Travel to Scotland in August 2015

As some of you know, I have been thinking of putting together small tour groups to Scotland for a while now.  I am a bit closer to getting things off the ground and part of that is due to James, who I had a great chat with. He has already been doing this for a while and had some good thoughts on how to get things started.  He is a fellow SCOTSagent tour guide and I wanted to pass on a trip he has planned to Scotland for next summer.

“The Western Isles of Scotland” tour is as follows:

“Open to anyone who loves Scotland, and the fresh sea air, our 14-day tour begins in Glasgow, travels west to Oban and the beautiful Isles of Mull and Iona. From here we travel to the beautiful Outer Hebrides. Our first visit is to Isle of Barra, home of the Clan MacNeil. After two nights here we head north to explore North and South Uist. From here it is on to the Isles of Lewis and Harris. After two nights in Stornoway, we return to the mainland of Scotland and make our way to Inverness, via the Isle of Skye. Two nights in Inverness is followed by our leisurely journey south to the Royal City of Edinburgh where we get to enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the sights and sounds of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for two nights.” Sounds like a great way to spend a couple of weeks in August! (2-15th)

Here is the general website for Auld Country Tours where you can get more information on this and other tours for next summer.

Scotsman – Hebrides: Islands on the Edge

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The Scotsman wrote an article yesterday to highlight the new series “Hebrides – Islands on the Edge”.  It has become a much-talked-about series, not only in newspaper articles but on Twitter and other social media.   I was on Twitter yesterday and I was scrolling far down the page through many people commenting how much they loved the program and a number of folk saying how much they appreciated Ewan McGregor narrating. 🙂

BBC One Scotland, Mondays starting May 6th for 4 weeks @ 9 p.m.

BBC link here.

Scotsman article link here.

Twitter – #Hebrides #islandsontheedge #BBCHebrides

Skye Weavers

 

6th of December …. open house with mulled wine, minced pies and German ginger bread.  That’s how we’ll start off here.  I was so excited to find Skye Weavers with their beautiful scarves, wraps and other assorted textiles. Absolutely gorgeous work on the Isle of Skye.

 

 

Their loom is bicycle pedal-powered and they produce woollen products as well as tweed lengths and garments such as cushion covers, bags and accessories.  Roger and Andrea, who own and operate Skye Weavers, are ”passionate about the need to preserve the knowledge and quality associated with Scottish tweeds and garments”.  All the products are hand-woven and sewn on the Isle of Skye and they endeavour to use UK materials and packaging as much as possible.

In February 2012, Roger and Andrea moved from the Isle of Mull to Skye, where they set up their business in an old family croft house in Glendale.  Both of them were inspired to begin the weaving company from previous working experience on an organic farm and weaving mill on Mull.

Three important components to Skye Weavers are a bicycle pedalled loom, brought from the Isle of Lewis and previously used to make tweed; secondly, a hand-operated warping mill, built from the wheels of a Massey-Harris tractor rake and thirdly, a sewing room.

 

 

Skye Weaver’s new scarf series is inspired by the different colors of bird’s plumage and are woven from 100% pure new lambswool at a generous length of 6 feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea says, “When we first heard of pedal looms being used on the Outer Isles to weave Harris Tweed, we were immediately intrigued.  What a great way to produce fabric: carbon neutral, clean, quiet, potentially pretty fast, and a good workout, as many people have pointed out to us.”

I haven’t seen the products first-hand but I am impressed by the quality in the photos and by their website in general.  I like that they are conscious of the environment and of preserving Scottish weaving traditions.  All the information and pictures here are from the Skye Weaver’s website.  Please drop by their site and check out all their fine products or better yet, drop by on December 6th for some mulled wine and have a look at their weaving workshop.

 

 

Islay

Islay has been intriguing me and I’d like to visit the island next time I’m back in Scotland.

Here’s a video of a trip to Islay this past summer from some people I don’t know but they were kind enough to put it on youtube so I’d like to share it with you.