Isle of Skye textile vacation
£2790To£3090 excluding flights
Description of Isle of Skye textile vacation
2022: 30 Sep
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe carefully selected partners we work with on this tour share our sustainability values, which are reflected in their practices. Here are some examples:
- Shilasdair Yarn use plants that grow in their workshop's immediate surroundings and spring water for dyeing yarn supplied by their partners, who in turn have a focus on ethical and sustainable practices.
- Skye Skyns are the only sheepskin tannery in Scotland and the skins they process are all by-products. They source their skins from the nearest abattoir near Inverness, keeping transport miles to a minimum and preventing Scottish raw skins being exported to producers overseas. Skye Skyns recycle wherever they can.
- Island at the Edge, the croft in Edinbane where we'll spend a full day, live 'off grid' and generate their own electricity via green technology including solar panels. The wool they use for spinning and knitting comes from their own croft.
When visiting the Scottish islands we take our Leave No Trace approach very seriously - this includes minimising waste, avoiding use of single use plastic, recycling as much as possible. We do not provide bottled drinking water, but hand out reusable water bottles for guest who didn't bring their own, for filling up using tap water, which is of very good quality everywhere in Scotland. The group size is small with up to 10 guests.
PeopleAll our creative experiences support local artists and craft makers, as well as local galleries and venues. This also means we don't drive a hard bargain but pay fair prices (at least the rates recommended by the Scottish Artists Union). Being creative teaches you to really see a place and connect with it at a deeper level. This fosters respect for local environments and communities.
With its wealth of long established as well as new enterprises the Isle of Skye, the largest of the Inner Hebrides, has grown into a textile destination buzzing with creativity. This tour was designed in partnership with the best makers the island has to offer, who are all very passionate about their craft and keeping traditional skills alive. The itinerary combines craft workshops with visits, talks and storytelling. Guests get to connect with the locations, meet the makers, develop their creative skills and learn about the island's history and heritage.
The partners we work with and visit or this tour share our values related to responsible practices.
Skye Weavers, for example, are passionate about the need to preserve the knowledge and quality associated with Scottish tweeds and garments. All their products are woven on a bicycle pedal-powered loom in a small weaving shed next to an old croft house The sewing is done by them and other Scottish companies they work with. Wherever possible Skye Weavers buy materials and packaging from within the UK. They work with spinners in Scotland and Yorkshire, cloth finishers in the Scottish borders and label weavers in Wales.
Another example is The Handspinner Having Fun, where we will spend a day crafting, promote the use of fleece from rare breed sheep and produce products that are ‘slow fashion’, which encourages us to buy fewer garments of higher quality and made using more sustainable processes. They select their knitters and spinners from local populations, or people who have close ties to Skye; this helps to support a small, vulnerable, rural community.
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