Baronial Borders Knitting Retreat – July 17-24, 2017

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Knitting Retreat in the

Scottish Borders

July 17-24, 2017

Registration is now open!!

 This retreat is designed for knitters who enjoy a more relaxed pace on their holidays, with plenty of time to get to know an area.  After our first night in Glasgow, we will be traveling to the Scottish Borders where we will spend five nights at Sir Walter Scott’s Baronial Manor Home, Abbotsford.  From there, we will make short excursions into the surrounding countryside, visiting other stately homes, castles and romantic abbey ruins. The Borders has always been a textile hub of Scotland with mills churning out everything from tartan and hosiery to, more recently, Alpaca yarn!  We will have a knitting workshop with designers from Eribé, one of Europe’s largest hand-knitting companies, and, since we will be staying in the historic home of Scotland’s most famous author, we also enjoy an evening of storytelling!

Day by Day Itinerary:

July 17         Depart for Scotland (Overnight flight)
Day 1        Tuesday, July 18

After arriving at the Airport you will be transferred to Glasgow’s Belhaven Hotel and will have the option of join the group for an afternoon of exploring Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Art Nouveau buildings or exploring Glasgow on your own, perhaps taking in the nearby Botanic Gardens and Yarn Cake, a knitting café.

Day 2      Wednesday, July 19

Today we head into the Borders of Scotland to our home away from home, Abbotsford!  Our luxury semi self-catering accommodation is surrounded by manicured gardens and parkland on the banks of the river Tweed, with many trails to explore.  Before we arrive, however, we will be visiting Velvet Hill Alpaca Farm to meet the Alpacas and have a little Alpaca trek in the countryside! 

From there, it is on to Traquair House, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland.  There we will have lunch in the 1765 Tearoom, enjoy a textile tour of the house, and have time to explore the grounds and have tea with local knitters. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Traquair House

Day 3     Thursday, July 20

After a wonderful breakfast prepared for us by Abbotsford’s catering staff, we will enjoy a tour of the public areas of the house and learn about its history and it’s original owner, Sir Walter Scott.  In the afternoon, we will travel to the Lochcarron Textile Mill for lunch and a tour, and then on to Hawick to visit the Textile Tower House, a museum exploring the history of the Textile industry in the Borders, from tartan and hose (stockings) to luxury cashmere.  After dinner at a nearby restaurant, the long summer evening can be filled with walks on the grounds, or knitting in the drawing room, whichever strikes your fancy.

Day 4      Friday, July 21

After a wonderful breakfast prepared for us by Abbotsford’s catering staff, we will host a knitting workshop with one of Eribé’s designer’s in our drawing room.  After lunch, we will then head off to The Border Mill to see the alpaca yarn produced.  A stop at Dryburgh Abbey and perhaps a scenic walk will whet our appetites for dinner at a local pub.

Day 5     Saturday, July 22

Today we will visit Floor’s Castle for a tour of the Castle, time to explore the gardens, and a proper Tea for Lunch. In the afternoon, we can walk into the town of Kelso for the annual festivities of The Kelso Riding, a unique border tradition which involves The Kelso Laddie and his men riding the borders of the town and returning to the town square to report back to the citizens.  A local Ceilidh band will be playing in the square and we will stay in Kelso for dinner before returning to Abbotsford.  There is a dance occurring that night in Kelso, and we can possibly attend if enough of the group is interested.  More details will follow as they become available.

Day 6     Sunday, July 23

Our final day together will be spent enjoying the town of Melrose, including its Abbey and gardens before returning to Abbotsford for a farewell dinner in the grand dining room and an evening of Storytelling! 

Day 7     Monday, July 24

After breakfast at Abbotsford, we will head to Glasgow International Airport for your flight home.

Baronial Borders Retreat 2017 Total Costs: $2850.00

*Early Bird Discount of 3% when paid in full with check or bank transfer upon booking. Discount of up to $1200 when combined with Wool & Whisky!

Optional Extras Include: Single Supplements and Custom Airfare

Optional Extensions Available:

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

Included in the Package Price:
  • 1 night accommodation in Glasgow’s Belhaven Hotel
  • 5 nights luxury self-catering accommodation in Abbotsford’s Hope Scott Wing with some shared bathrooms
  • 6 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and 1 Afternoon Tea
  • Entrance fees
  • Knitting Workshop with Eribé designer
  • Scotland Airport transfers and Private Mini Coach
  • International Airfare from New York or Boston
Not included in Package Price:
  • Soda, Alcoholic drinks and personal items
  • Gratuities
  • Yarn!

This group is limited to 14 participants to ensure a small group experience.  Rowan Tree Travel has purchased a Group Protection Plan on behalf of all participants.*

To register, please contract Heather Radl via email to 

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

Note: Small hotels in Scotland often do not have elevators – if you require a ground floor room, please note it on your registration.  Otherwise, please pack accordingly. 

This trip needs at least 12 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

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