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Knitting in the West of Ireland

On this superb 6-day knitting holiday enjoy workshops led by our expert and discover the stunning scenery, spirit and traditional crafts found on the west coast of Ireland. Included excursions explore the charming city of Galway, and visit Kylemore Abbey and the Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre, both nestled in the midst of Connemara’s rugged landscape. Knitting has been a part of Irish life since the 1600s when knitting schools were established across the country. Thanks to an abundance of wool it became a source of income for many households during the 18th century. With their distinctive design, Aran sweaters are a symbol of Ireland and our full day excursion to the smallest of the Aran islands is a chance to learn about Aran knitting the Inis Oírr way.

Your Tour Includes

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Shannon with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • Airport transfers
  • 5 nights' half board accommodation
  • 4 half day knitting workshops with our expert
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
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Itinerary

Overview

Meet your tour manager at London Heathrow airport for your morning flight to Shannon. We'll visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher en route to the hotel.

Overview

This morning's excursion takes us to Galway where we visit Knitwits, Galway's largest yarn store, and enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic winding streets of this colourful and cultural city. This afternoon we enjoy our first knitting workshop in the hotel.

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Galway

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Today we travel to Ros a Mhl to catch the ferry to Inis Oírr. The island is the smallest of the Aran islands, which are renowned for their preservation of the traditional ways of life. After a wandering wagon tour of the island, we meet with a local knitting expert to knit a simple project with an Aran design inspired by the Inis Oírr landscape. Lunch today is included.

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Inis Oirr

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A full day of knitting under the guidance of our expert with both morning and afternoon workshops at the hotel.

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Includes Dinner

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Knitting workshop

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Beyond Galway lies the stunning landscape of Connemara. Here we'll visit historic Kylemore Abbey, and enjoy an insight into the importance of textiles to Connemara at the fascinating Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre. Discover the history of sheep farming, and learn about the methods of spinning and weaving, as you see wheels and looms dating back to the turn of the last century.

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Includes Dinner

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Landscape of Connemara

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This morning we enjoy our final knitting workshop with our expert before leaving the hotel and transferring to Shannon airport for our return flight to London Heathrow.

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Accommodation

You will stay for five nights at the Galway Bay Hotel.