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Join us for a relaxing break in charming Galway with workshops hosted by Julie Dubreux and days out exploring the Connemara countryside and the island of Inis Oírr, home to the traditional style of Aran knitting

On this superb six-day knitting holiday enjoy workshops led by Julie Dubreux and discover the stunning scenery, spirit and traditional crafts found on the west coast of Ireland.

Knitting has been a part of Irish life since the 1600s when knitting schools were established across the country. Thanks to an abundance of wool it became a source of income for many households during the 18th century. With their distinctive design, Aran sweaters are a symbol of Ireland and your full-day excursion to the smallest of the Aran islands will offer a chance to learn about Aran knitting the Inis Oírr way.

Other included excursions will see you explore the charming city of Galway, and visit Kylemore Abbey and the Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre, both nestled in the midst of Connemara's rugged landscape.

Specially designed for knitters, this Stitchtopia knitting holiday is the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded knitters and indulge in your favourite hobby. Our talented knitting expert will be on-hand throughout the holiday and will host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to get those needles clicking!

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Julie Dubreux
Knitting expert
French knitwear designer and knitting instructor

Julie Dubreux is a French knitwear designer and knitting instructor. Her enthusiastic love for the knitting community translates into colourful collaborations with indie dyers from all around the world. Her designs have been published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Laine Magazine and Knit Now UK, as well as in books such as I Knit Paris, My Favourite Things and Homecoming. Julie is a very outgoing, dynamic instructor. Her experience as a high-school teacher allows her to manage groups of knitters with different levels of ability so that no one feels left out, and everyone gets to learn something new.

Price includes

  • Stay five nights half-board at the four-star Galway Bay Hotel and enjoy a free bottle of Champagne.

  • Fly return from London Heathrow to Shannon**, with airport transfers and coach travel in Ireland included.

  • Take part in four half-day knitting workshops with Julie Dubreux.

  • Visit Kylemore Abbey, Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre, the Cliffs of Moher, take a walking tour of Galway and a full-day excursion to Inis Oírr, including lunch and a workshop with local knitters.

  • Enjoy the services of an experienced tour manager.


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  1. Day
    London to Shannon
    Shannon, Ireland

    Meet your tour manager at London Heathrow airport for your morning flight to Shannon. You'll stop off to visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher en route to the hotel.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Galway, Ireland

    This morning's excursion takes you to Galway where you'll visit Knitwits, Galway's largest yarn store, and enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic winding streets of this colourful and cultural city. This afternoon you'll enjoy your first knitting workshop with Julie Dubreux, in the hotel.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    Inis Oírr
    Inis Oírr, Ireland

    Today you'll travel to Ros a Mhl to catch the ferry to Inis Oírr. The island is the smallest of the Aran islands, which are renowned for their preservation of the traditional ways of life. After a wandering wagon tour of the island, meet with a local knitting expert to knit a simple project with an Aran design inspired by the Inis Oírr landscape. Lunch today is included.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day
    Knitting workshop in Galway
    Galway, Ireland

    Enjoy a full day of knitting under the guidance of our expert Julie Dubreux, with both morning and afternoon workshops at the hotel.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day
    Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

    Beyond Galway lies the stunning landscape of Connemara. Here you'll visit historic Kylemore Abbey, and enjoy an insight into the importance of textiles to Connemara at the fascinating Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre. Discover the history of sheep farming, and learn about the methods of spinning and weaving, as you see wheels and looms dating back to the turn of the last century.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day
    Shannon to London
    Shannon, Ireland

    This morning you'll enjoy your final knitting workshop with Julie, before leaving the hotel and transferring to Shannon airport for your return flight to London Heathrow.

    Meals - Breakfast


Galway Bay Hotel

Galway, Ireland

Four-star hotel on the shores of Galway Bay

This four-star hotel is set at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, in one of Ireland's most scenic locations. With beautiful views over Galway Bay and Clare Hills, this award-winning hotel is also just five minutes from Galway City. All classic rooms boast comfortable V1 spring beds, en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee-making facilities, room service, safe and hairdryer and ironing board, plus the extra option of views over the garden or Salthill's famous promenade. Dining options include Bay Brasserie, the Atlantic Bar and Harvest Cafe.

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