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9 Night Woollinn Adventure, Dublin, Cavan & Donegal

Woollinn is back in June 2022. Join us for a 9 night tour which coincides with Woollinn for the first few days before enjoying a tour that will take you to Cavan, Derry and Donegal thereafter. Enjoy a host of knitting and craft based activities along the way as well as some general sightseeing.

Woollinn, Dublin’s popular festival of yarn returns to Dublin in June 2022 and knittingtours.com will be there! Join our 9 night tour which will include the first two days at the show with an exclusive knitting class with Carol Feller at the event! Your package for Woollinn includes a two day pass to the event, granting access to the marketplace and all associated "bonus" events such as demonstrations, exhibitions and social get-togethers as well as a ticket to the formal Woollinn dinner on Friday night. You will also be entitled to a 10% discount off any of the classes that you would like to book.

We will spend three days in the Dublin area to enjoy the show and see some of Dublin City’s best attractions. After some time in the Boyne Valley at the Old Mellifont Abbey and a tapestry workshop with Aine Dunne, we will stop over in Cavan for two nights. Often referred to as Ireland’s 'Lakeland County', the region is dotted with many stunning lakes and hills. Here we meet Sandra from Crafts of Ireland for an Irish crochet rose motif workshop as well as a spinning and sock knitting demonstration on an antique sock knitting machine. We will also meet Jess from Olann.ie who produces beautiful hand dyed yarn from her hub in Cavan for a short dyeing demonstration.

For the final leg of our journey we travel to Donegal where our exploits will be a trip to Studio Donegal in Kilcar, visiting the stunning Slieve League Cliffs and the quaint folk village at Glencolmcille. In Donegal we will have an Aran knitting workshop with one of our most loved knitting instructors, Edel MacBride.

Included in This Tour

  • Transfers on arrival and departure by private coach (for arrivals prior to 10.30am)
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary in a luxury coach with an experienced driver and accredited guide
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 9 nights
  • Irish breakfast daily
  • 4 dinners
  • 5 lunches              
  • 1 formal dinner at Woollinn on Friday 17th June (which includes a sit-down meal and entertainment, with some of the Woollinn special guests in attendance.)
  • Entrance to the following attractions: Russborough House, Glendalough, Old Mellifont Abbey, Glencolmcille Folk Village, Slieve League Cliffs, Glenveagh National Park, The Ulster American Folk Park
  • Belleek Pottery factory tour
  • Derry City guided walking tour
  • Carrickmacross Lace demonstration

Workshops/Knitting Activities Included in This Tour

  • Two-day passes to Woollinn, granting access to the marketplace and all associated "bonus" events such as demonstrations, exhibitions and social get-togethers (details TBC)
  • A ticket to the formal dinner at Woollinn on Friday 17th July (which includes a sit-down meal and entertainment, with some of the Woollinn Special Guests in attendance.)
  • A voucher code for 10% off any three-hour workshop at Woollinn, note you would book the workshop yourself when the workshops go on sale likely in late November. We will provide you with booking information.
  • An exclusive knitting workshop with Carol Feller at Woollinn on the topic of short rows
  • An Aran knitting workshop with Edel MacBride 
  • Irish Crochet Rose Motif, Spinning Demonsation & Antique Sock Machine Knitting Demonstration with Sandra from Crafts of Ireland
  • Short dyeing demonstration by Jess from Olann.ie
  • Spinning demonstration with Aine Dunne

(Wool and patterns are included in all workshops, you need to bring your own needles, sizes will be advised)

Overnights for this Tour

  • Royal Marine Hotel, Meath, 3 Nights 
  • Farnham Estate, Cavan, 2 Nights
  • Mill Park Hotel, Donegal, 2 Nights
  • Maldron Hotel, Derry (or similar), 1 Night
  • Camden Court Hotel, Dublin, 1 Night

 

Important Note: Attractions, Workshops and Demonstrations May Change According to Availability and Scheduling

Day 1: Dublin Sightseeing/Woollinn Dublin or optional Dublin Tour & Woollinn Welcome Dinner

