Baronial Borders Retreat – June 9-14 2018

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Knitting Retreat in the Scottish Borders

June 9-14, 2018

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.  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 a local designer or two, and enjoy a mini yarn festival on our doorstep!

There is no day by day itinerary for this retreat as it’s relaxed pace and optional excursions will enable us to play things by ear to maximize the weather and the interests of the group. Possible outings include the nearby town of Melrose and it’s beautiful abbey ruin, Floors Castle in Kelso, The Border Mill – producers of alpaca yarns for several local fiber artists, and Traquair House, an historic home with a fascinating story, a world famous needlepoint collection, an award winning brewery, and a hedge maze!  Walks along the River Tweed and over the Eildon Hills are also possibilities, and may be accompanied by alpacas!


Baronial Borders Retreat 2018 Costs: $1720*

*Early Bird Discount of 3% when paid in full with check or bank transfer upon booking. Airfare sold separately.

Single Supplement : $400 (limited quantities)
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:
  • 5 nights luxury accommodation in Abbotsford’s Hope Scott Wing with some shared bathrooms
  • 5 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and 1 Afternoon Tea
  • Entrance fees
  • Knitting Workshop with local designer
  • Scotland Airport transfers and Private Mini Coach for excursions
Not included in Package Price:
  • International Airfare, Soda, Alcoholic drinks and personal items
  • Gratuities
  • Yarn!


The Small Print:

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.*

*The Group Protection Plan does not apply to participants who are not US Citizens.  Please enquire 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 and we will do our best to accommodate you.  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

Rowan Tree Travel (RTT) cannot be held responsible for the acts, defaults or delay of any hotel, coach, operator, airline, guide, restaurant or any other persons or companies, however caused. RTT is not responsible for losses in the event of force majour, such as natural catastrophes, strikes or other corresponding causes. We also reserve the right to alter routes due to road or weather conditions without prior notice. In the rare cases that there is a double booking or a good reason for moving the guest, we reserve the right to do so by providing similar accommodation or better in the same area.

To register, please contract Heather Radl via email to