Scottish Highlands & Islands Tour - Aug 2019


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  • Scottish Highlands & Islands Tour

    16-27 August 2019 - £7,000

    Explore the Highlands & Western Isles of Scotland | Tuition with Phillipa Turnbull & Meredith Willett

    Away we go! This wild adventure will begin in Edinburgh and take us north to see the raw beauty of the Highlands as well as visits to Scottish Islands and their local textile crafts. We will visit an iconic castle with a special lace collection, embroider in a private castle as if it were your own. Study tweed, tartan, lace, needlepoint, crewel work, costume, silk and metal thread embroideries. This will be an active trip with visits to many places with limited access. For this reason, this particular Tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

    This Retreat begins and ends in Edinburgh. Book your place now by paying a deposit or speak to us further by emailing

  • You may secure your place immediately by paying a deposit or the full amount here. Alternatively you may download a booking form and return it, completed, to Laura Turnbull at A deposit of £500 will then be requested, at which time your booking will be confirmed. Please also read our full Terms & Conditions.

    What is included in the price?

    • All tuition, talks and lectures
    • All materials and instructions required for workshops
    • Loan of all the necessary frames and equipment required for workshops
    • All hotel accommodations for the stated duration of the tour, and all coach travel (except Appleby Residential Retreat, which is tuition only)
    • Meals as stated in the timetable (except Appleby Residential Retreat)
    • All entry fees for castles, country houses, museums, and other special excursions
    • Refreshments during workshops and lectures

    What is not included in the price?

    • Travel to and from the Retreat
    • Personal expenditure at hotels, excursions and events, e.g. bar, laundry, telephone, IT, meal extras beyond anything that has already been arranged as part of the Retreat
    • Additional tips and gratuities at your discretion


    You may pay the entire amount at the point of booking. Alternatively, you may pay in installments as follows:
    1. £500 deposit payable on booking
    2. 50% of payment no later than 6 months prior to start date
    3. 100% of payment no later than 3 months prior to start date
    If you would like a different payment schedule, please contact us.

      Payment methods

      • Payment can be made by Bank Draft/Transfer
      • If you are paying from a foreign bank account, we recommend using TransferWise. This is a service designed specifically for foreign currency transfers and offers the cheapest fees (much cheaper than your bank would charge for an international transfer)
      • We also accept payments by credit card (with a 2% surcharge) or debit card or by UK cheque
      • We do not accept Paypal
    1. Cancellations

      If, having booked and made the first payment, you wish to cancel your booking, a refund of this payment will be made if your place is taken by someone from the waiting list. If there is no waiting list, or your place is not taken, then no refund can be made. All deposits are non-refundable. All other refunds are at the sole discretion of The Organisers.

      Your Health

      It is important that you inform us of any health issues or food allergies, etc, at the time of booking. Wheelchair users should please note that, due to the historic focus of our Retreats, most of the venues are extremely old and do not have good accessibility. If you have mobility or health issues and are not sure to what extent these might affect your enjoyment of the vacation, please contact to discuss.

      Travel Arrangements

      It is your responsibility to make all travel arrangements to the Retreat in time for the welcome meeting on the first day, and from the Retreat on the final day. If there is demand for it, we can arrange group pick-ups from the recommended airport (as stated in the description). For specific travel advice, please speak to Louise at

      Alterations to the programme

      The Organisers reserve the right to make additions, alterations and/or substitutions, without notice, to the itinerary/tutors or any other part of the programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances, or to improve the student experience.

      Liability and Insurance

      The Organisers have used their best endeavours to ensure that all goods, services and facilities provided in respect of the Retreat have been supplied, delivered, arranged or otherwise made available by properly qualified companies, organisations and individuals. They cannot, however, accept any responsibility for damage, loss or injury, howsoever caused, to participants or those accompanying them, or their belongings, as a consequence of their attendance during the days spent at the Retreat or at any of the Special Excursions or Events, or in the event that any part of the programme cannot be delivered. In the event that The Organisers have to cancel the Retreat, their liability shall be limited to refunding all monies they have received up to the time of cancellation.

      All students are advised to take out their own insurance, in respect of, but not limited to, travel, cancellation, loss of payments made, medical and personal effects, etc. The importance of doing this at the earliest possible stage cannot be over-emphasised.

      We are a member of travel regulator ABTA. Our membership number is Y6352

      You can read our full Terms & Conditions here.

    Prefer to call?
    Call us on +44 1768 353 683

    Book with confidence. We are a member of ABTA (Member No. Y6352)

    Prefer to call?
    Call us on +44 1768 353 683

    Book with confidence. We are a member of ABTA (Member No. Y6352)

    Prefer to call?
    Call us on +44 1768 353 683

    Book with confidence. We are a member of ABTA (Member No. Y6352)

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