Your Woollinn Knitting tour begins in Dublin Airport with a transfer to your hotel (for arrivals prior to 10.30am on start day of tour). Entrance fees are included for you to explore Woollinn at your leisure. Your pass will grant you access to he marketplace and all associated "bonus" events such as demonstrations, exhibitions and social get-togethers. You will also receive a 10% discount off any three-hour workshop that you would like to book. Please note that workshops at Woollinn are not included in this package and we do not book people into workshops. We will provide you with the information on how to book directly with the organisers as soon as this information is available to us.  Please note, spaces at the workshops are available on a first-come first-served basis and that neither KnittingTours.com or Woollinn can be responsible if you do not manage to secure a place at your chosen workshop. Please book your classes directly on the Woollinn website http://woollinn.com/ - you are entitled to a 10% discount if you book this tour. Once you have booked, a discount code will be sent to you as soon as it is available to us

For non knitters or those that want to do some Dublin sightseeing today, there will be an optional tour of Dublin included. At 1pm, meet at hotel reception and begin your sightseeing with a panoramic tour of Dublin City. Visit the National Museum of Archeology. The Museum of Archaeology is home to the Irish Antiquities Division of the National Museum of Ireland which is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland. It holds in trust for the nation and the world a series of outstanding archaeological collections spanning millennia of Irish history and also holds extensive collections of non-Irish antiquities. The museum houses artefacts ranging in date from 7000 B.C. to the late medieval period and beyond. Return to your hotel in time for dinner which includes a sit-down meal and entertainment, with some of the Woollinn Special Guests in attendance! Dinner will be included for knitters and non knitters. Overnight Dun Laoghaire, Dinner Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 2: Woollinn/Free Day in Dublin

For those that want to spend another day at Woollinn, the option is there for you. Otherwise there will be return transfers to/from Dublin included so that you can do your own personal sightseeing. Overnight Dun Laoghaire, Dinner Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 3: Exclusive Knitting Class with Carol Feller at Woollinn – Dublin City Sightseeing

This morning meet with Carol Feller for an exlcusive KnittingTours.Com three hour workshop at Woollinn. Carol’s popular class on Short Rows works students through several different ways of creating short rows until they find the method that perfectly suits them. Once the short rows have been perfected you will explore innovative ways to use your short rows and incorporate them into your work! After your workshop, travel south for a tour of County Wicklow. Here, visit Russborough House, a beautifully maintained property that was built between 1741 and 1750. Next it's on to the monastic site of Glendalough which is set in a glaciated valley. Return to Dublin in the evening. Overnight Dun Laoghaire, Dinner Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 4: Aine Dunne, Olann Dyeing Demonstration & Old Mellifont Abbey in The Boyne Valley

Leaving Dublin we travel to Drogheda to meet Aine Dunne a tapestry weaver and artist, resident and working from the Boyne Valley. With Aine and her team, you will enjoy a tapestry workshop and try your hand at weaving a sample piece on a four-sided tapestry frame loom. During your time with Aine you will gain insight into her designs, weaving methods and work schedule. Today, we will also meet Jess from Olann.ie who produces beautiful hand died yarn from her hub in Cavan for a short dyeing demonstration. For non knitters we will arrange a trip to nearby Drogheda where places of interest include Oliver Plunketts Head at St. Peter's Church! After lunch nearby (included), we will all head off to tour the Boyne Valley. The Boyne Valley is one of Ireland’s most historic regions. We will enjoy a guided tour of Old Mellifont Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland, founded in 1142 by Saint Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh. In 1603 the famous Treaty of Mellifont was signed at Mellifont Abey between the English Crown and Hugh O' Neill, Earl of Tyrone. Overnight Cavan, Dinner Bed  & Breakfast Basis

Day 5: Crochet Rose Workshop, Sock Knitting and Spining Demonstration at Crafts of Ireland.

