Wool & Whisky 2020
September 5-17, 2020
$3700, not including airfare
With Heather Radl
Rowan Tree Travel's signature tour - our very first itinerary and possibly still our favorite! Join us for this annual journey visiting all the things that make Scotland so very special to us. The exact details of our journey change from year to year because we're constantly discovering new delights. Be assured though, the trip always include castles and crofts, time in beautiful Edinburgh, a workshop or two with Scottish fiber artists, lots of iconic Scottish Highland landscape, and amazing food. Oh, and whisky. We would never leave out the whisky. In 2020, we've added three days to the length of the trip in order to spend time on the Isle of Skye. It's an absolutely unbeatable, fiber-infused, sheeptastic, kilt-sighting, sticky-toffee-pudding-tasting journey. Scotland is amazing. (Did we say that already?!?!) We can't wait to share it with you. Note: The Fall Abbotsford Retreat is easy to combine with Wool & Whisky 2020, for a longer stay in Scotland. Participants in both trips receive $100 off their total.
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Cost of Trip Includes
Twelve nights' accommodation at 3 & 4 star inns and hotels
Breakfast each morning, plus either lunch or dinner on most days
Admission to all scheduled tour activities and events
Fiber arts workshops with Scottish artisans and designers
Airport transfers and private min-coach
but does not include
Soda, alcoholic drinks and personal items
Saturday, September 5th
Arrive at Edinburgh Airport, Scotland, after overnight flights from North America. Our first day is very relaxed, with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at New Lanark. This beautifully restored, 18th century mill and village host a café, museum, beautiful grounds with walks along the Clyde River and their own textiles and yarn for sale. We’ll be staying right on Loch Lomond for our first night. Have dinner, take a walk, or join us for an evening knit. Go to bed as and when you need.
Sunday to Wednesday,
September 6th – 9th
The Isle of Skye
It’s a beautiful drive through dramatic landscape as we head to the west coast. We’ll stop at iconic sites in Glencoe and Glenfinnan. (Perhaps catching the Harry Potter film’s “Hogwart’s Express” train as it traverses the famous viaduct?) Then it’s a ferry ride and we’re on the Isle of Skye. We’ll stay at the lovely Cuillin Hills Hotel, right on the water in Portree. The next three days are full of fiber-focused workshops,
exploration around the island, and fantastic, locally-prepared foods.
Thursday to Sunday,
September 10th – 13th
The Scottish Highlands
Keep your eye out for Nessie. She might appear as we travel along her loch on our way to Inverness. We’re heading up into the Highlands for further adventures! We love sharing our special, curator-led visit at the Highland Folk Museum with you. We’ll also visit Knockando Woollen Mill, the 2019 recipient of RTT’s traveler-assisted donation program. Our time in the Highlands includes two classic Highland villages: Granton-on-Spey and Pitlochry. There will be plenty of time to explore and shop. We’re also attending the Pitlochry Highland Games, a working sheepdog demonstration, and oh… perhaps an evening or two at the pubs (with our knitting).
Monday, September 14th
In the Scottish Lowlands, now… On our way to St. Andrews, we’ll visit Glamis Castle. Glamis is the legendary setting for Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. It’s been an ancestral seat of aristocracy since 1372 and was the childhood home of HRH Queen
Elizabeth. The castle is full of
history – even ghost tales! And
September is the perfect time to appreciate its beautiful gardens.
Tuesday, September 15th
A full day of Scottish fiber history and handwork! We’re spending the morning with Scottish knitwear designer Di Gilpin. She’ll share tales of her design inspiration, her research into Scottish fisherman ganseys and lead a workshop. Then we’re off to The Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, Fife, to peruse their remarkable fisherman gansey archive.
Wednesday, September 16th
Edinburgh is our to explore. The day starts with a walking tour of the Royal Mile. The afternoon is free so everyone can pursue their particular interest in this iconic city. Take in the National Museum, National Portrait Museum, or Dovecot Studios? Visit Edinburgh Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse? Take a hike up Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill for views of the city? Shop for final take-home goodies? It’s up to you. We’ll celebrate our final night together with dinner at one of our favorite Edinburgh restaurants.
Thursday, September 17th
After breakfast, it’s back to the Edinburgh Airport for the flights home.