Scotland craft weekends, felt making & natural dyeing

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2019: 24 Aug, 25 Aug, 7 Sep
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Responsible tourism: Scotland craft weekends, felt making & natural dyeing

Environment

Everything we do is aimed at making a positive impact on the people who stay with us and on the people, places and communities that we introduce them to.

Our craft courses have drawn inspiration from the crofting community both past and present in and around Ross-shire and Inverness-shire. Crofters are a true example of sustainability. Surviving on marginal land, making a living from what surrounds them.

We believe passionately in protecting our local environment. We source local produce to cut down on food miles, either growing or sourcing our vegetables locally.

We re-use and recycle all that we can, from paper in the office to fishing rope washed up on the beach. We compost all our food waste and recycle cardboard, aluminum and plastics. We try and minimize our energy use and encourage our guests to do the same.

We are very aware of the natural unspoilt beauty of the area and endeavour to help keep it that way. We encourage clients to adopt the responsible tourist’s mantra of; “leave only foot prints, take only photographs”

We pick only abundant plants for our natural dyeing courses, including; Nettles, Broom and Gorse and even help clear some nuisance plants such as Ragwort, (which legally should be cleared from all farmland). We also teach our guests about the history of these plants.

Community

As well as our craft weekends, we are also running school felting workshops and community projects aimed at getting children and their families interested in traditional crafts and the idea of sustainability. Most of the fleeces in the North Highlands are used for very little. We want people to understand how wasteful this is, where in fact the fleece could be used in many craft practices.

We are committed to using local services wherever possible; all our the recommended accommodation we use is based in the near by village of Cannich. Virtually all the food we serve is locally produced and the experts involved live in the area.

We generate employment and revenue for local people and businesses including crofters, farmers, market stall holders, fishermen, artists, craftsmen, cafes, restaurants and shops.

The Highlands is a sparsely populated area dominated by massive tracts of mountainous wilderness. Our business helps to support and expand a regional network of like-minded individuals. We help to encourage cohesion and skill-sharing amongst craft practitioners and our other specialists.

We hope that many of our guests will return to the area in the future.

2 Reviews of Scotland craft weekends, felt making & natural dyeing

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Reviewed on 13 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole weekend was memorable, Rosie is a very patient and wonderful teacher. We learned lots of informations about natural dyeing, we dyed fleece
using different methods with amazing results! Rosie showed us her home and her lovely family, and it was a very warm atmosphere. As a non native english speaker, the explanations were easy to follow, and I did dye at home after the weekend!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring old clothes! We went in the forest to look for plants!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The weekend deals with old craftsmanship, and the holiday company is part of a beautiful landscape.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I was very happy to discover Scotland and dyeing! It's a five stars week end for sure!

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The location was superb with amazing views overlooking the glen. We learned fascinating traditional skills, collecting lichens and bracken fronds from the woods and making up a wide range of natural dyes, using open wood fires. We dyed fleeces and fabric, mixing our colours, which were astonishingly vibrant and ready to take on to the next step for spinning or felting. Rosie and her family were very welcoming and gave us wonderful outdoor lunches.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring sensible outdoor clothing and boots - Scottish weather is always changing. the midges were not a bother - honest! Take time to explore the surrounding glens when in the area.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The lifestyle of the workshop facilitator was mindful of self-sufficiency and environmental impact, living 'off-grid', composting toilet and natural spring water on site. Our lunches were either home grown or locally sourced. nearby accommodation providers supported the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A wonderful, inspiring experience in a beautiful part of our country.

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