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Combine the Highlights of our Heart of Ireland’s Wild West & and our Irish Highland’s Coast Experience with specialty excursions and visits to Sheep and Alpaca Farms, Knitting Workshops, Yarn Spinning Centers and Knitwear Designer Studio in Derry!

Explore the hidden mystical, magical, and spiritual places nestled in the beautiful landscapes you will visit. Meet local experts, historians, writers, musicians, folklorists, archeologists, and the folk, who work and mind this sacred land. Have access to the “hearth” – places that no tour bus could ever fit or find, the country roads and towns of the Wild West of Ireland, embracing mountains, wild rivers and rambunctious shores of the incredible Wild Atlantic Coastline of Ireland. A deeply immersive experience which is intimate, personal, even spiritual (and also filled with fun and music with the locals!)

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Maximum of 10 seats on this Specialty tour! Please contact us for details.

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Combine the Highlights of our Heart of Ireland’s Wild West & and our Irish Highland’s Coast Experience with specialty excursions and visits to Sheep and Alpaca Farms, Knitting Workshops, Yarn Spinning Centers and Knitwear Designer Studio in Derry!

Tour Map Notes

You will be picked up in Dublin and returned to Dublin. Your tour includes 8 days of transportation and touring in a comfortable mini-bus.

Tour Highlights

Today we visit the mystical “bright lake” of Lough Gill, known for its association to the Lake Isle of Innisfree. Aboard The Rose of Innisfree we will enjoy the sights of the lake.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 will explore the beauty of the hills and mountains of Donegal, and the superb Glenveagh National Park, one of six national parks in Ireland in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains.

We tour Glenveagh Castle, a 19th century mansion, and its gardens, inspired on a Victorian romantic highland retreat.

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 continue the day in style we visit the incredible An Grianan an Aileach, a massive ring fort on the summit of Grianan Hill which has been the “Sentinel of Inishowen” for 3000 years, guarding the narrow approaches to Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly.

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.

Today we cross the River Foyle at Greencastle and make landfall at Magilligan Point, County Derry. The Antrim Coast is one of the most spectacular places in the world. On a clear day we can look across to see The Western Isles of 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.

Sample Itinerary

Our 2020 Knitting Tour Itinerary

March 31st – April 8th 2020

Combine the Highlights of our Heart of Ireland’s Wild West & and our Irish Highland’s Coast Experience with specialty excursions and visits to Sheep and Alpaca Farms, Knitting Workshops, Yarn Spinning Centers and Knitwear Designer Studio in Derry!

 

On our first Day 

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.

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In the evening you will be introduced to the folklore and Celtic traditions by an expert folklorist.

 

Day 2:   Parkes Castle  &  The Rose of Innisfree

Today we visit the mystical “bright lake” of Lough Gill, known for its association to the Lake Isle of Innisfree. Aboard The Rose of Innisfree we will enjoy the sights of the lake.

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.

From here, we head to Dooney Rock Forest for a lovely walk along the banks of Lough Gill and a scenic vista including Ben Bulben.

We end the day with a quiet walk at a holy well which has myths and legends associated with it from pre-Christian times and since St. Patrick visited the island.

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Afternoon:   Knitting Workshop at one of our local Wool Crafts Centre.

 

Day 3:  Maugherow peninsula – A famine Village – A Sheepdog Herding

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…

 

Day 4:   Carrowmore   &   A Fairy Glen

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.

 

Day 5:   Slieve League   &   Glenveagh National Park

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 now set our course into the Highlands of Co. Donegal to explore the superb Glenveagh National Park. It is one of six national parks in Ireland and encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals.

We tour Glenveagh Castle, which is a 19th century castellated mansion and was built between 1867 and 1873. Its construction in a remote mountain setting was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a romantic highland retreat. You also have a chance to wander through Glenveagh Gardens which is one of Ireland’s foremost gardens, imaginatively designed and supporting a rich variety of rare and tender plants.

We finish the day at our lovely and cozy B&B on the Inishowen peninsula.

 

Day 6:   A Tour of the Inishowen Peninsula  &  An Grianan an Aileach

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 continue the day in style we visit the incredible An Grianan an Aileach, a massive ring fort on the summit of Grianan Hill which has been the “Sentinel of Inishowen” for 3000 years, guarding the narrow approaches to Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly.

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Afternoon: Visit of a Donegal Yarn Centre

 

Day 7:   A working sheep farm  &  Derry City

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.

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Afternoon: We visit the highly renowned Craft Village of Edel McBride Knitwear Designs.

 

Day 8:   Giant’s Causeway  &  Dunluce Castle

Today we cross the River Foyle at Greencastle and make landfall at Magilligan Point, County Derry. The Antrim Coast is one of the most spectacular places in the world. On a clear day we can look across to see The Western Isles of 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.

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We will stop at a place specialized in wool and yarns, on our route back to Dublin, and a last night rest before your return home.

 

Day 9:   At Dublin Airport

After this whirlwind of fun and adventure, you will have spent 8 of the most memorable days in your life. We can say this because this is what our guests tell us time and time again. This specialty Tour is about depth and a personal and transforming experience. You will likely be saying Slán to your new lifelong friends.

 

After a good night sleep, you will be ready to take a Shuttle service to Dublin Airport with enough time for check-in, and go through security and other clearance procedures to go home.

 

 

 

Tour Includes

  • 8 days & 8 nights of touring and sightseeing limited to 10 travelers
  • 8 nights in 4 star B&B accommodation or similar
  • Touring in a comfortable mini-coach with your experienced tour guides
  • Admission to heritage sites and museums
  • Daily Irish breakfast
  • Private & exclusive Knitting Workshops and Visits
  • Irish Music & Dance Performance
  • Celtic Traditions with local Folklorist
  • Priceless memories and experiences & so much more!

Please note: Airfare not included. Lunch and Dinner not included

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