DAY 1: Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland!
After clearing arrivals, your transfer service will collect you from Edinburgh Airport and drop you oﬀ at your hotel for check-in. Take some time to settle into the city and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to explore.
DAY 2: Edinburgh- Holyrood House Tapestry Collection
Make use of your 24-hour Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus ticket and visit the world-famous Edinburgh Castle while taking in the panoramic view of Edinburgh Old and new Town (UNESCO Heritage Site) from the castle esplanade.
Make sure you take some time to visit the Palace of Holyrood House, located at the bottom of the Royal Mile. Holyrood is the official residence of the Queen in Scotland and offers some of the greatest collections of 17th century tapestry in the world, including the Diogenes series made at Mortlake and the French Diana series, both acquired by Charles II. Local tip: a great dinner option is the Grain Store on Victoria Street – where Scottish food is served in an amazing historical setting.
DAY 3: Scottish Tartan Workshop-Social Enterprise
You will head to an artist’s studio in Stirling where you will learn about the history of Scottish tartan and get to weave your own shawl.
This studio is also a social enterprise where all profits from commercial workshops fund therapeutic workshops for trauma survivors. You will spend your day at the workshop and return to Edinburgh for your overnight. (B)
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Full Day Weaving Workshop
DAY 4: Hawick- Textile Center
Hawick is a well-known textile center with working production plants for brands such as Johnstone’s of Elgin, Made in Hawick, Hawico and William Lockie. You can take advantage of a factory immersion at Johnstone’s of Elgin, before having a look around their fantastic shop.
If you want to delve deeper into textile manufacturing, you can also visit the local Borders Textile Towerhouse – entry is free of charge, donations welcome. If visiting over the summer on certain dates you might also be able to experience the famous Common Riding. Return to Edinburgh for your overnight.(B)
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Textile Center
DAY 5: Edinburgh: The Edinburgh Tartan Weaving Mill
The Edinburgh Tartan Weaving Mill on the Royal Mile warrants a visit. Here you will be able to shop for Tartan and Woll products as well as visit their free Mill Exhibition on site.
Another option is the Dovecot Studios in Infirmary Street, with its variety of textile exhibitions and a featured on-site tapestry studio.
Local tip: why not round off your last night by visiting Edinburgh’s famous Tigerlily. This boutique hotel, bar and restaurant has a great and unique vibe and boasts a great range of cocktails. Another local favorite is Bramble Bar & Lounge on Queen Street – ask for their signature Bramble cocktail! (B)
DAY 6: See You Again!
Extend your journey on one of our numerous textile programs.
We look forward to welcoming you back on another Learning Journeys immersion.
Perhaps you’re interested in visiting Ireland to enjoy an immersion in quilt making, or to learn about the wools of Iceland, or immerse in the spectacular textiles in India. Whatever your interest, Learning Journeys can assist you with finding the perfect program to fulfil your dreams.