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Capture County Kerry’s beautiful scenery and rugged coastline on this 8-day knitting holiday with Julie Debreux. This tour takes you along the region’s famed road, the Ring of Kerry, visits the 19th century Muckross House and explores the Dingle Peninsula. Learn all about the 17th century Kerry Woollen Mills who’ve been creating fabric and yarn from fine wool for over 300 years and participate in knitting workshops at the hotel in Killarney with Julie.
Julie Dubreux is a French knitwear designer and knitting instructor. Her enthusiastic love for the knitting community translates into colourful collaborations with indie dyers from all around the world.
Her designs have been published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Laine Magazine and Knit Now UK, as well as in books such as I Knit Paris, My Favourite Things and Homecoming.
Julie is a very out-going, dynamic instructor. Her experience as a high-school teacher allows her to manage groups of knitters with different levels of ability so that no one feels left out, and everyone gets to learn something new.
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Meet Julie and your Arena Travel Tour Manager at a London airport for your flight to Cork in Ireland. Upon arrival transfer to Killarney where you will stay at the Drom-hall hotel for 7 nights. This evening there will be a welcome dinner at the hotel.
We start the day with our first workshop with Julie at the hotel. After the workshop there will be time at leisure to get some lunch before heading out on a Jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park.
With a traditional Jarvey be transported back to 15th century Ireland with legendary stories and capture awe-inspiring views. You will be taken to Ross Castle which sits on the banks of the Killarney Lakes. There will be time at leisure to marvel at Ross Castle and Lough Léin before returning to the hotel.
Today we will enjoy one of Ireland’s most popular scenic drives, the Ring of Kerry. This full day tour will drive us along a small highway that skirts the edge of the Iveragh Peninsula passing rugged coastline, mountains, and lakes, travelling from one scenic wonder to the next.
Start the day with your second half day workshop with Julie then have time for lunch at leisure.
This afternoon we will depart for the 17th century Kerry Woollen Mills located on the Ring of Kerry. They’ve been creating fabrics and yarn from fine wool for over 300 years! On our visit we will learn how the mill processes wool from fleece through all stages of blending, carding, spinning and winding to weaving a wide range of fabrics. You will also have some time to browse the shop.
Not far from Killarney is the town of Tralee, home to the Kerry County Museum. Uncover the tales of the people of Kerry through archaeological objects and exquisitely crafted models on a visit here. Our journey continues into the Dingle Peninsula as we stop for a sheepdog demonstration at West Kerry Sheep Dog Demonstrations. During our visit here we will see the dogs at work and learn about the work the dogs undertake throughout the year on the mountains.
The rest of the day will be spent in Dingle, a small port town known for its rugged scenery and sandy beaches. There are plenty of shops to browse, including craft shops, and cafes to relax in.
Return to the hotel later that day and spend the evening at leisure.
Today we visit Muckross Weavers and enjoy a short, guided tour of their workshop, which is in walking distance from town centre.
After we will travel to the 19th century Muckross House and Gardens which sits in the heart of Killarney’s national park. You will spend the rest of the day here exploring at your own leisure. Step back in time and uncover Irish history as you see the house, gardens and farms.
After breakfast transfer to Cork airport for flight back to London.
Tour Notes: You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to get the most out of this holiday. On excursion days you will need to walk a short distance from the hotel to the coach and you should be able to board the coach unaided. On arrival at the excursion destination, you should be able to alight the coach unaided and there may be a walk between the coach drop off point and the excursion venue. By their nature, walking tours, museum visits etc involve being on your feet for a significant amount of time. Whilst our excursions are taken at a leisurely pace, for the enjoyment of everyone in the group you should be able to keep up with your fellow travellers.
Specially designed for knitters, this Stitchtopia knitting holiday is the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded knitters and indulge in your favourite hobby. Our talented knitting expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to get those needles clicking!
Located on the Muckross Road this luxury 4-star family-owned hotel consists of 72 rooms and a range of facilities including the elegant Abbey Restaurant or the more casual Kayne's Bar & Brasserie. If you fancy eating in town, Killarney town centre is only a 5-minute walk. Facilities include a relaxing spa, The Abbey Restaurant and Kayne's Bar & Brassiere, offering a wide variety of food and beverages. Complementary car parking is also available.
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