6 days

From £1,650

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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.

Tour highlights:

  • 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

Departure Routes

Location Depart Return
Bus stop on North Hanover Street, opposite Queens Street Station
09.45 13.45
Outside Reception at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road
11.00 12.30
Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
11.30 12.00
Moto Services on M90
11.45 11.00
Broxden Park & Ride, A93
13.00 10.30
Outside Discovery Point
13.30 10.00
Bus stop off the A90, near McDonalds
13.50 09.40
Market Square
14.30 09.00
Aberdeen (Northlink)
Northlink Ferry Terminal
15.00 08.30

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.

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Deposit: £125 Single supplement: £350

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Linda Arthur

Before coming into Tour Managing Linda ran her own knitwear company and has always had a keen interest in textile making.

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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Ferry crossings
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
14 September 2023 BKSH230914 14 September 2023 (Thursday) 19 September 2023 (Tuesday) Linda Arthur £1,650
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