Touring with Gaille Smith is non-stop fun, creativity and laughter. Gaille has hosted acclaimed farm to yarn tours around New Zealand, Tasmania, Victoria, Shetland, Scotland and Ireland. Meet masters of their craft, make friends, and did we mention, laugh? Gaille’s passion for yarn and creativity is contagious. She has a knack of making every trip memorable. Gaille was Editor of Yarn Magazine, Artwear Publications, before taking Indie Road magazine from an idea and growing it to become Australia’s favourite fibre magazine in only 3 years. Gaille’s latest venture is as editor of Homespun Knitting and Crocheting, Beginners and Beyond magazine. If you love knitting, crochet, weaving or macrame you will love connecting and touring with yarn’s biggest fan, Gaille Smith.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Thursday 7 September, Depart Scotland
Today we depart Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth on our overnight flight to Edinburgh.
DAY 2 Friday 8 September, 2023 Perth, Scotland
On arrival at Edinburgh airport no later than 2.00 pm we will be met by our private coach and travel north to Perth, an attractive town on the river Tay, our destination for three nights.
DAY 3 Saturday 9 September, 2023 Perth
Today we attend the Perth Festival of Yarn. Established in 2016, it is Scotland’s contemporary yarn and fibre festival. We are able to browse in the marketplace or attend inspiring talks and social events. Attendees will be able to access the marketplace with 60+ vendors with an abundance of bespoke hand dyed yarns, single farm wool, plant-based yarns, fibres for spinning and felting, as well as tools and equipment to help inspire them and create textile works of their own. (For more information visit www.perthfestivalofyarn.uk) This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet Gaille and other tour members.
DAY 4 Sunday 10 September, 2023 Perth
Another day to attend and enjoy the Perth Festival of Yarn.
DAY 5 Monday 11 September, 2023 Inverness
Today we drive north through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park to Newtonmore to visit the Highland Folk Museum. In this wonderful outdoor museum that is one mile long, we will see 18th-century townships just like those in Outlander, working crofts, houses and trains. We will continue to Loch Ness. It is the largest Scottish loch by volume, indeed experts say that it contains more freshwater than all the lakes of England and Wales combined! Next we make the short journey into bonnie Glen Urquhart, famous for its native woodlands and wide variety of wildlife that they support to visit Urquhart Castle. It is a magnificent ruined castle that dates from the 14th century and was one of a chain of garrisons that controlled the Great Glen. Nowadays it’s a popular place with “Nessie” spotters who scan the waters of the loch that are deeper here than the North Sea! We continue to Inverness the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands.
DAY 6 Tuesday 12 September, 2023 Inverness
Today we drive north to visit the Prickly Thistle Contemporary Tartan Mill. They design a range of unique tartans on commission and for sale. We continue with a visit to Black Isle Yarns. It’s owner Julie, will set up a pop up shop in the village hall on the Black Isle, a peninsula just north of Inverness. She will talk about her local, sustainable and natural yarns grown in the Scottish Highlands. She will show us the key aspects of natural dyeing for long lasting colour with a focus on using local foraged plants. We will be able to take home yarn that we have dyed ourselves.
DAY 7 Wednesday 13 September, 2023 Skye
This morning we drive via the picturesque Kyle of Lochalsh to Portree, the bustling port capital of Skye. Set around a natural harbour fringed by high ground and cliffs it is a popular tourist destination.
DAY 8 Thursday 14 September, 2023 Skye
This morning will be free for individual activity. We continue with a visit to Skye Loom Weavers which sells yarn, and uses natural hand-dyed spun yarn with all sorts of fabulous fibres including wool, silk and mohair.
DAY 9 Friday 15 September, 2023 North Uist
This morning we travel two hours by ferry to North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. We will enjoy this beautiful bleak but unique landscape as we drive to visit Uist Wool for a behind the scenes tour or their factory . We will see a selection of yarn from local sheep dyed with sustainable dye and there will be time to shop.
DAY 10 Saturday 16 September, 2023 Skye
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of North Uist, first travelling to St Kilda viewpoint to view the St Kilda archipelago, which looks like the outer edge of the world. We continue to Balranald nature reserve, wild life rich grassland with stunning sandy beaches and wild marshes. We will visit Taigh Chearsabhagh museum, where there are regular art displays. Late afternoon we return by ferry to Skye.
DAY 11 Sunday 17 September, 2023 Glasgow
This morning we drive to visit the Caledonian Wool Co. in Fort William. They supply lovely British yarn, craft kits, buttons and tools. We continue our journey to Glasgow, a city full of style, energy and its own gritty history.
