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Tour Highlights

Edinburgh Scotland's Capital City

is known for its medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with its lavish gardens and neoclassical Architecture. Towering over the city majestically is Edinburgh Castle the coronation place of Scottish rulers , home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with far-reaching views, and Calton Hill is topped with interesting monuments and memorials.

Sanquhar Knitting Demonstration at the A the Airts Centre

Sanquhar knitting is traditional way of knitting still practiced in the small village of Sanquhar along the River Nith in Dumfries and Galloway. At the A the Airts Centre you will partake in a presentation on the traditional Sanquhar pattern. You will enjoy a demonstration of hand-knitting of Sanquhar Gloves and see how the pattern are crafted to the finished product on their knitting machines. A’ The Airts are providing a platform for local artists and crafters to sell their works either in our shop or during exhibitions held in the Gallery.

New Lanark Mill a unique 18th century mill and UNESCO heritage site

New Lanark Mill is a unique 18th century mill and UNESCO heritage site. The mill was founded in 1786 and taken over in 1800 by Robert Owen, an influential social reformer. In Owen's time over 2,500 people lived and worked at New Lanark, many from the poorhouses of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Today, visitors can see recreated millworkers’ homes, historic functioning machinery and the adjacent ‘Falls of Clyde’ waterfalls.

Waulking with Wool with the Inverclyde Waulking Song Group

Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh (Inverclyde Waulking Song Group) came together in 2000 to perform and keep alive the traditional Gaelic songs which in former times accompanied daily work in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Waulking is the technique of finishing newly woven cloth by soaking it and beating it to shrink and soften it. In the days before the job was taken over by machinery, songs were used to keep the rhythm, and to lighten the hard work. For the women-folk who took part it was an enjoyable social occasion, with plenty of fun and gossip. Sgioba Luaidh re-create the process in authentic, and often hilarious fashion.

Johnstons of Elgin creating the finest woollen and cashmere cloth, clothing and accessories since 1797.

Johnston’s bring the raw fibre to the mill on the banks of the River Lossie, Elgin, where they clean and soften it with the purest Scottish water, spinning, weaving and knitting cashmere, vicuña, merino and lambswool in the only vertical process of its kind in Scotland.

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