2024 Flax to Fabric, Sheep to Shawl: Northern Ireland & Donegal

      Belfast, UK

      Rowan Tree Travel
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      Oct 3 - 12, 2024
      Group size: 10 - 18
      2024 Flax to Fabric, Sheep to Shawl: Northern Ireland & Donegal
      Belfast, UK

      Rowan Tree Travel
      • Email address verified

      Oct 3 - 12, 2024
      Group size: 10 - 18

      About this trip

      We’ve been visiting Ireland now for a few years and our travelers never fail to ask “But what about the NORTH?” – and they are absolutely right! The north of Ireland is a fantastic destination for adventurous, fiber-focused travelers. Touring there gives us the opportunity to explore Northern Ireland (the six counties still part of the UK) plus the Republic of Ireland’s northernmost county, Donegal. Both Northern Ireland and Donegal offer rich history, dynamic landscapes and regional artisans with their own spin on traditional and contemporary crafts. We’ll spend time in dynamic, rejuvenated Belfast and delve into its deep relationship with all things linen. We’ll wind our way along the majestic North Coast, famous for castles, film locations and the Giant’s Causeway. Not to be outdone, the city of Derry will show off its beautiful, medieval center and roster of amazing public art. Northern Ireland also offers up some stellar indie dyers and designers – and we’ve got two of them hosting us for some fiber-focused fun. Then we’re off over the mountains and along tiny, Irish roads to get to the Wild Atlantic Way and county Donegal. Traditional Irish tweed is alive and well throughout Donegal. We’ll visit some of its most ardent advocates in studios and mills both small and large. Plus beach walks, fresh seafood, local hospitality, a distillery visit and craggy coastal walks with views across the Atlantic toward home. Get practicing your best versions of “Bout ye?” and “So it is…” and come along!

      Tour Cost, per person:

      • Single ($5700, per person) - a private accommodation for one person
      • Shared ($4650, per person) - one room for two people, your choice of one shared bed or two separate bed

        To Register
        A Registration Form and a non-refundable $1000 deposit are required to join the trip. Once you submit your online registration and deposit payment is received, your spot on the tour is secure. See our Terms & Conditions HERE.

      Please Note: RTTF is no longer able to accept checks as a payment form.


      Tour Activity Level:
      We would describe this trip as a Woolly Wander. If you'd like to review our trip activity levels, take a look here.

      This trip needs at least 6 participants in order to proceed (i.e. the trip is "guaranteed"). We strongly advise you to wait to purchase your flights until the trip is guaranteed by us to go forward.

      Unless otherwise stated, our regular Terms and Conditions apply to this trip and for any cancellations (click here to see our Terms and Conditions).

      Travel Insurance
      Rowan Tree Travel highly recommends purchasing travel insurance. You may purchase through our preferred partner Arch RoamRight by clicking here or through your own provider.

      Arranging Your Flights
      In order to gather easily for the tour, we provide an arrival and departure "window" at a major transportation hub - typically an international airport at your destination country. Flights scheduled outside the provided windows may result in additional transportation costs and missed tour activities. For this reason, we greatly appreciate your cooperation in booking travel that accommodates our specifications. 

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

      Have questions? Please contact us at info@rowantreetravel.com

      What’s included

      • Accommodations
        All accommodations in Northern Ireland and Donegal during the trip
      • Breakfast
        Breakfast is included every day
      • Workshops
        Workshop Fees & Supplies
      • Activities
        All entrance fees and activity fees
      • Meals (partial)
        An average of two meals per day. Prepare to purchase either dinner or lunch based on the day’s activities
      • Transportation
        Private group transportation in a mini-coach

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
      • Beverages
        Soda, alcohol, cafe items
      • Gratuities
      • Personal Items

      Available Packages

      Shared Accommodation
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      Standard Shared Accommodation: $4650 per person; two people per room with two beds (roommates can sign up to room together or we can assign a roommate if needed)

      Deposit: $1,000
      Single Accommodation
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      Single Accommodation: $5700 per person; one person per room for the duration of the trip

      Deposit: $1,000
      Cozy Shared Accommodation
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       Cozy Shared Accommodation: $4650 per person; two people per room sharing one bed (please note we cannot assign roommates in this category - you must have a roommate signing up also) 



      Day 1
      Thursday, October 3


      Welcome to Belfast where the Craic is Ninety!  We’ll start our exploration of Northern Ireland with arrival in its capital city: Belfast. In the years since The Troubles, Belfast has experienced a true renaissance. It’s now the home of a thriving music, art and culture scene. We’ll gather for a welcome meeting then head out for dinner in one of its most celebrated restaurants. Weary travelers can settle in for an early night as needed; adventurous souls can head out for some lively pub sessions! 

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