Join Grandma’s Spinning Wheel and Rowan Tree Tree Travel next summer for a fiber-infused journey to the Emerald Isle, May 29- June 7, 2022. Our 9 night/10 day trip includes time in the southwest counties of Cork and Kerry, along the wild Atlantic west coast, through the gentle interior lands and concludes in the country’s vibrant capitol city, Dublin. Along the way, we’ll meet some of Ireland's most influential fiber folks - teachers, designers, dyers and doers - and hear about the current struggle to keep Irish wool production alive. We'll also spend time at historic sites, farm-to-table venues, famous distilleries, lavish country houses, cozy inns and get to know Irish craic in local pubs. It’s going to be grand. We can’t wait to share it all with you!
Tour Price | not including airfare
Shared Room $3600, per person / Single Room $4200
Included in Tour Price
Accommodations in Ireland
An average of two meals per day (Breakfast is provided each morning; prepare to purchase either dinner or lunch based on the day’s scheduled activities.)
All entrance fees and activities
Airport transfers, ferries and private mini-coach
Not Included in Tour Price
Soda and alcoholic drinks · Personal items · Gratuities
A Registration Form and $720 [$840] deposit (20% of total price) are required to join the trip. Once you submit your online registration (which arrives in our system with a time stamp) we will tentatively hold a spot for you. Next, we will email an invoice to you for the deposit, payable online with a credit or debit card, which you will need to pay within 24hrs. Once payment is received your spot is secure.
This trip needs at least 14 participants in order to proceed. Deposits will be refunded in the event that the tour does not operate due to lack of participants. Deposits are only refundable if Rowan Tree cancels the trip.
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Sunday, May 29 ⎪ Welcome to Ireland! Arrive at Dublin International Airport. We’ll stretch our legs with a bit of exploring in and around Dublin before heading down to our comfortable country house hotel in County Cork. A sumptuous dinner and relaxed evening on the grounds will allow everyone to recover from their overnight flight.
Monday, May 30 | No one exemplifies Irish knitting more these days than Carol Feller. We’ll enjoy a two part knitting workshop with her for the next two mornings. In the afternoon, visits to Hedgehog Fibre, Vibes & Scribes, Blarney Castle and a bit of free time to explore Cork City.
Tuesday, May 31 | Part 2 of Carol’s workshop, then we’re headed off to explore nearby County Kerry. This part of Ireland is dramatic with mountains and coastline. We’ll stop in to see some sheepdogs at work, visit with the lace makers of Kenmare and drive a bit of the Ring of Kerry before stopping to explore the lovely town of Killarney.
Wednesday, June 1 | Heading north now, and west! We’re stopping in to learn about the natural dye studio at Apple Oak Fibreworks, exploring the tiny town of Adare and hitting the coast at the famous Cliffs of Moher before the day’s end. We’ll land in tiny Doolin, where traditional music sessions are some of the best in all of Ireland.
Thursday, June 2 | A full day on the Aran Islands. We’ll ferry over to the smallest and closest of the Aran Islands for a knitting workshop, horse and buggy ride around the island and time with one of our favorite locals.
Friday, June 3 | So many glorious places to visit on the west coast. Time and weather dependent, we’ll stop in at The Burren, Irish Fibre Crafters, and the town of Galway before turning toward Ireland’s interior and time at the hauntingly lovely Clanmacnoise Monastery. By end of day, we’ll land at one of our favorite historic homes, now a family-run inn, near Port Laois (pronounced leash) for fantastic farm-to-table food and warm hospitality.
Snippet Itinerary, continued
Saturday, June 4 | What’s edible in the Irish landscape? We’ll find out with a foraging walk on the grounds of our historic hotel. Then we’re off to explore more of the region’s textile history in nearby Graiguenamanagh, Mountmellick and Kilkenny.
Sunday, June 5 and Monday, June 6 | We explore all that Dublin has to offer, including a tour at the Guinness Brewery, free time to explore your personal interests, and a final, celebratory dinner with traditional Irish storytellers.
Tuesday, June 7 | Depart for Dublin International Airport and flights home.
Please note: Some changes to this itinerary may occur as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If that is the case, every effort will be made to provide replacement accommodations or activities of a similar character, quality and cost. You will be advised of those changes well before departure. Be assured, our primary aim is to provide a rich and wonderful experience while traveling with us.
Rowan Tree Travel highly recommends purchasing travel insurance. Once the tour is given "GO" status we will provide a link to fully customizable trip insurance plans for your consideration. You can purchase through our preferred provider or through your own.
Arranging Your Flights
Once our tour is guaranteed with the minimum number of travelers we will notify all registrants so you can begin making travel arrangements. You may purchase your flight reservations on your own or work with our booking agent, Vivienne at Crystal Travel. She can assist in identifying the best itinerary for your needs, coordinating with other participants, and with ticket purchase, seat selection and upgrades. Contact her at (617) 327‐2700 or vivienne@crystal‐travel.com.
Our tours include transportation to and from the airport for group arrivals/departures. In order to meet us for those airport transfers, we will give everyone an arrival and departure window to facilitate all of our travelers arriving and departing in close proximity. Flight itineraries outside the provided arrival and departure windows will likely result in extra transportation costs and possibly missing scheduled tour activities. For this reason we greatly appreciate your cooperation in booking reservations that accommodate our arrival and departure specifications. These time windows will be provide to travelers once the trip is guaranteed.
Please note the following:
Rowan Tree Travel reserves the right to alter any part of this itinerary in order to address weather conditions, unforeseen circumstance or to improve the participant experience.
Our trips are categorized as active, moderately active, or relaxed. We would describe this trip as moderately active. Participants should be capable of walking distances as great as 2 miles, though this amount of walking will rarely be required.