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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin, Epic Museum and Yarn Shopping Experience

Transfer to your hotel (for arrivals prior to 10:30am on start day of tour) and meet with your group. Epic, the Irish Emigration Museum has been voted Europe’s leading tourist attraction over consecutive years and is your first landmark visit!

Wander through twenty themed galleries and delve into the history of emigration in Ireland and the impact the Irish have had around the world to date. Visit This is Knit, an independent, family–owned yarn store at the gorgeous Powerscourt Townhouse Centre where you will find a large selection of quality, natural fibre yarns from Irish and International producers. Overnight in Dublin, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Dublin Shopping and Sightseeing Southwest of Ireland Luxury Knitting Retreat
Dublin - Kerry & Kilkenny Irish Knitting and Craft Tour

Day 2: Stranded and Steeked Fair Isle Workshop

Pauline Gallagher of 'The Knitting Class' will be waiting to welcome you to Kilkenny and her Stranded and Steeked Fair Isle Workshop. In this comprehensive class, you will explore the origins of Fair Isle knitting and get to work on a two colour project specially created for the workshop. The project includes traditional features such as stranded knitting in the round, yarn management, how to read a chart, and an introduction to steeks. Later you will secure, cut and finish the steek to complete the project. In the latter part of the workshop, have fun exploring colour choices for multi coloured Fair Isle patterns and learn some tips and tricks for making successful choices. This is a full-day workshop with a break for lunch to ensure you get the most out of your time with Pauline. Enjoy some free time before dinner exploring Ireland's smallest city!

Day 3: Kilkenny Design Centre, Cushendale Mill and Zwartbles Ireland Sheep Farm

Today, we visit Kilkenny Castle, a magnificient12th century castle set in extensive parklands in the heart of Kilkenny. The Kilkenny Design Centre located nearby offers a fantastic opportunity to view some Irish handcrafted gifts including knitwear, jewellery, Celtic gifts and contemporary design pieces. We leave the city to visit Zwartbles Ireland Sheep Farm where you will meet Suzanna Crampton and her family who breed Zwartbles Sheep. We take a tour of the farm, and meet the sheep and Suzanna will inform us about their unique yarn which can be purchased directly from the farm. Her meadows and pastures, woodlands and parkland are a haven for local wildlife. Additionally, a traditional orchard provides fruit and rich grazing for her sheep, with mature hedges that add even more diversity for native plants and birds.

After lunch (included), your final visit of the day will be to Cushendale Mill where you might see some wool from the sheep at Suzanna’s farm! See where products made on site are crafted using natural-fibre textiles made with mohair, Irish wool and merino lambs wool. A tour of the mill is also included in your visit. Finally, return to your hotel where the evening is free for you to explore Kilkenny’s restaurants and pubs. Overnight Kilkenny, Lunch and Bed & Breakfast.

Kilkenny Zwartables Farm- Kerry & Kilkenny Irish Knitting and Craft Tour
Stop off at the traditional Cushendale Woollen Mill- Southwest Ireland Kerry Knitting Retreat
Cahir Castle- Kerry & Kilkenny Irish Knitting and Craft Tour
Blarney Castle- Kerry & Kilkenny Irish Knitting and Craft Tour

Day 4: Swiss Cottage, Blarney Castle & Woollen Mills and Killarney

Check out of our Kilkenny hotel and travel south towards Killarney with a few stops along the way. The Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is one of Ireland’s most significant and visited heritage sites. This is a collection of medieval ecclesiastical buildings set on an outcrop of limestone overlooking the Golden Vale.

Your onward journey takes you to Blarney Castle where you will have the opportunity to view its stone of eloquence which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Legend has it that if you kiss the stone you will be granted the gift of eloquence! Also, located here is Blarney Woollen Mills, where you will have the opportunity to browse through an amazing array of quality Irish gifts and crafts. Finally, board your tour bus where a warm Irish welcome awaits you at your Killarney hotel. Overnight Killarney, Dinner and Bed & Breakfast included.


