Wool and Whisky – September 7-14 2017

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Wool & Whisky

Rescheduled for September 7-14

Updated Itinerary!!!

Thursday, September 7 – Welcome to Scotland! 

The group will gather at the airport and then head over for lunch at The Mill at New Lanark, followed by a tour of this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site with a fascinating social history.  There will also be plenty of time to let loose in their amazing gift shop to purchase the yarn they spin there today.  When we are done, we will make our way to The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha on the Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond! 

Friday, September 8 – North to Inverness

Plenty of time this morning to shake the cobwebs loose after your overnight flight the day before.  Take a walk on the path along the Loch, or just sleep in!  Rather than hopping right on the bus, we will take the Water Taxi across the Loch to explore the lovely conservation village of Luss.  Luss was historically a slate mining village, and all of the little cottages there still have slate roofs.  There is a nice café to grab something to eat before we hop on the bus for our trip North to Inverness.  Along the way we will stop at Glen Coe for some gorgeous photo opportunities and then at Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness for some Nessie spotting opportunities!  When we arrive at The Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness, you will have an opportunity to take a stroll along the River Ness before we meet for dinner.  After dinner, there are plenty of pubs offering live music if you have the energy!

Saturday, September 9 – Wool and Whisky, as promised!

Today we will head into Speyside to visit Knockando Woolen Mill – an historic local mill weaving tartan cloth as well as spinning their own line of wool for handknitting.  We will have lunch on our own in the café there before heading to Cardhu Distillery for a tour and tasting.  Cardhu just happens to be the only distillery started by a woman and it produces some very nice whisky indeed!  From Cardhu, it will be on to the comfiest castle I know – Cawdor Castle.  After seeing the lovely and eclectic rooms, you will want to just curl up by the fireside, but hopefully the beautiful gardens, maze and woodland walks will tempt you outside.  Finally, we will end our evening at The Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George with lots of food tents to tempt you before the main event of Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing and Military displays begins.

Sunday, September 10 – The Perth Festival of Yarn!

We have a long drive ahead of us this morning in order to get to the Perth Festival of Yarn, but the vendor list is full of tempting woolly offerings from small local producers.  There will be workshops available to sign up for and a keynote talk by Di Gilpin, a truly inspiring designer!  The workshops on offer are:

 – Advanced Spinning with Exotic Fibres with Janet Renouf-Miller

 – Design your own top-down shawl with John Glen

 – Introduction To Shawl Knitting with Maddie Harvey

 – Demystifying Double-Knitting with Nathan Taylor

 – Learn how to make a 30cm traditional Waldorf doll with knitted body with Sarah Berry

In the evening we will back track a bit to the lovely town of Pitlochry for a stay at The Pine Trees Hotel – a wonderful old Country House.

Monday, September 11 – St Andrews Bound

This morning we will have a tour of Glamis Castle, and if Cawdor Castle is the comfiest, I think Glamis is the most beautiful (and the spookiest!).  After lunch in the tea room, we will make our way to St Andrews.  Famous as the home of golf as well as for its ancient university, St Andrews has a lot to explore.  Not only are there lots of shops and cafes in this small seaside city, but the castle ruins have tunnels to scamper through and if you are up for a climb, there are few views that can rival the one from the top of St. Rule’s Tower at the Cathedral.  We will stay at The Ardgowan Hotel in the city centre.

Tuesday, September 12 – Edinburgh at last!

This morning we will head to Edinburgh and jump right into our Yarn Crawl of Edinburgh’s Independent Yarn Stores specializing in British Yarns.  Then on to Afternoon Tea at the Tower Restaurant with beautiful views of Edinburgh Castle before having an amazing Fiber Tour of the National Museum of Scotland.  Once we check in at The Parliament House Hotel, you have the rest of the afternoon to explore the many things Edinburgh has to offer.

Wednesday, September 13

 Largely a free day, we will meet mid-morning on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile for a walking tour that will focus on Edinburgh’s Royal History.  The tour will take in the lower half of The Royal Mile and end at Holyrood Palace, still used by the Royal Family when they visit Scotland.  You will have the opportunity to tour it if you wish.  More free time in the afternoon, and then we will gather together for a Farewell Dinner near our hotel.

Optional Extensions Available:

Extensions are available for those wishing to arrive early or stay later to explore more of Iceland on their own.  Please note on the registration form if you are interested.

W&W Total Cost: $2600.00* (airfare not included)

*Discount of 3% when paid in full with check or bank transfer upon booking.

Optional Extras Include: Single Supplements

This group is limited to 12 participants to ensure a small group experience. Rowan Tree Travel has purchased a Group Protection Plan on behalf of all participants.*

*The Group Protection Plan may not apply to participants who are not US Citizens.  Please enquire for details.

To register, please contract Heather Radl via email to heather@rowantreetravel.com. 

This trip needs at least 6 participants in order to proceed.  Please refer to the Group Protection Plan Document for cancellation coverage.  All cancellations should be communicated as soon as possible via email to heather@rowantreetravel.com.

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