Last week I returned from a three-week trip to Scotland. For two of those three weeks I was on the inaugural Lambs On The Run excursion, sponsored by Colorado yarn shops LambShoppe and Longmont Yarn Shoppe. The other week I explored Edinburgh with my event coordinator Cindy Hallam.
The Lambs On The Run trip began with three days at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, followed by a spectacular bus tour of the country.
In addition to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, trip highlights included:
- A couple of days to explore Edinburgh and the Royal Mile (I did my best to stimulate the local economy!)
- A tour of Roslin Chapel (featured in Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code)
- High tea at the historic Balmoral Hotel
- A tour of Stirling Castle (aka, Castle Leoc of the Outlander book and movie fame)
- A visit (and tasting) with world-renowned chocolatier Iain Burnett (his truffles have won best in the world)
- A couple distillery tours (I do love a good whiskey!)
- Colloden House (where Bonnie Prince Charlie waited in vain to be recognized as King of Scotland)
- The Colloden Battle Field (the battle ended the Highland way of life)
- Clava Cairns (“magical” stones, such as those featured in the Outlander books and movies)
- A drive around the breathtakingly beautiful Isle of Skye
- A sheep dog demonstration by Neil, one of the few shepherds left
- A sheep shearing demonstration, also by Neil
- The historic New Lanark Mill, which is still in operation
- A whole lot of Scotish foods and brews
- Visits to a number of yarn shops featuring yarns that aren’t easily available in the U.S.
I’ve included a collage of photos below, in no particular order. If it looks mostly cold and damp, it was. But when the sun came out, did it ever shine!
Next spring Lambs On The Run will tour Italy. Florence, here I come!