The Scotland Weaving Tour explores the distinctive woolens and textile traditions found throughout this British sovereign state.
Starting in Glasgow, visit the home studio of Jean Leader to see selections from her extensive collection of laces and lacemaking tools. The wider area is also home to the Weaver's Cottage, where the process of handweaving tartans is explained and you have the chance to try weaving and pirn winding. The itinerary also includes an in-depth tour of the nearby New Lanark Heritage Centre, a living history museum where the art of spinning can be explored.
Traveling to the Outer Hebrides, textile traditions are found at every turn. Skye Weavers has a wide range of finished goods, while Harris Tweed is the focus at the Lewis Loom Centre. A contemporary take on Harris Tweed is found at Adabrock Weaving Company, and a tour of Carloway Mill takes you through the world’s oldest Harris Tweed mill.
Moving on to Edinburgh, Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers presents a demonstration before you enjoy a shopping trip to the Tartan Weaving Mill.
Throughout the trip, take in Scotland’s picturesque landscape, top museums, and attractions such as Stirling Castle and Scone Palace. Combined, all of the stops provide vital cultural context for the country's vibrant textile traditions.
The tour begins at 6 p.m. in the lobby of our hotel in Glasgow, on Day 1, Wednesday, April 5. The tour concludes after breakfast in our hotel in Edinburgh on Day 12, Sunday, April 16.
Day 1 Wed Apr 5 Arrive Glasgow
Check into hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 Thu Apr 6 Glasgow
This morning we enjoy a walking and panoramic tour of Glasgow city center. Discover Glasgow with our local guide during this walking tour through the city center. See the key sights and learn about how Glasgow became the vibrant city it is today. This afternoon enjoy a presentation and talk with Jean Leader, who will show part of her extensive collection of lace, bobbins and other lace-related items in her large Victorian home in the West End of Glasgow. (B)
Day 3 Fri Apr 7 Glasgow
Enjoy a morning visit to the People’s Palace, set in historic Glasgow Green. It is home to a collection of objects, photographs, prints and film which give a unique view into how Glaswegians have lived, worked and played from years gone by to the present day. Also visit the Burrell Collection, housed in its own award-winning building in Pollok Country Park on the south side of the city. In the afternoon, travel to the Paisley Museum, Scotland’s first municipal museum, designed by John Honeyman. Continue on to Weaver's Cottage in Kilbarchan. This traditional cottage will transport you back to when handwoven textiles were the pride of Scotland’s weaving industry. Discover a 200-year-old loom where tartans are woven, and even have a go at weaving and pirn winding yourself. Return to Glasgow for overnight. (B)
Day 4 Sat Apr 8 Glasgow
Take an in-depth spinning and heritage tour at New Lanark Heritage Centre. (B)
Day 5 Sun Apr 9 Glasgow-Fort William
Journey from Glasgow to Fort William with two en route stops. The first stop is at Stirling Castle. an ancient site that has figured prominently in Scottish history. The castle dominates a vast volcanic rock above the river Forth at the meeting point between the Lowlands and Highlands. Enjoy a second stop at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. This living history museum was originally opened in Kingussie in 1944, and was Britain's first mainland open-air museum. Arrive in Fort Williams and check in to hotel. (B)
Day 6 Mon Apr 10 Fort William-the Isle of Skye
This morning journey to the Isle of Skye. Enjoy a photo stop at Glenfinnan Viaduct, which conveys a railway across a 1,000-foot span that is 100 feet high. Take the ferry from Mallaig to Armadale, then journey across the island and enjoy a shopping stop at Skye Weavers. Skye Weavers offers handcrafted scarves, wraps, and blankets from wool, made on a pedal-powered loom in a small wooden shed. You can also buy tweed items here, such as cushion covers, clothing, and bags. (B, D)
Day 7 Tue Apr 11 Isle of Lewis
Take the ferry to the Isle of Harris and motor to the Isle of Lewis to visit the Lewis Loom Centre, where the making of Harris Tweed is detailed. (B)
Day 8 Wed Apr 12 Isle of Lewis-Isle of Skye
Make a morning visit to Adabrock Weaving Company, where weaver Margaret Rowan creates contemporary Harris Tweed products. Then enjoy a tour of Carloway Mill, the oldest Harris Tweed mill in the world. Next visit is the Blackhouses. The distinctive design of a blackhouse has two concentric stone walls; the gap formed between the two walls is filled with peat or soil. Unbelievably, some of the blackhouses were still inhabited until the mid-1970s. Finally, visit Calanais Standing Stones. The Calanais Standing Stones are an extraordinary cross-shaped setting of stones erected 5,000 years ago. They predate England’s famous Stonehenge monument, and were an important place for ritual activity for at least 2,000 years. (B, D)
Day 9 Thu Apr 13 Isle of Skye-Inverness
Depart the Isle of Skye and journey to Inverness. (B)
Day 10 Fri Apr 14 Inverness-Edinburgh
In the morning, depart Inverness and journey to Edinburgh. En route visit Scone Palace. Built in red sandstone with a castellated roof, it is an example of the Gothic Revival style in Scotland. Since the 9th century, Scone Palace has been a crowning place of the kings of Scotland and home of the Stone of Destiny. (B)
Day 11 Sat Apr 15 Edinburgh
Enjoy a demonstration at Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers. Home of the John Muir way tartan, Gordon Nicolson Kilmakers team can guide you through all aspects of your visit. Also enjoy a shopping stop at the Tartan Weaving Mill. Before returning to the hotel, visit the National Museum of Scotland. Their diverse collections take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature, art and design, science and technology, and world cultures – all under one roof. Farewell dinner at hotel. (B, D)
Day 12 Sun Apr 16 Depart Edinburgh
The tour concludes after breakfast. (B)
Jennie Hawkey is a weaver, weaving teacher and the owner of Hopewell Weaving. She has woven for over 40 years and specializes in accessories that incorporate intricate weaves, natural fibers and vivid colors. Although weaving has been a long-time craft, teaching is Jennie’s passion. She teaches children and adults, and loves to pass on weaving skills. She finds weaving to be endlessly fascinating and a wonderfully creative outlet. More information about classes can be found at www.HopewellWeaving.com
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Jurys Inn Glasgow (4 nights)
Cruachan Hotel (1 night)
Dunollie Hotel (1 night)
Cabarfeidh Hotel (2 nights)
Jurys Inn Inverness (1 night)
Voco Haymarket Hotel (2 nights)
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