DAY 12 Monday 18 September, 2023 Glasgow
This morning half our group will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Glasgow. The other group will travel on the sightseeing tour in the afternoon. From its humble beginnings, Glasgow reaped the wealth of the industrial revolution, shown in the splendour of Glasgow Cathedral and other buildings in the Merchant City. From Glasgow Cross we move into the medieval part of town and Glasgow Green. Here we see the People’s Palace and the Victoria Fountain, the world’s largest terracotta fountain. This morning half our group will visit Woollenflower, a small natural dye and textile studio, run by Australian-born horticulturist and craftsperson, Julia Billings. She makes all Woollenflower products by hand with care: dyeing so that colours last and develop with time. Julia will conduct a workshop Introduction to indigo for this group in the morning and the groups would reverse in the afternoon: the group will work with a natural indigo vat and participants would dye and take away a skein of yarn (about 20-100gm in total) and use shibori techniques to create simple patterning on silk fabric.
DAY 13 Tuesday 19 September, 2023 Edinburgh
We travel to Edinburgh, the royal and ancient capital of Scotland this morning. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. On our sight-seeing tour we see the ancient Royal Mile with its cobbled streets which forms the backbone of the medieval Old Town. This leads from the Palace of Holyrood house (HM The King’s official residence in Scotland) all the way to Edinburgh Castle. We will enjoy a guided tour of the castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the historic Stone of Destiny. Enjoy the view from the castle that is just simply stunning.
DAY 14 Wednesday 20 September, 2023 Edinburgh
This morning we will visit the Great Tapestry of Scotland. Alexander McCall Smith had the idea to create a tapestry that covered the history of Scotland. He recruited Andrew Crummy, the artist behind the Prestonpans tapestry, to design it. Alexander asked Alistair Moffat which parts of Scottish history should be included. They were then ready to create what you will see today. We continue with a visit to nearby Unwind Yarns, which stocks yarns, patterns, accessories and notions. In the afternoon we will visit Abbotsford, the extraordinary home of the novelist Sir Walter Scott, who popularised tartan and re-discovered Scotland’s crown jewels. We will also have time to explore the wonderful formal Regency garden at his house.
DAY 15 Thursday 21 September, 2023 Edinburgh
This morning we visit the New Lanark Spinning Co. Located in a World Heritage Site it has traditionally spun yarn since 1785 on 19th century machinery. We will be able to purchase their beautifully wool. We return to Edinburgh, with free time in one of the world’s great cities.
DAY 16 Friday 22 September, 2023 Edinburgh
In the morning we visit Kathy’s Knits, where half the group will enjoy a talk by Lucy Hague about her Orkney books and patterns while the other half of the group will have time in the shop. Then we change the groups around. This afternoon will visit the Ginger Twist. Jess the owner, loves yarn and the rainbow colours of natural fibres, so it will be a fun visit. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate our wonderful tour. We will conduct a Show and Tell of the items we have made or bought during the tour while we eat dinner.
DAY 17 Saturday 23 September, 2023 Departure
Group members not travelling on the extension tour will be transferred to the airport for their flight back to Australia today.
DAY 18 Sunday 24 September, 2023 In flight
DAY 19 Monday 25 September, 2023 Australia
We arrive back in Australia today and the tour ends.
|Twin Fare||Single Fare||Air taxes at 21/10/22|
Twin-share per person: $2,100 Single supplement: $ 246
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23rd September - 29th September 2023
DAY 1 Saturday 23 September, 2023 Skipton
Today we travel south to Skipton to attend Yarndale, an exciting creative festival, which conducts workshops, gives talks, provides free patterns and showcases everything related to yarn.
DAY 2 Sunday 24 September, 2023 Skipton
Another day to attend Yarndale.
DAY 3 Monday 25 September, 2023 Manchester
We drive across the beautiful Yorkshire moors to visit Quarry Bank Textile Mill. Now owned by the National Trust it is one of the best preserved textile factories from the Industrial Revolution. Built in 1784 the cotton mill is on the National Heritage List.
DAY 4 Tuesday 26 September, 2023 Manchester
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Manchester with a local guide. We will see St Peter’s Square, the Royal Exchange, Castlefield, a restored Urban heritage Park where beautiful renovated Victorian houses sit alongside old canals and Manchester Cathedral. In the afternoon we visit the Science and Industry Museum. This interactive museum shows how the city’s heritage is interwoven with the cotton industry in the Textile Gallery.
DAY 5 Wednesday 27 September, 2023 Manchester
This morning we visit the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. We will find about twenty different studios, which sell unique textile’s, jewellery, ceramics, glass, prints and homewares. This afternoon will be free to explore Manchester and buy some last-minute gifts. In the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to farewell tour members.
DAY 6 Thursday 28 September, 2023 Depart
Group members will be transferred to the airport for their flight back to Australia today.
DAY 7 Friday 29 September, 2023 Australia
We arrive in Australia today and the tour ends.
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