and this connection is celebrated in their choice of stitches they use when knitting traditional Aran sweaters. Following your instruction, enjoy a guided tour of this westerly island. Return via ferry back to the mainland to your hotel.
Overnight Burren Area, Lunch, Dinner and Bed & Breakfast included.
We leave County Clare and journey back to Dublin today. We stop at Irish Fibre Crafters where you will find a selection of creations made by local crafters. At Kilbeggan, you will be exploring the oldest licensed distillery of its kind in Ireland, founded in 1757. Learn about the good times, the hard times and how the distillery was saved by the locals! This evening, we re-group at the hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight Dublin, Dinner and 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 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.
This little town is world-famous due to its exquisite location beside lakes and mountains.Take a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the grounds of the Killarney National Park ...
Located in the scenic south west of Ireland, the village of Adare dates back to 1200 A.D. It is widely known as a major Irish tourist attraction and is regarded as one of the pre...
Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland. It is near the River Martin. The castle originally dates from before AD 1200. It was destroyed in 1446, bu...
Dingle is a harbour town set on the Dingle Peninsula in South-West of Ireland. The town also is gateway to the Gaeltacht where Gaelic is the first language. This unique town is f...
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!
|Accommodation Type||11th June 2023|
|Per Person Sharing||$4,781|
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