Today we partner with Sandra at Crafts of Ireland for some craft activities. Non knitters or those that prefer to do some touring can do some additional Boyne Valley sightseeing including a visit to the heritage town of Trim and Trim Castle. The group at Crafts of Ireland will learn how to crochet a traditional Irish rose motif that often adorns Irish knitwear, see a spinning demonstration as well as a sock knitting demonstration on an antique sock knitting machine. Overnight Cavan, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 6: Travel to Donegal via Belleek Pottery and Enniskillen

Set off early, traveling along the northwest coast to the town of Enniskillen. Here, we visit the Buttermarket where the early 19th century Buttermarket buildings have been beautifully restored and house a fine array of crafts. Next it's on to the Belleek Pottery Centre. Here a guided tour takes you through all aspects of pottery production which has been in operation since the 1800’s. Travel onwards to Donegal where your last visit for the day is Donegal Castle, the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan. Overnight Donegal, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 7: Studio Donegal, Slieve League Cliffs and Glencolmcille

Begin your day with a visit to Studio Donegal, a hand-weaving and clothing manufacturing business committed to preserving and promoting traditional Irish hand-weaving. Here you will see the process of hand-weaving including the spinning, warping and weaving of the wool. Beautifully tailored vests, jackets and homeware products are made on site from their own fabrics. Studio Donegal’s soft Merino yarn is dyed and spun in the region and sold on site. Next stop is the stunningly beautiful Slieve League Cliffs some of the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe and the inspiration for Edel’s locally spun Sliabh Liag wool; we will have a quick bite to eat before we continue with the tour. Travel onward to Glencolmcille Folk Village,  a collection of several small cottages, called a ‘clachan’, resting on a hillside that overlooks the stunning Glen Bay Beach. Designed, constructed and conserved by local people, the folk village is one of Ireland's longest running living-history museums.  Overnight Donegal, Bed & Breakfast Basis.

Day 8: Workshop with Edel MacBride

After breakfast travel to Knitfield, a studio owned and run by one of Ireland’s finest knitwear designers, Edel MacBride. Here meet Edel and her team and enjoy a core workshop including yarn pack, working the best of Irish moss, cable and Edel’s favourite Aran stitches.  After your workshop and lunch, travel east to the city of Derry for a guided walking tour. This tour will take in some local and significant sites such as Derry Medieval Walls, the Bogside, the murals and the Bloody Sunday story. Overnight Derry, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Day 9: Return to Dublin via The Ulster Folk Museum

Check out of your hotel and return to Dublin via the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh. The Ulster American Folk Park explores the historical link between Ulster and America, focusing particularly on the lifestyle and experiences of those immigrants who sailed from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Of particular interest to you may be the weaver’s cottage where you will see an authentic handloom which would have been used to weave tweed or linen by the man of the house while his wife spun the flax fibres into yarn and the children carded and combed the flax in preparation for the spinning wheel.  Staff here will give you a demonstration on the spinning wheel and tell you all about traditional yarn dyeing methods.  Your final stop today will be Carrickmacross Lace to see the fine lace masterpieces that have been produced in the region since the early 1800’s. Enjoy a demonstration where staff that are passionate about the beauty of this meticulously created craft will show you the intricate needlework involved with creating the finished pieces.  Continue to your hotel in Dublin City centre Hotel and check in. The remainder of the day is free for personal sighseeing or shopping before our final farewell dinner tonight. Overnight Dublin, Dinner Bed & Breakfast Basis

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.

  17th June 2022
Single Supplement €895
Per Person Sharing €3,399

Booking Requirements & Cancellation Information

A deposit of 20% of the total tour price is required to hold your booking. The balance of the tour is due 60 days before arrival and can be made in instalment payments on request.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation 60 days or more prior to itinerary start date - Full deposit is forfeit
  • Cancellation 59 days - 31 days prior to itinerary start date - 50% of total paid is forfeit
  • Cancellation 30 days - 15 days prior to itinerary start date - 75% of total paid is forfeit
  • Cancellation 14 days or less - 100% of total paid is forfeit

Postponements:

Should you wish to change your tour to one of our other available tours or to a different date, you can do so subject to availability. An amendment fee of €250 per person will apply. Within 60 days of the tour commencement date, cancellation fees will apply.

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