Wool & Whiskey: Ireland Edition
September 24 - October 3, 2019
$3375, not including airfare.
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Explore the hidden gems of Ireland's interior with Rowan Tree Travel. Ireland's patterns and motifs, inspiration for modern knitting designers, provide the underlying theme to our travels and workshops. We'll relax at three country house hotels - from those that are luxurious and grand, to those that feel like home and will absolutely steal your heart. All of them will treat us to marvelous farm-to-table meals. We'll also spend time with those struggling to keep the tradition of Irish wool alive in a country awash in Merino. Top it all off with a visit to a distillery or two, a boat trip down the River Shannon, local live music and dance, and even a bit of the Blarney! This is a trip to Ireland that is quite unlike your standard sightseeing tour. Off the beaten track, wool-infused and designed just for us by our own Heather Radl -- it's going to be absolutely magical. For registration materials, or to ask a question, please contact us.
Included in Tour Price
Accommodation in 3 & 4 star inns and hotels
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
Airport transfers and private mini-coach
Not Included in Tour Price
Soda and alcoholic drinks
Tuesday, September 24th
Participants arrive at Shannon Airport. This first day, intentionally relaxed after our long flights, includes a wander in the picturesque village of Adare, in County Clare, along with Buttevant Abbey and Balleybeg Castle. We'll enjoy a soft landing at Longueville House in County Cork .
Wednesday, September 25th
A day of iconic Irish encounters: in the morning, a private knitting workshop with Carol Feller; in the afternoon, we're headed to the famous Blarney Castle!
Thursday, September 26th
Our day begins with more knitting -- the second half of our workshop with Carol Feller. Then, Dan Duggan - Longueville House's chief apple brandy distiller and cider maker, will take us on a tour of their cider distillery. Our day continues with a visit to nearby Mallow Castle and Deer Park.
Friday, September 27th
Departing from Longueville House, we'll travel to The Rock of Cashel, a
treasure trove of Celtic art and medieval architecture. Our next home base is Roundwood House, in central Ireland's County Laois. While there, we'll enjoy a foraging, tasting and cooking adventure with local expert, Mary Bulfin. Then we'll settle in for a deliciously comfortable stay at this beautiful Georgian country house.
Saturday, September 28th
Wool, wool, wool... Irish wool, that is. Diarmuid Commins of Yarn Vibes is our host for a morning's discussion about the state of the Irish wool industry and then a hands-on dye workshop. We'll also visit Cushendale Woollen Mills. It's one of the few remaining Irish woollen mills creating quality authentic textiles from the fleece of Irish sheep.
Sunday, September 29th
A free day for participants to decide what they'd like to do! Knit? Read? Walk? Explore more sights? It's completely up to you.
Monday, September 30th
Almost all the spectacular Celtic stonework patterns are religious in origin. Today we will visit several amazing examples of religious art
from the 5th-12th centuries. And since a few distilleries are in the same area, perhaps some time with another characteristically Irish icon -- whiskey! We arrive at Viewmont House, County Longford.
Tuesday, October 1st
Patricia Cox, owner of the Baldy Sheep Yarn shop in Longford, joins us at Viewmont to offer a workshop in finishing techniques. In the afternoon we'll visit Rathcrogen. In the evening, we're off to find a local Trad session (traditional Irish music, that is). Bring your knitting if you like!
Wednesday, October 2nd
Today we're boarding a Viking ship to make our way across the River Shannon to an ancient monastery. Intriguing... Then our afternoon is a bit more sedate as we try our hand at Irish lace crochet techniques. A celebratory final dinner at Viewmont House rounds out our final full day in Ireland.
Thursday, October 3rd
After breakfast, we're off to the Dublin airport and our flights home.