Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Scotland Trip planned for July '08

To My Friends & Fellow Travellers:

Happy New Year to you all and best wishes for 2008. I am settled in Ottawa now, having left my nomadic existence in the past, and I look forward to hearing from you. My new phone number is: 613-695-0889 or you can reach me at my email address,

I am pleased to tell you that I have responded to some enthusiastic urging and am organizing a trip to Scotland from July 4 to 19 this year. This will be the twelfth “Scottish Skeins & Skerries Tour”: the itinerary will include Edinburgh, Shetland, Orkney and the Hebrides, and is intended for both first-time and repeat Scottish travellers. The itinerary and highlights are described on my website: As usual, the trip will offer a relaxed, personal approach and will feature private visits with talented craftspeople, both new and familiar.

Free time is scheduled in Edinburgh at the outset of the tour. During our five days on Shetland, you will have ample time to enjoy the sights of Lerwick and visit the new Museum of Shetland; take a cruise to the bird cliffs; perhaps visit the tiny island of Fair Isle or the Shetland islands of Unst and Yell, the most northerly islands in Britain. Certain to be welcome additions to previous tours will be the workshops with members of the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers. They will demonstrate their skills in the intricacies of Fair Isle and Shetland lace knitting, and will also be pleased to help you with any knitting problems you may have.

On Orkney we’ll tour the stunning archaeological sites, plus visit talented jewellery designers. We’ll be in Kirkwall during an exhibition of the Orkney Craftsmen’s Guild and you will have an opportunity to purchase the rare North Ronaldsay yarn.

During our visit to the Hebridean islands of Lewis and Harris you will be able to visit the weaving sheds of two well-known Harris tweed weavers, a dyer who uses local plants, and a genealogist who traces the journeys of Hebrideans to all parts of the world. We’ll also have a memorable community dinner prepared by area cooks and a Ceilidh, with local musicians and storytellers.

Throughout the tour we'll stay in centrally-located, comfortable hotels. The tour size will not be large and there will be plenty to interest non-knitting companions. Please watch my website for further details and directions to register. I expect to have the tour cost finalized very soon. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions. As I’ve already had a number of requests about this tour, please let me know if you would like to come, and I’ll set aside a place for you. If you have any friends who would like to join us, I would appreciate your passing on this information to them, or letting me know and I will contact them.

With my best wishes,
Tours for Knitters & Friends