The Grand Scottish Textile Tour
Immerse yourself in lush landscape and rich textile history on the Grand Scottish Textile Tour, May 26 – June 5, 2020. Scotland’s connection with textile design dates back centuries, from brightly colored tartans to intricate knitting designs. The tour begins in Glasgow, where we will meet contemporary textile designers and learn about one of Scotland’s most famous artisans, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Then, we will drive through verdant rolling hills to Inverness to visit local artisans and tour historic mills. We’ll also travel back in time to explore ancient castles and ruins. Finally, we will make our way back to the exciting city of Edinburgh for three days of design inspiration.
Pricing and Inclusions
Join us on the Grand Scottish Textile tour for $5500 per person land-only based on double occupancy. The single occupancy supplement cost is $1500. A deposit of $500 per person will secure your spot on this tour due immediately at sign-up. The land-only cost does not include airfare. The tour itinerary is subject to change based on availability of venues and updated schedules. The full program will be outlined in detail in the daily itinerary provided to all participants just prior to the start of the tour.
The Grand Scottish Textile Tour is a collaboration between Hello Voyager and Lisa Ball Travel Design. Payment will be processed through Lisa Ball Travel Design. She will accept personal checks or Visa or Mastercard via Paypal.
May 26, 2020
June 5, 2020
Admission for all experiencesBreakfasts and many meals includedGratuities and taxesGround transportationLocal guidesPersonal GuidePorterage at the hotelsSmall group experienceSuperior boutique hotels
Round trip airfare*
Day 1 – Tuesday, May 26
Day 2 – Wednesday, May 27
Our tour begins this afternoon in beautiful Glasgow. We will meet for a Welcome Tea at the Mackintosh at the Willow Tea Room. This beautiful tea room was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and originally opened in 1903. It recently underwent a meticulous restoration to preserve this unique example of Mackintosh design.
We will stay in Glasgow for one night at the Apex City of Glasgow Hotel. This 4-star property is located in the heart of Central Glasgow and is only a 5-minute walk from the Mackintosh at the Willow Tea Room.
Day 3 – Thursday, May 28
Following breakfast at the hotel we will visit a Glaswegian textile artist's studio. Then we will board a private motor-coach to take us north along the West Highlands Way to the Great Glen. You will be awed by the spectacular scenery as we pass through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
We will stop for Lunch in the shadow of Scotland's tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. A second comfort stop is planned in Spean Bridge for a little shopping. Our final destination today is Inverness, where we will check into the Ness Walk Hotel.
The Ness Walk Hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel located in the city center of Inverness along the River Ness. With its location in the city center, you will be able to explore the Victorian atmosphere of Inverness and enjoy shopping, art galleries, restaurants and fun pubs.
Days 4, 5, & 6 – Friday, May 29 Through Sunday, May 31
- Visits to Textile Artisans and Designers living and working in the Highlands.
- Guided tours of Highlands Woolen Mills such as Knockando in Aberlour, Johnston's of Elgin Cashmere Mill in Elgin, or Prickly Thistle, a tartan weaving mill further north in Dingwall.
- Tours of some "Outlander" sites such as the Culloden Battlefield and the ruins of Urquhart Castle on a Loch Ness Cruise.
- A visit to the stunning Cawdor Castle & Gardens with its mythical ties to Macbeth.
- A fun Whisky Tasting experience at a distillery in the picturesque Speyside region.
Day 7 – Monday, June 1
A private motor-coach will take us south to the other side of the Great Glen and through the Cairngorms National Park. We will make a special visit to Blair Castle, an outstanding castle with a history spanning 700 years. There we'll take an exclusive Attic Tour to see behind the scenes archived documents and rarely seen textiles. Following our time at the castle, we will have Lunch together at the Tullibardine restaurant.
After lunch, we'll continue our journey, crossing the famous Firth of Forth Bridge and on into Scotland's grand capital city, Edinburgh!
Whilst in Edinburgh, we will be staying at the Radisson Collection Hotel, a 5-star contemporary luxury hotel in an enviable position right off the celebrated Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Old Town. At this hotel, you will be steps away from visiting Edinburgh's top attractions and near a variety of restaurants and pubs.
Days 8, 9 & 10 – Tuesday, June 2 through Thursday, June 4
- A visit to Dovecot Studios for an exclusive Exhibition and Viewing Balcony Tour. Dovecot Studios is a premier weaving studio producing tapestries and rugs for private collections and public spaces.
- A trip to the National Museums of Scotland to view the antique collection of textiles and other artifacts pertaining to the country's history and traditions.
- A chance to meet artists in their Edinburgh studios.
- A day excursion to the beautiful border country to visit Selkirk, the birthplace of Scotland's textile industry. Here, we will tour a bespoke tweed weavers mill. We will also visit Abbotsford, the inspired home of Sir Walter Scott. We will enjoy Lunch at Abbotsford's cafe, Ochiltree's Cafe.
- Time for shopping on your own (including fabric stores!) in the capital city or for seeing other museums and attractions such as Holyrood House or the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Day 11 – Friday, June 5
- Carefully selected hotels reflecting excellent service, fabulous amenities and locations in Glasgow; in Inverness, the Highlands; and in Edinburgh – 9 total nights in Scotland. Porterage included at the hotels where available.
- Ground transportation included using reputable private motor-coach companies.
- Meals: Breakfasts at all the hotels (9 total); Welcome Afternoon Tea in Glasgow the first day; Lunches on the way to Inverness, at Blair Castle and at Abbotsford; a Tour and Tasting at a Whisky Distillery; and a Celebration Dinner in Edinburgh on final night – 14 total meals
- Gratuities and Taxes: Included are all tips for coach drivers and local guides hired during the tour as well as taxes pertaining to the hotels and group meals.
- Tours and Experiences: Tea in the Rennie Mackintosh designed Willow Tea Room; Meeting Textile Artisans in various locations in Glasgow, in the Highlands and in Edinburgh; Tours of Tweed, Tartan and Cashmere Mills in the Highlands, Edinburgh and in the Border Country and a visit to Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh; Tours of historic sites including Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart Castle as part of a Loch Ness Cruise, Blair Castle and Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott. Tour and Tasting at a Whisky Distillery in the Highlands.
- Carbon emissions offset - a portion of each tour fee is donated to Amazon Conservation.