Scotland: Knitting in Shetland19th Sep 2024

Scotland: Knitting in Shetland



Even those who think they know all there is to know about the art of knitting can pick up a thing or two in Scotland's scenic Shetland Isles, and we’re not just talking about those pesky dropped stitches...

As anyone who’s been lucky enough to visit the Shetland Isles can surely attest, it can get a bit chilly. It should come as no surprise, then, that one of their most famous exports is as warming as the welcome we receive on landing there.

There are workshops aplenty, both starting off our mornings and rounding off our afternoons. These present the perfect opportunity to hone our skills — and perhaps even learn some new ones — under the watchful eye of experienced local tutors.

But knitting knowledge isn’t the only thing available for us to take home — a visit to the elegant Nielanell Design Studio is the perfect opportunity to pick up a stylish souvenir (whether you gift it or keep it for yourself is up to you, although we recommend the latter). Along with other wool- and textile-related visits, we also take the opportunity to sample some of the other delights these remote yet fascinating islands have to offer, such as the historic archaeological site at Jarlshof and the spectacular sea cliffs at Sumburgh Head.

We travel in comfort aboard the large, purpose-built overnight ferry that plies between Aberdeen and Lerwick, lending a scenic cruising dimension to this most relaxing yet instructive crafting holiday in beautiful Scotland.

Up-grade to an outside cabin and enjoy sea views from the comfort of your cabin.

Outside Cabin Supplement: £55pp.


6 Days



Full Price£1645

(excludes flights)

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    What to Expect

    • Three tutored knitting workshops
    • Learn from local experts
    • Visits to textile galleries, museums and woollen mills
    • See the Nielanell Design Studio at Sandwick
    • Discover Scalloway and its ruined castle
    Early morning light Sumburgh head Shetland

    Departure Routes

    LocationPickup TimeDropoff Time
    To be advised00:0000:00
    Glasgow - Bus stop on North Hanover Street, opposite Queens Street Station09:4513:45
    Edinburgh - outside reception of the Delta by Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road11:0012:30
    Dunfermline - Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M9011:3012:00
    Kinross - Moto Services on M9011:4511:00
    Perth - Broxden Park & Ride, A9313:0010:30
    Dundee - Outside Discovery Point13:3010:00
    Forfar - Bus stop off the A90, near McDonalds13:5009:40
    Stonehaven - Market Square14:3009:00
    Aberdeen - Northlink Ferry Terminal15:0008:30

    ** Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure. **

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Departing by coach from our local pick-up points, we arrive in Aberdeen and board the Northlink Ferry for our overnight crossing to Shetland. From the time you step on board you’ll appreciate that these ships have all the attributes of a mini-cruise liner, including a restaurant where dinner is served in the evening. There is also a comfortable bar and lounge. Once we have finished getting to know each other as a group we are lulled to sleep in private en suite cabins by the motions of the North Sea.

    Meals includedDinner

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