An accessible and tailor-made master’s course that is entirely dedicated to wool. Traditional techniques are combined with in-depth skills on all kinds of ways to work with wool.
This course is given in one of the wildest, rawest and most beautiful places on the west coast of Scotland. In addition to the huge variety of original wool skills, you will also be taken into the local culture, nature and real Scottish traditions.
Of these 10 days, 7 are filled with a specialized course component every day. This way you will learn all about different types of wool and sheep breeds. Scotland has the largest variety of unique and rare, originally sheep breeds in the world! Among other things, you will look at hand shaving sheep and processing raw wool into material that you can use for different purposes. Every day there is a different skill at the center and your hands will have a lot to do.
The other 3 days are free to fill in to enjoy the surroundings, visit the coast, go to a village or if you want to be free by working on your projects at your own pace.
The course is given in collaboration with “Croftwools” near the beautiful village of Applecross. Croftwools is the organization of Lesley and Tom Kilbride. Lesley is the expert when it comes to traditional coloring of wool using lichens and Tom is a very skilled weaver. They have a studio and shop on the remote West Coast road. For this course we will make a joint camp in a fenced field near their studio.
Some of the lessons will be provided by them. In addition to the special knowledge they transfer, you can get acquainted with their ‘crofting’ lifestyle (a croft is a small farm). They are an inspiration of creativity and skills and ambassadors of crofting life. This term is difficult to translate into Dutch, but if you see the vast Scottish fields in front of you with a small farm where all kinds of activity takes place, then an image is created. Also consider local food specialties, live traditional Scottish music and campfire stories. All these things are definitely going to be part of this Scottish experience! Some course parts will be given in an original thatched Celtic round house, other days we will felt in the ‘village house’, to prevent the wind from blowing away the wool! In short, you will see and visit different places.
In addition, we also have a Living by Nature teaching tent so that there is always a place to come together and be busy with a project. With this course you will get 3 coats to work with and transform into various warm and beautiful products that you will be absolutely proud of.
How to get there
Cuaig croft, near Applecross, is a beautiful place but secluded. You’re going to need a car no matter what. The nearest airport is Inverness but this is still a 2 hour drive (125km). There is little traffic between Inverness and Applecross. The roads are narrow but also slow and beautiful. It is therefore recommended to travel together either from an airport or from the Netherlands with a boat crossing.
Edinburgh has more flights and rental options. From there it is a 6-hour drive (370 km). A longer route but you will drive a beautiful Highland road tour!
You can also take the boat from IJmuiden to Newcastle and drive your own car from there. This is an 8-hour drive to Applecross. www.dfds.com
Even in July, the weather can be windy, cold and wet. So come prepared and bring waterproof clothing and sturdy waterproof (walking) shoes or boots. Bring a tent of good quality, wind and waterproof, because you are near the Atlantic coast. Wild camping is allowed in Scotland. Hammocks and tars are absolutely not possible. If you don’t want to camp, you can also book B&B, hostels or Airbnb locally.