Your Journey into the Wild West Knitting World
Arrival Day 1
You will arrive into Dublin International Airport and we will be waiting for you with our comfortable mini-coach. We’ll help you with your luggage and exchanging money and grab a bite to eat before setting off for a scenic drive across the beautiful lake lands and Midlands to the west coast of Ireland. After settling into your lovely B&B you will be taken to visit a working Sheep farm.
In the evening you will be introduced to the folklore and Celtic traditions by an expert folklorist.
Parkes Castle, Rose of Innisfree.
We visit the mystical “bright lake” of Lough Gill, known for its association to the Lake Isle of Innisfree. Captain George McGoldrick welcomes you aboard The Rose of Innisfree and regales you with poetry, humor, music and even a cup of tea and a scone. Next stop is Parkes Castle, or as the locals refer to it “O’Rourkes Tower House” where we get the local history provided by the best tour guides in Ireland. The castle sits on the bank of Lough Gill where you have magnificent views of the lake and many islands.
Afternoon: Knitting Workshop at one of our local Wool Crafts Centre.
We start off with one of our hidden gems, a beach millions of years old that only locals know about. Our guests have said this place feels like another planet. This incredible place is on a peninsula which is full of treasure, history, and local folklorists and historians who relay the stories.
From the ocean we go to the Dartry mountain range and walk in a beautiful and majestic horseshoe valley. We show you hidden “famine ruins” and other unique historical sites.
Afternoon – Special visit of an Alpaca Farm and a Sheepdog Herding
Enjoy the skills of border collies at a sheep herding demonstration. We visit a farm by the coast where our friend Martin, a Sheep-Herder, introduces you to his Border Collies and the dogs introduce you to the sheep! Martin and his family have been herding sheep for generations, and while they are busy with the sheep, you may stop just to take in the stunning mountains, hills and ocean that surrounds you.
Afternoon / Evening: A Yarn tasting soiree…
We visit Ireland’s largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland, over five thousand years old, among the country’s oldest. This spectacular “thin place” is known as Carrowmore Tombs. These prehistoric places pre-date the Pyramids and the scenery surrounding them is just startling.
Once we have explored this mystical landscape, (as always at our own leisurely pace), we will visit a stunning hidden “fairy glen.” Something magical always happens here!
Afternoon: Private Workshop with one of our Knitting Circles experts.
We depart Sligo. We’re off to the highest sea cliffs in all of Europe – Slieve League (which is three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher). We overlook Donegal Bay and see the most majestic and moving sights in all of Ireland. You will have the choice of walking up to the top of Slieve League, or going for a picnic at the viewing area below. Either way, you will be in awe of these cliffs.
We will make a stop to see Kathleen, a knitting lady of the old school, who makes Aran Sweaters in her home!
We continue north to visit Glenveigh National Park where you can tour a castle, visit the gardens, or go for a hike. We pass through the hills of Donegal and finish the day at our B&B on the Inishowen peninsula.
Among many places you will visit in Inishowen, you will be taken to the Bocan stone circle, the Celtic cross of Clonca, five-fingered strand, and many other roadside relics that our guide is privy to. To finish the day in style we visit the incredible Grianan of Aileach, a megalithic fort overlooking Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle.
Afternoon: Visit of a Donegal Yarn Centre
You will enjoy the experience of a working sheep farm, where you will be able to interact directly with the owners and the sheep!
We take the ferry over to County Derry to visit one of the last remaining walled cities in all of Europe, Derry (or “LegenDerry”). You have a walking tour of the whole walled city and time to roam the museums and shops, and even cross the Peace Bridge over the river Foyle.
Afternoon: We visit the highly renowned Craft Village of Edel McBride Knitwear Designs.
Today we cross the River Foyle at Greencastle and make landfall at Magilligan’s Point, Northern Ireland. The Antrim Coast is one of the most spectacular places in the world. On a clear day we can look across to see Scotland as we visit the towns of Portstewart and Portrush on our way to the iconic Giant’s Causeway. We can spend as much time as you like here taking in one of Nature’s miracles. Not far down the road we have a visit to Dunluce Castle in store for you. We will stop at a place specialized in wool and yarns, on our route back to Dublin, and a last night rest.
Departure back home
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