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If time permits we will also pay a visit to “This is Knit”, an independent, family-owned yarn shop where the shelves are filled with high quality, natural-fibre yarns, from top Irish and international brands. Overnight in Camden Court Hotel, Dublin, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included
Long renowned as Ireland’s Medieval Capital, the city’s origins date back more than 1,500 years. Kilkenny, from the Gaelic "Cill Ceannaigh", derives its name from a 6th century monk called Saint Canice. Characterised by beautifully restored old buildings and covered slipways, Kilkenny City is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating, historical buildings, and contemporary shops, design galleries, cafés and restaurants. Overnight River Court Hotel, Kilkenny, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included
Next, we travel outside Kilkenny city and stop at Zwartbles Ireland Sheep Farm to meet Suzanne and her family who breed and rear Zwartbles Sheep. Tour the farm, meet the sheep and chat with the family who will tell you all about their unique yarn which you can buy direct from the farm if you wish. Your final stop for today is Cushendale Mill where products made on site are crafted using natural-fibre textiles made with mohair, Irish wool and merino lambswool. Enjoy a tour of the mill and see the spinning mule in action. You might even spot some of the wool from the sheep at Crampton farm! Return to Kilkenny where the remainder of the evening is free. Dinner is not included tonight so you can sample one of Kilkenny’s many fine restaurants if you wish. Overnight River Court Hotel, Kilkenny, Bed & Breakfast included
Next, board your coach and travel to Cork and the village of Blarney. Cormac MacCarthy, a great Irish chieftain constructed Blarney Castle nearly 600 years ago and since then this remarkable fortress and its ‘stone of eloquence’ has been attracting thousands of curious visitors every year. Legend has it that if you kiss the stone you will never be lost for words and have, as the Irish say, ‘the gift of the gab’. Built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was originally known as Mahoney’s Mills and provided valuable employment to the people of Blarney and nearby areas. Today Blarney Woollen Mills is Ireland’s largest Irish Gift & Craft Store. Continue to Killarney and check into your hotel where dinner will be waiting for you. Overnight Lake Hotel, Killarney, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
After your class we will travel to Kenmare where you will have some time to explore. We return to Killarney via the mountain road to Moll’s Gap and Ladies View where you will be treated to unrivalled views of the Killarney Valley. With its three famous lakes and majestic mountain ranges, Killarney has been the inspiration of poets and painters over many centuries. Killarney National Park is internationally renowned both for its scenic beauty and scientific interest. Overnight Lake Hotel, Killarney, Bed & Breakfast included
The peninsula itself is ringed by sandy beaches and craggy cliffs and inland you will find rolling hills and mountains, including the 952m Mount Brandon which towers overhead. Return to Killarney where the remainder of the evening is free for personal sightseeing or shopping. Overnight Lake Hotel Killarney, Bed & Breakfast included
Following your visit, you will have the option to enjoy some free time in the village of Doolin, the traditional music capital of Ireland, which is a hub for art and craft with shops and cafes displaying some of the finest locally inspired artwork, woodwork, jewellery, souvenirs and more. Overnight Lahinch Golf & Leisure Hotel, County Clare, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included
In your class you will learn the Sharry Chain Link Stitch. The Sharry family, like many of the island families, has a long-standing connection with the sea and the women of the family celebrate that connection in their choice of stitches when they knit traditional Aran sweaters. After some time to enjoy the Art Exhibition at the centre, take a guided tour of the Island. This evening take the return ferry back to the mainland and return to your hotel. Overnight Lahinch Golf & Leisure Hotel, County Clare, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included
After sampling some of this fine whiskey, continue to Dublin where the afternoon is free for your personal sightseeing or shopping. This evening meet back at the hotel and we will travel together to a local restaurant for a final farewell dinner in a local Dublin restaurant. Overnight Camden Court Hotel, Dublin, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included
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