You are invited to join Rowan Tree Travel & Fibercraft and A Piece of Ewe on a very special, fiber-infused journey to Scotland. We cannot wait to share this beautiful country with you! For ten days next Spring, we'll explore castles, lochs and crofts, spend time in stunning Edinburgh, learn about the vibrant Scottish fiber community through visits with artisans, farms, shops and mills, take in lots of iconic Scottish scenery and taste a wonderful array of cuisine. Oh, and the whisky! Let's not forget the whisky! We will have the world's best distilleries all around us as we travel through the heart of Scotland. Shall we enjoy a few wee drams during our nightly knitting sessions? Perhaps visit a distillery or two? It's going to be an absolutely unbeatable, sheep-on-green-hillsides, kilt-sighting, ocean-crashing-on-cliff-walls, sticky- pudding-tasting adventure. Join us!
Single Accommodation (one person per room): $5400 per person
Flex Accommodation (a mix of single and shared accommodations during the tour): $4600 per person Shared Accommodation (two persons per room): $3950 per person
Included in Tour Price
Accommodations in Scotland | An average of two meals per day. Breakfast is provided each morning. Prepare to purchase either dinner or lunch based on the day’s scheduled activities. | All entrance fees and workshops | Transportation during the tour in a private mini-coach
Not Included in Tour Price
Airfare | Soda and alcoholic drinks | Personal items | Gratuities | Yarn!
A Registration Form and a non-refundable $500 deposit are required to join the trip. Once you submit your online registration (which arrives in our system with a time stamp) we will tentatively hold a spot for you. Next, we will email an invoice to you for the deposit, payable online with a credit/debit card or bank transfer. You will need to make that payment within 24 hours. Once payment is received, your spot on the tour is secure.
Tuesday, May 2 - Wednesday, May 3 | EDINBURGH
Welcome to Scotland! We’re starting our Scottish adventure in the capitol, Edinburgh. This venerable city was once known as “Old Reekie” (you’ll learn why) and has long been the civic, intellectual and historical centerpoint of Scotland. We'll explore it from above and below -- during our favorite walking tour and from a well-loved high spot just near our hotel from which you can see the full skyline, the Firth of Forth, nearby Leith and much more. What? A yarn crawl of favorite LYS and textile stops? Absolutely.! You’ll also have free time to visit Edinburgh Castle, the Botanical Garden, Holyrood House, King Arthur's Seat, walk the neighborhoods of the new town or seek out your own special interest stop.
Thursday, May 4 - Sunday, May 7 | INTO THE HIGHLANDS
Onward to the Scottish Highlands! As we leave Edinburgh, we’ll stop in Fife for a workshop with the fantastic Di Gilpin and Sheila Greenwell, authors of The Gansey Knitting Sourcebook. Fife also offers up a visit to the Wemyss School of Needlepoint and time wandering the wonderful seaside village of Pittenweem. Farther north (and higher in elevation), we get to enjoy a foraging and chocolate-making session with Charlotte Flower (okay, it’s not a fiber workshop... but we can tell you it’s a GREAT time and extremely scrumptious), a visit at The Scottish Crannog Centre plus regal accommodations above the town of Pitlochry. Our journey through the Highlands continues with a specially curated look at the textile collection of Am Fasgadh, at the Highland Folk Museum. Black Isle Yarn’s Julie Rutter and knitwear designer Emily K Williams are based out of Inverness, so we have to see what they’re up to, right? Our accommodations in Inverness are located right on the River Ness, which leads directly to... you guessed it: Loch Ness. Best to watch the sunset riverside, with a pint and your knitting, while keeping an eye out for Nessie.
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Monday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 10 | SCOTLAND'S ATLANTIC COAST
The west coast of Scotland is where the landscape becomes truly dramatic. We’ll travel amongst rolling streams, ponderous mountains, lovely lochs, green glens, remote distilleries and picturesque, wee towns as we head toward the Atlantic ocean. Once on the Isle of Skye, get ready to explore by land and sea! Our fiber-tastic adventures in the west include time with some Highland cows and rare breed sheep, a workshop with Tania from TJFrogg, a visit at the wee but mighty Caledonian Wool in Ft. William and a stop at Louisa Harding’s new cafe and studio just north of Loch Lomond.
Thursday, May 11 - Saturday, May 12 | EDINBURGH
We return to Edinburgh by way of one or two scenic stops (Loch Lomond? The Kelpies? Stirling Castle? Time and weather will dictate!) You’ll have the afternoon to get in a little last-minute shopping, wander the beautiful neighborhoods, sit in on a little traditional music at a pub and then figure out how to stuff all your goodies into luggage for the trip home. Then we’re off to Howie’s for a final, celebratory dinner. We’ll certainly raise a glass to toast our Scottish adventure. Slainte! After a leisurely breakfast, we'll head to the Edinburgh Airport for flights home.
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Important Details to keep in mind
This trip needs at least 14 participants in order to proceed (i.e. the trip is "guaranteed"). Deposits
will be refunded in the event that the tour does not operate due to lack of participants.
Rowan Tree Travel highly recommends purchasing travel insurance. Once the tour is guaranteed, we provide a link to fully customizable trip insurance plans for your consideration. You may purchase through our recommended provider or through your own.
Arranging Your Flights
Once our tour is guaranteed with the minimum number of travelers, we will notify all registrants to begin making travel arrangements. You may do so on your own or work with our booking agent, Vivienne Kelly at Crystal Travel. She can assist in identifying the best itinerary for your needs, coordinate with other participants, and take care of ticket purchase, seat selection and upgrades. Contact her at (617) 327‐ 2700 (EST) or vivienne@crystal‐travel.com.
In order to gather easily for the tour, we provide an arrival and departure "window" at a major transportation hub - typically an international airport at your destination country. Flights scheduled outside the provided windows may result in additional transportation costs and missed tour activities. For this reason, we greatly appreciate your cooperation in booking travel that accommodates our specifications.
Please note the following:
Rowan Tree Travel reserves the right to alter any part of this itinerary in order to address weather conditions, unforeseen circumstance or to improve the participant experience.
Our trips are categorized as active, moderately active, or relaxed. We would describe this trip as moderately active. If you'd like to review our trip activity levels, take a look here.
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