Day 5: Knitting Workshop with Liz Spillane at Inwood and Kerry Sightseeing

After breakfast, we travel to Bonane, just south of Kenmare, to meet knitwear designer, textile artist and teacher, Liz Spillane. Liz has enjoyed over 30 years teaching knitting classes and has worked as a tutor at the Limerick School of Art & Design. In her workshop, Liz will instruct on creating textured yarns, using a single smooth yarn as a base and a variety of techniques to build texture and colour. Use standard knitting needles to then knit the yarn.

After Liz’s class, your coach will take you to the picturesque town of Kenmare in time for lunch (included) and there will also be time to explore the town at your leisure. We continue our journey back to Killarney via Molls Gap, taking time to stop at Ladies View, where you can see views of the 3 Lakes of Killarney as well as the majestic mountain ranges which are all part of Killarney National Park - internationally renowned for both for it’s scenic natural beauty and scientific interest. Overnight in Killarney, Lunch, and Bed & Breakfast included.

Liz Spillane Kerry & Kilkenny Irish Knitting and Craft Tour
Killarney Kerry & Kilkenny Irish Knitting and Craft Tour
Dingle Kerry & Kilkenny Irish Knitting and Craft Tour
Kerry Woollen Mills - South of Ireland Knitting Tour

Day 6: Kerry Woollen Mills and Dingle & Slea Head

Today, we travel to Dingle and visit Kerry Woollen Mills en route. This 17th century establishment is one of the last surviving woollen mills in Ireland. Set in a rural location, this mill has been crafting fine fabrics and yarn from wool for over 300 years and this tour will show you how todays mill incorporates up-to-date weaving technology while marrying tradition with contemporary styling for its customers.

Continue on to Dingle where you will have some time to wander around this costal town and enjoy lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, we explore The Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head where you will enjoy views of sandy beaches, craggy cliffs, rolling hills and mountains. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for you to rest or spend the evening in Killarney town centre. Overnight Killarney, Bed & Breakfast included.


Day 7: Adare, Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher

Bid farewell to Killarney and travel to County Clare via Adare in County Limerick. Adare village, founded in the 13th century is known as one of Ireland’s prettiest villages with it’s quaint shops and thatched cottages.

After some free time exploring the village we journey to the dramatic, vertical Cliffs of Moher, looking out over the Atlantic Sea at the South Eastern edge of The Burren. We take some time in the village of Doolin renowned as the capital of traditional music in Ireland. Check in to your hotel in time for dinner. Overnight Burren area, Dinner,and Bed & Breakfast included.

Doolin - Kerry & Kilkenny Irish Knitting and Craft Tour
Cliffs of Moher - Kerry & Kilkenny Irish Knitting and Craft Tour
Aran Islands - South of Ireland Knitting Tour
Aran Islands - Kerry & Kilkenny Irish Knitting and Craft Tour

Day 8: Day trip to Aran Islands

This morning, we set out early to travel to Inis Oirr (inisheer), the smallest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. Una McDonagh, your Aran Island knitting instructor will meet you and welcome you with tea/coffee and scones. Una’s workshop will teach you all about the Aran Island way where you will learn traditional methods and stitches such as the Sharry Chain Link Stitch.

The Sharry family, one of the island families, has a long-standing connection with the sea and this connection is celebrated in their choice of stitches they use when knitting traditional Aran sweaters. Following your instruction, enjoy a guided tour of this westerly island. Return via ferry back to the mainland to your hotel. Overnight Burren Area, Lunch, Dinner and Bed & Breakfast included.


Day 9: Kilbeggan

At Kilbeggan, you will be exploring the oldest licensed distillery of its kind in Ireland, founded in 1757. Learn about the good times, the hard times and how the distillery was saved by the locals!
Shetland Knitting Tour
Dublin Sightseeing- Kerry & Kilkenny Irish Knitting and Craft Tour

Day 10: Tour Ends

After your final Irish breakfast depart the hotel for Dublin airport arriving in time to complete check-in formalities and that last minute duty free shopping

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