Knitting in the West of Ireland

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5 May 2019 - 10 May 2019
Duration: 5 nights
Ref: 19001
With: Jane Crowfoot

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Experience the Gaelic charms of Ireland!

On this superb 6-day knitting holiday based in Ennis, County Clare, you'll enjoy workshops led by Jane Crowfoot and discover the stunning scenery, spirit and traditional crafts of the west coast of Ireland. Included excursions give you a chance to explore the charming city of Galway and visit the Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre amidst the rugged Connemara landscape.

Knitting has been a part of Irish life since the 1600's when knitting schools were established across the country. During the 18th century knitting became a source of income for many households thanks to an abundance of wool. Aran sweaters with their distinctive design are a symbol of Ireland. A full day excursion to the smallest of the Aran islands is a chance to learn about Aran knitting - the Innis Oirr way.

DAY 1

Meet Jane Crowfoot and your tour manager for the morning flight to Shannon. You'll visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher en route to the hotel. Get to know Jane and your fellow knitters at dinner this evening.

DAY 2

A day to get creative with morning and afternoon knitting workshops led by Jane.

DAY 3

This morning you'll travel to Doolin to catch the ferry to Innis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran islands, which are renowned for their preservation of the traditional ways of life. Aran sweaters have been worn by fishermen here for hundreds of years and patterns passed from generation to generation without being written down. After a wandering wagon tour of the island you'll meet with local knitters to create and knit your own Aran design inspired by the Innis Oirr landscape.

DAY 4

Today's full day excursion takes you first to Galway where you'll visit Knitwits and enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic winding streets of this colourful and cultural city. Beyond Galway lies Connermara where you'll visit the Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre for an insight into the importance of textiles to Connemara's past. 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.

DAY 5

Your last full day in Ireland will be spent knitting with Jane. This evening enjoy a final get together and dinner with your fellow knitters in the hotel.

DAY 6

Morning transfer to Shannon Airport for the return flight to London.

PRICES (INCL. FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS):

Twin room: £1349 per person
Single supplement (small double): £199
Single supplement (classic double): £274

Please note: The hotel has a limited number of small double-bedded rooms available for a lower single supplement.
Standard (classic) double rooms for sole occupancy carry a higher single supplement.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return flights between London Heathrow & Shannon
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • Four half-day knitting workshops with Jane Crowfoot
  • Visit to the Cliffs of Moher en route to the hotel
  • Walking tour of Galway & visit to Knitwits store
  • Visit to Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre in scenic Connemara
  • Full day excursion to Innis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran islands (lunch included)
  • All transportation as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of an experienced Tour Manager

NOT INCLUDED:

Single supplement, porterage at the hotel, drinks, meals other than those specified; travel insurance; and any personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry etc.

NON-CRAFTERS

Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Europe - £50

WHY NOT MEET US THERE?

Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.

THE "STITCH TOGETHER" PROGRAMME

If you are interested in any of our Stitchtopia holidays but don’t have a friend to join you, why not join our ‘Stitch Together’ programme? Designed for those travelling alone, we will help you find someone like-minded to share with so you've no single supplement to pay and can enjoy the benefit of this saving. Please call for more details.

Find out more about our "Stitch Together" programme >>

The Old Ground Hotel****

Dating back to the 18th century, the Old Ground Hotel offers the warmth and atmosphere of a country home and the style and comfort of a luxury hotel. Located in the centre of the medieval town of Ennis, the hotel has a private room that will be used for our workshops and is the perfect place from which to explore the attractions of County Clare, the Aran Islands and Connermara.

GUEST ROOMS

  • TV with satellite channels
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Complimentary WI-FI
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Ensuite bathroom with hairdryer

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

Facilities at the hotel include the Town Hall Bistro and the Brendan O’Regan Restaurant. The Poet's Corner is also noted for its comfortable atmosphere and the perfect spot to share a drink and a story or two.