Wool and Whisky Tour – September 4-13 2018


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Wool & Whisky

September 4-13 2018

Day By Day Itinerary:

Wednesday, September 5 – 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!

Thursday, September 6 – Wool and Whisky, as promised!

Today we will have a few scenic stops as we head through the Highlands and 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 our tour of the mill.  Afterwards, we will head 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!  We will overnight in nearby Grantown-on-Spey.

Friday, September 7 – Highlands

Back through the Highlands we go, stopping at the Highland Folk Museum, an outdoor living history museum that is like taking a stroll back in time.  Along the way, there are buildings from many stages of Scottish Highland history, ending with a recreated turf and thatch village from the 1700s that was used as a filming location in the popular Outlander series.  After lunch in the café on our own, we will head south to Pitlochry in time to explore the picturesque town before retiring to our country house hotel for dinner together.

Saturday, September 8 – The Pitlochry Highland Games

Join the locals today in attending The Pitlochry Highland Games, which has been hosting competitors and enthralling visitors since 1852.  There will be heavy athletics such as caber tossing, piping competitions, Highland Dancing competitions, and even tug-of-war!  Back to the Pine Trees Hotel tonight, but feel free to walk down into town to dine at a pub with live music…

Sunday, September 9 – The Perth Festival of Yarn!

A relatively new yarn festival that is getting bigger every year, with 70 vendors last year!  This day will be flexible based on participant interest – attend a workshop, or visit a nearby castle, the choice is yours…

After being thoroughly yarned out, we will travel to St Andrews for our next two nights.

Monday, September 10 – 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.

In the morning we will take a short drive to Anstruther, where we will have a tour of the Scottish Fisheries Museum and view their gansey collection before visiting a very unique farm with heritage breed sheep, as well as alpacas and guanacos!  We will return to The Ardgowan Hotel in St Andrews with time to explore the town.

Tuesday, September 11 – Gansey Workshop with Di Gilpin and on to Edinburgh!

This morning we will have a workshop on Gansey patterns with Di Gilpin, who loves to incorporate the traditional patterns in her striking modern designs.  After lunch, we will head to Edinburgh for our yarn crawl of Edinburgh’s Independent Yarn Stores specializing in British yarns.  We will check into the Parliament House Hotel, heading out for a brief orientation of Edinburgh before wrapping up our day with afternoon tea with beautiful views of Edinburgh Castle.

Wednesday, September 12 – Edinburgh

We will start our day with 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 during your free time.  Mid-afternoon, we will meet at The National Museum of Scotland for a fiber tour, and then we will gather together for a farewell dinner near our hotel.

Thursday, September 13 – Airport Transfer


Wool & Whisky 2018 Costs & Payment Schedule:            

Deposit:  $  500.00 – Due Upon Booking
2nd Payment : $ 1075.00 – Due May 15, 2018
Final Payment : $  1075.00 – Due July 15, 2018
Total Cost: $2650.00*

*Early Bird Discount of $79 when paid in full with check or bank transfer once departure is guaranteed.  

Optional Extras:

Single supplement (limited): $500 – Due July 15, 2018
Airfare: Variable, Due upon booking
Extensions: Variable, Due upon booking

Included in the Package Price:

  • 8 nights accommodation in 3-4 star hotels
  • 8 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, and 1 afternoon Tea
  • Workshop with Di Gilpin
  • Distillery tour and tasting
  • Walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Entrance fees to all planned stops
  • Chauffeured transportation in a mini Coach


Not included in Package Price:

  • Airfare
  • Soda, Alcoholic drinks and personal items
  • Gratuities
  • Workshop at Perth Festival of yarn
  • Yarn!


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. 

Edinburgh has a lot of steep and uneven cobbled streets that are very charming, but difficult if you have mobility issues.  When in Edinburgh we will spend much of our time walking and can easily cover 4 miles over the course of the day.

The Small Print:

This group is limited to 16 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.


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 major, 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 us via email at info@rowantreetravel.com.