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Shetland 2025

Join us for a Wool & Whisky Adventure in the Shetland Isles! 

Together we’ll spend 8 of our 11 days weaving through this incredibly unique cluster of islands rich with knitting history. We will leave no stone unturned as we wander through the north, south, east, and west of Shetland.

From time spent in the museums to exploring ancient archaeological sites, a fair isle knit-along to walks along the scenic cliffs and seaside, not to mention tastings of whisky & gin from the northernmost distilleries in the UK, there is something for everyone on this tour! 

The itinerary for this tour will be released on SEPTEMBER 2, 2024. 

Here's the first peek until everything is finalized.

Gathering together for 1 night in Aberdeen, we’ll have a wee tour of Aberdeenshire before boarding the overnight ferry for Shetland. When we emerge from our cabins and disembark, we’ll begin our 7-night stay in Shetland, with the first two hotels giving us easy access to the south of mainland Shetland before settling in for a luxurious 5 nights at our favorite island retreat.  

Joined periodically by local guides and Shetland knitwear designer Ella Gordon, you will find yourself immersed in Shetland culture from past to present. All three lodgings have been chosen for their distinct history and charm, including a 16th century laird's homestead! With delicious local food, visits with sheep, and plenty of yarn, you and your fellow knitting enthusiasts will leave the island a Shetland expert.  Then it’s a quick flight back to Aberdeen for our final night. 

If you would like to pre-register to save your spot, check out the details here and make your deposit. Spaces are limited. 



Trip of a Lifetime

Join us April 23-May 8, 2024 to explore the

Wonders of New Zealand 

Kid Ewe Knot and Rowan Tree Travel

The full itinerary, pricing and booking are RIGHT HERE.

But here is a quick overview of what 16 days on the other side of the world will look like. 

Wooly! and some possum and the local "flax". I guess Fibery! is more appropriate.

Accommodation in a Castle and on a real Sheep Station among others. Excellent food and Local libations. Wine Tasting, Gin Tasting.

Birds: Albatros and Penguins, maybe even Kiwi!

Hobbits! Orks! Steam Punk Museum, Spinning and Weaving.

Truly, read the full itinerary. 

$7100 for shared accommodation includes most meals, all in country transportation and workshops. Airfare is not included.

Why do we travel with Rowan Tree Travel over and over again?

  • the camaraderie of like-minded, fiber-obsessed folks - our people!

  • a below-the-touristy-surface experience of your destination- what really makes a place special, more than checking a box.

  • an opportunity to get to know & support local communities, artisans and makers- people like us!

  • travel planners & trip leaders who draw on their own experiences to create something outrageously special - every time!

You should join us, too! Indulge your fiber and travel interests with others as excited as you are- and never have to explain why. We get you. 

Details and Registration for the Wonders of New Zealand 



10-night journey through Ireland, visiting the Southwest regions of Kerry and Cork, then delving into the very Heart of Ireland along The River Shannon and beyond! We will visit yarn producers, designers, dyers and shepherds, as well as learning about the traditions of Irish Lace and weaving! Our textile journey will also include plenty of castles, romantic ruins, gorgeous scenery and farm-to-table food experiences along the way as we examine


Ireland Through the Maker’s Lens.

August 31-September 10, 2023


Snippet Itinerary:

August 31 - September 2 | Three Days in County Kerry

Failte! Welcome to Ireland! For our first three days in Ireland, we will enjoy the many delights of County Kerry. The spectacular scenery of The Ring of Kerry will be our backdrop as we learn about the history of the area through visits to castles, historic homes and ancient ring forts. Visits to The Kerry Woolen Mill, The Kenmare Lace Center and a local sheep farm will deepen our understanding of the local textile scene, past and present.

September 3 - 4 | A Luxurious Country House

After a visit to the iconic Blarney Castle and its fabulous gardens, we will indulge in two nights at Longueville House - one of our favorite places in Ireland! This country house hotel has it all, from an apple orchard and cider house to farm to table meals, from cozy drawing rooms to knit in to gardens which invite a wander. Carol Feller will join us here for a relaxing workshop over the course of the day before we head down into Cork City for a visit to local yarn shops, including Hedgehog Fibers.

September 5 - 7 | Along the Shannon

The Shannon River was once considered to be the lifeblood of Ireland, and after visiting The Rock of Cashel and its religious complex founded by St Patrick himself, we will spend the next couple of days exploring its banks. From our accommodations at Killaloe Hotel and Spa, we will visit the McKernan’s Woollen Mill, producers of fine woven goods and learn all about natural dyeing techniques at Apple Oak Fiberworks. We will channel our inner Viking as we approach Clonmacnoise Monastery from our Viking River Cruise on The Shannon herself.

September 8 - 10 | Ireland's Heartland

roscommon sheep

Heading inland, we will visit Sandra Coote at Crafts of Ireland for a fiber filled workshop in her amazingly diverse studio, as well as getting to meet one of the few remaining flocks of Roscommon Sheep in Ireland which she has nurtured! From there we will head down to Roundwood House, one of our favorite places to stay in Ireland due to their warm welcome and amazing food where we will have a wander through the estate grounds with Wild Food Mary and visit the Mountmellick Museum to learn about the production of Mountmellick Lace. We’ll share one more fabulous farm to table meal at Roundwood House before we head home on September 10, fully sated with food and fiber!


Tour Price: $4100-$5350 plus Airfare

Single Accommodation: $5350 per person, one person per room | Flex Accommodation: $4600 per person, four nights in a Single and six nights in a Shared Accommodations during the tour | Mini Flex Accommodation: $4450 per person, two nights in a Single and the remaining in a Shared Accommodation | Shared Accommodation: $4200 per person, two persons per room | Cozy Double Accommodation: $4100 per person, four nights in a shared king-sized bed and six nights with two beds per room

Included in Tour Price

10 nights' accommodations in Ireland | An average of two meals per day. (Breakfast is provided each morning. Prepare to purchase either dinner or lunch based on the day’s scheduled activities.) | Entry fees and workshops | Transportation during the tour in a private mini-coach

Not Included in Tour Price

Airfare | Soda and alcoholic drinks | Personal items | Gratuities | Yarn!

To Register

A Registration Form and a non-refundable $500 deposit are required to join the trip. Once you submit your online registration (which arrives in our system with a time stamp) we will tentatively hold a spot for you. Next, we will email an invoice to you for the deposit, payable online with a credit/debit card or bank transfer. You will need to make that payment within 24 hours. Once payment is received, your spot on the tour is secure.

This trip needs at least 15 participants in order to proceed (i.e. the trip is "guaranteed"). Once the tour is a guaranteed departure, our regular Terms and Conditions apply for cancellation.

Rowan Tree Travel highly recommends purchasing travel insurance.

Once our tour is guaranteed with the minimum number of travelers, we will notify all registrants to begin making travel arrangements. You may do so on your own or work with our booking agent.

Rowan Tree Travel reserves the right to alter any part of this itinerary in order to address weather conditions, unforeseen circumstance or to improve the participant experience.

Our trips are categorized as active, moderately active, or relaxed. We would describe this trip as moderately active.