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After your visit and time for lunch continue to Kathy’s Knits where you will meet Lucy Hague, a well-known pattern designer and author of Celtic Cable Shawls and Illuminated Knits. In the afternoon, we return to your hotel where the remainder of the evening will be free for you to explore the city at your leisure before meeting back at the hotel for your welcome dinner. Overnight in Edinburgh, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
Continue to Aberdeen where we take the overnight ferry to the Shetland Islands. Although the ferry crossing takes about 9 hours, the journey is comfortable; cabin accommodation will be provided and there is a bar, lounge and restaurant as well as a shop selling souvenirs, gifts, travel products and snacks. Overnight Northlink Ferries, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
After your visit we continue to the Shetland Museum and Archives. The museum galleries are arranged in an easy to follow trail which takes you through Shetland Islands history from the early beginnings and people, through social, domestic and industrial developments and into the more contemporary oil era changes. Our time here includes a guided tour and your guide will pay particular attention to Shetland Islands knitting related history! After have enough time to explore the museum, the remainder of the day is free for you to relax in the hotel. Overnight Shetland Islands, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
Jamieson & Smith purchase Shetland wool from over 700 of Shetland's crofters and farmers, and transform it into high-quality Shetland wool products including yarns, knitwear, blankets and carpets. At the centre, one of the staff will show us around, speak to us about the fleece, how it is spun and what type of garments are made from the different grades of wool. Return to your hotel where the rest of the evening is free. Overnight Shetland Islands, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
We will meet some of the sheep and learn about Uradale Organic Knitting Yarns which reflect the colours of the flock. Your final stop today before returning to your hotel is Burra Bears. Burra Bears is a lovely local business that makes beautiful handmade teddy bears mostly out of old Fair Isle sweaters and waste panels from local knitwear factories. We will have a quick tour of the studio where the bears are made and learn more about this fabulous sustainable product. Overnight Shetland Islands, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
Discoveries made here include oval-shaped Bronze Age houses, an Iron Age broch and wheelhouses, Norse long houses, a medieval farmstead, and a laird’s house dating from the 1500s. The views from the section of the island are amazing! Overnight Shetland Islands, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
BAKKA's garments are a modernisation of traditional Fair Isle knitwear. Only the oldest 'heritage' patterns and traditional colours are used, but the chosen yarn is not Shetland wool. Instead, BAKKA uses luxury 100% superfine merino yarn. The resulting garments, the principal collection of BAKKA accessories, are silky soft, durable and affordable. Return to Lerwick where you will have time to relax after you check in for your return ferry to Aberdeen. Overnight Northlink Ferries, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
Learn about Kilts from the feilidh-mor (the big kilt), the feilidh-beag (the little kilt), and then the tailored kilt. Learn how the Kilt is made, why it is constructed the way it is; the math; the instinct and the variations of pleating. Most importantly discover the difference between good and bad kilts, how to tell a well-made tailored kilt and how it should fit. Overnight in Perth, Bed & Breakfast Included.
Continue to Edinburgh where the remainder of your day is free for personal sightseeing or shopping. This evening we meet at the hotel reception and travel together to an Edinburgh city centre restaurant for a final farewell dinner. Overnight in Edinburgh, Bed & Breakfast Included.
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