We run craft holidays, weekend courses and relaxation retreats in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland. Our craft holidays concentrate on collecting and using natural dyes, felt making, spinning and eco-printing. Our relaxation retreats combine elements of craft, morning yoga and walking. We run weekend and week long craft holidays. Our pre-arranged weeks and weekends have no more than six places available and we can organise bespoke short breaks for groups of 5 or more and longer holidays for groups of 6-10 people.
We are easily reached by plane, train, coach or car (being less than 30 miles from the centre of Inverness). Despite our accessibility, we are in a breath-taking location, surrounded by some of Scotland’s most beautiful glens (Strathglass, Affric, Strathfarrar and Urquhart) and the legendary Loch Ness is just down the road. Our holidays are run from Crochail Wood, 100 acres of forest, which is home to our small flock of Shetland sheep and wildlife including red squirrels and pine martens.
We use large Highland houses for our residential craft retreats and holidays and there is a wide range of local accommodation available for our weekend craft courses depending on your tastes and requirements -be it camping, glamping in Ele’s yurt, bed and breakfast or self-catered chalets or cottages.
We are both qualified archaeologists and also have lots of catering experience, including cooking for people with all sorts of special dietary requirements. Our food comes from a network of small, local producers of delicious, natural ingredients. We also have a network of people who run some elements of our holidays, including; craft teachers, wildlife experts, walking guides and yoga instructors.
We try to ensure that as well as getting the activities you have come here for, that you also go away having had a real taste of Highland life, including its natural and social history, the interesting people who live here and the relaxing pace of life, Our aim is for you to take a little piece of the Highlands home with you, be it memories of stunning landscapes, felted wall hangings, spun yarn, borrowed recipes, dirty boots or just the peace and tranquillity of one of Europe’s last great wildernesses.