Highlights of the Spring Scotland Knitting Tour, May 2023

Our knitting group of 18 toured Scotland and participated in knitting workshops with the knitters of Sanquhar, Di Gilpin and Carla Scott.

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Scotland 2023 Trip Details



The group was given a panoramic tour of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. The first stop enabled the group to explore Holyrood Palace before visiting Edinburgh Castle.


A scenic drive from Edinburgh to the south of Scotland brought the knitters to Sanquhar. There we joined the Sanquhar Pattern Design Team at A’ the Arts Community Art Centre and learn about the history of the historic knitting patterns. After a demonstration of the technique we all were able to participate in the workshop, creating wristlets.

St. Andrews

On the way to St. Andrews, we stopped at Di Gilpin’s Studio at Comielaw Farm where we enjoyed a discussion on the history of Gansey knitting, and an opportunity to learn one of the patterns.

We enjoyed a walking tour of At. Andrews, including its iconic golf course and beautiful coastal scenery.


Before arriving in Inverness, the group toured Blair Castle and enjoying a wonderful lunch at Atholl Palace hotel, before topping in Pitlochry for a whisky tasting and shopping expedition.

A walking tour of Inverness was followed by a drive to Knockando Woollen Mill and a lunch in a local pub. Afterwards the group visited the historic Culloden Battlefields site of the last great battle between the English and the Jacobites.

Our visit to Inverness ended with a relaxing sightseeing cruise on Loch Ness, where some of the group swear they saw Nessie!


A relaxing Sunday morning was spent learning Entrelac in a workshop with Carla Scott. The group then drove to nearby Ledard Farm for a traditional Scottish lunch and live entertainment by our local host.

A tour of New Lanark Village, an UNESCO heritage site and former 18th century cotton mill spinning village proved very interesting on our way back to Edinburgh.