Ireland Knitting Tour

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9-Night Ireland Knitting Tour

with Mountain Hollow Farm

Have you dreamed of visiting the Emerald Isle? What a better way to visit than to do it with friends who have a passion for knitting, just like you!

Join us for 9 nights exploring southern Ireland in a luxury touring coach on a scenic sightseeing tour focused on knitting. You’ll visit Dublin, Galway, the Aran Islands, Killarney, and other towns. You’ll see the iconic Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle (where you can kiss the Blarney Stone), sample Irish whiskey, learn new knitting techniques, visit the Glen Keen Sheep Farm, step back in time at the Kylemore Abbey, and so much more!

We’ve partnered with the Irish Tourism Group, one of Ireland’s premier tour operators, to create an unforgettable Irish experience. And your non-knitting companions are welcome, too. They will have the opportunity to do other fabulous activities during the knitting workshops.

Highlights of the tour

Dublin (2 nights: the first and last nights of the tour)

Ireland is famous for the friendliness of its people. During your free time in Dublin meet the locals while you shop, visit attractions, or perhaps enjoy live music while you grab a bite to eat at a local pub.

Visit our Ireland Knitting Tour Pinterest board for ideas on how to spend your free time in Dublin and the other cities you will visit.

Dublin attractions on the tour include:

  • The National Museum of Decorative Arts & History: Catch a glimpse of how Irish people in the past lived, including the textile exhibition ‘The Way We Wore’ which displays typical Irish clothing and jewellery worn from the 1760s onwards.
    The National Museum of Decorative Arts & History
  • The Constant Knitter: Meet a local craftsperson for a demonstration and informal chat about knitwear design or Irish Lace crochet.
  • Winnie’s Craft Cafe: Pauline Gallagher will give you a short knitting with wire workshop. By the end of the class you will have knit yourself a nice wire leaf pendant which you can take home as a souvenir of your time here in Ireland!
  • Tullamore D.E.W. Heritage Centre: Discover how Daniel E. Williams went from stable boy to distillery manager to creating the whiskey which still bears his initials today. Includes whiskey tasting.

Galway (3 nights)

Artsy, bohemian Galway is one of Ireland’s most engaging cities. Brightly painted pubs heave with live music, while restaurants and cafes offer front-row seats for observing buskers (street performers) and street theatre. Remnants of the medieval town walls lie between shops, bridges arch over the salmon-stuffed River Corrib, and a long promenade leads to the seaside suburb of Salthill, on Galway Bay, the source of the area’s famous oysters.

Galway (and the surrounding area) attractions on the tour include:

  • An intensive Knitting Workshop with one of Ireland’s best known Aran knitters and designers, Mrs. Anne O’Maille of Ó’Máilles of Galway.
  • A tour of Connemara, one of the most beautiful untouched landscapes in Ireland. Not only will you see Ireland’s unspoiled countryside, you will also visit:
  • Spiddal Craft & Design Centre, a hillside cluster of cottages where many craftspeople ply their trades — from pottery and woodturning, to floral art, weaving, knitting, screen painting, and jewelry designing. Watch the men and women work — while enjoying the great views of Galway Bay.
  • Kylemore Abbey, one of the most visited attractions in Ireland, with it’s beautiful Woodland and Lakeshore walks and Victorian walled garden.
    Kylemore Abbey
  • Glen Keen Farm where you will enjoy a sheep herding demonstration followed by home baked scones and tea or coffee.
  • A ferry ride to Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands, with a population of about 260 permanent residents.

Inis Oirr

Inis Oirr (2 nights)

Inis Oirr (Inisheer), Aran Islands, has the true feel of a classical isolated fishing village. From the pier you are greeted with a pristine carpeted white sandy beach facing clear crystal turquoise water and a plethora of fishing boats, nets, and fisherman returning at the end of the day with their catch.

The main village area is right next to the beach and is enclosed by a small hill with a castle and a fort at the top. Inside the village you will find a strong local community still adhering to the traditional Irish way of life.

This tiny island, with small hills and intricate little valleys, is easily covered by foot or by bike. The walk to the lighthouse or the shipwreck of the Plassy is a great occasion where you feel the island with its diverse landscape unfold before your eyes.

Inis Oirr attractions on the tour include:

  • Una McDonough, your Aran Island Knitting Instructor, will take you on an island tour followed by a knitting workshop in which you will learn traditional methods and stitches the Aran Island way.
  • Learn how to make bread and butter from one of the islanders.
  • St Bridget’s Cross Making Workshop & learn about ”Brideog”, a doll traditionally fashioned out of straw and dressed in white; usually a First Holy Communion dress and veil.

Killarney (2 nights)

The town of Killarney, with a population of 14,000 and another thousand or so in the rural fringes of the town proper is located in the heart of County Kerry, the Kingdom County. Soaring mountain ranges, desolately beautiful valleys, crystal lakes and a spectacularly rugged coastline lashed and lapped by the Atlantic Ocean. Kerry has it all.

The town is infamous for its singing pubs. This usually means live bands playing everything from well known Irish ballads and Beatles covers to the latest boy bands. By the end of the night the whole pub is singing along with wild abandon. Doff your jacket, clear your throat and join the fun!

If you’d rather see the landscape than the inside of a pub, don your walking shoes to visit the stunning landscape surrounding the town during your free time. Journey on foot through Ireland’s first national park, 26,000 acres of woodlands, sandstone mountains and low-lying lakes. If walking isn’t your style, explore Killarney on a Jaunting Car (Horse & Carriage) Tour.

Killarney (and the surrounding area) attractions on the tour include:

  • A scenic drive around Clare to the Cliffs of Moher to admire the astonishing views.
    Cliffs of Moher
  • Kerry Woollen Mills: This 17th century establishment has been crafting fine fabrics and yarn from wool for over 300 years. You will see truly skilled craftspeople at work.
  • Knitting Workshop by Carol Feller, popular Irish knitter and author of the book Contemporary Irish Knits.
    Carol Feller
  • Ring of Kerry Tour. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains, and the varied Atlantic coast. You will be amazed at the breath-taking views and you will stop for photos at the most dramatic scenes. On the return, pass through the colourful village of Sneem and pause at Moll’s Gap to view the Three Lakes of Killarney before returning to Killarney.
  • Blarney Castle, nearly 600 years old, and its ‘stone of eloquence’ (the Blarney Stone). 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’.
    Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills, built in 1823, is Ireland’s largest Irish Gift & Craft Store.
  • Hedgehog Fibres, an Irish artisan yarn and fibre dyeing studio located in Co. Cork. The studio was started by Beata Jezek after she saw a gap in the market for soft yarns in vibrant colours.

Tour Details and Registration

Click here to download or print a PDF for a complete tour description.

Click here to download the Booking Form, which has more details (the fine print) and instructions for registering for the tour.

Pricing

The price for the above tour is Euro 2372 per person sharing a twin or double room.
Single rooms will be an additional Euro 499 per person.

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20% of the total cost is due at the time of registration.
The balance will be charged 42 days before departure.

You can make other payment arrangements, and add days to the beginning or end of your tour. Payments and travel arrangements are made through The Irish Tourism Group.

Follow the instructions on this Booking Form to reserve your spot on this epic 9-night Ireland Knitting Tour.
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