Zwartable Ireland is a sheep farm in County Kilkenny run by Suzanna Crampton
Zwartbles are elegant tall black sheep with unique white blazes and white-tipped tails. They produce beautiful yarn which is milled nearby. By appointment only; you can come and visit the farm by the banks of the river Nore, meeting the Zwartbles sheep and Alpaca that guard the flock.
Cushendale Woollen Mills Ltd. is a family run textile manufacturing business in County Kilkenny.
The mill has a history spanning five generations producing high quality textile products from a range of natural fibres. The facility has the ability to design and fully manufacture a range of textile products from 100% Irish Wool from blankets to luxury mohair throws, hats and scarves and home craft supplies. Visitors can see parts of the production process by guided tour.
Avoca Handweavers The mill, situated on the River Avoca from where it gets its name was established in 1723
Avoca is currently the oldest working woollen mill in Ireland. Here you will get the opportunity to tour the mill where you meet the weavers at work and purchase some Irish woollens and knitwear if you wish. Many of the throws, rugs and scarves you'll find in their stores are woven on site at the Mill.
Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city is situated in the southeast of the country.
Waterford was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D. and parts of its ancient walls still remain. The city has many historical attractions including the Waterford Museum of Treasures and Reginald’s Tower. The city is famous for Waterford Crystal. First produced in the city in 1783, a tour of the factory and retail store gives you the opportunity to see the how the world renowned crystal is made.
Kinsale is a stunning waterfront town on the south coast of Ireland, it has many lovely restaurants and brightly painted craft shops.
Two 17th-century fortifications overlook the river there: the massive Charles Fort to the southeast, and James Fort on the opposite side of the river. The 16th-century court building contains the Kinsale Regional Museum, which has local history exhibits and information about the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park: Bunratty’s 15th Century Castle is one of Ireland’s most complete and fully furnished fortresses.
Guest can wander around the castle exploring the furnished rooms or if you book in advance you can do one of their famous evening traditional banquets. The folk park recreates a time in Ireland that has been long since forgotten, recreating buildings from the 1800’s including a school, post office, hardware shop and pub.
Doolin is a village on Ireland’s west coast well known for its traditional Irish music.
Doolin is one of those places that you will find Irish music playing in the pubs there on any given night. The stunning Cliffs of Moher are at Doolin’s doorstep and the Aran Islands are just offshore. The town is littered with craft shops and there are a few places where nice Irish knitwear can be purchased.
Aran Islands – Inishmore What better way to learn about Irish knitting than on Inishmore, one of the famous Aran Islands!
Inishmore is the largest and most westerly of the three Aran Islands. The Aran Islands are the original home of the famous Aran sweater. On Inishmore, the Aran Sweater Market contains a vast selection of Aran knitwear and visitors to shop can follow the heritage of the Aran sweater by watching their audio-visual exhibition to see the growth of the Aran sweater from an island craft to a global fashion favourite. Of course visitors to Inishmore may also want to visit its clifftop fort Dún Aonghasa and its nearby ‘Worm Hole’, the medieval Seven Churches and Kilmurvey Beach.
Ring of Kerry: One of Ireland’s most popular and most scenic driving routes.
The Ring of Kerry is a charming circular drive around the stunning Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry in the Southwest of Ireland. It is more than 170km long, and takes in serene lakes, rugged seascapes and picturesque rural villages.
Dingle: The Dingle Peninsula has more interesting antiquities, historic sites and varied mountain scenery than any other part of Ireland.
Not alone is Dingle full of historic sites and mountain scenery, the peninsula is also a haven for craft makers with several studios dotted around the peninsula. Two stops in the town of Dingle which may be of particular interest to you are Lisbeth Mulcahy’s Weavers and Commodum Art and Design which stocks a great selection of Irish yarns.
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