The Scottish Highlands are famous worldwide for breathtaking scenery, fascinating history and a unique culture encompassing captivating music, traditional dress, the Gaelic language and, of course, malt whisky.

knitted-goods-600One thing that the region is not as well known for is its knitting culture; until now, that is. This autumn we are celebrating the inaugural Loch Ness Knit Fest, a four day festival to be held in various venues in and around Inverness and Loch Ness, aimed at the international crafting community.

The festival boasts a jam-packed programme of events, from workshops in sweater design, felt making, Tunisian crochet and shawl making to knit cruises, a gala dinner and a Highland music concert. The festival is expected to attract around 3000 visitors to Inverness at the end of September and, whilst these crafters will be kept entertained by the full programme of events on offer, it is anticipated that they will also be keen to experience the many other attractions in the local area.

In response to demand from crafters, and particularly from families and partners who are accompanying them for a Loch Ness vacation, WOW Scotland have extended our summer tour programme to the end of September. We are offering two tours on 30th September, both of which are specifically aimed at these very special visitors.
distiilery-workers-at-tomatin-600Our Whisky Bus from Inverness has been carefully crafted to give malt fans a fantastic introduction to the Highland and Speyside whisky regions, with exclusive tours and tastings at five of our absolute favourite distilleries; Tomatin, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas and Aberlour. So, with at least eight drams included in the tour price, we are confident that you will definitely find your very own uisge beatha (“water of life”) on this whisky-fuelled adventure.

In parallel with this tour, and for those who are not as keen on sampling malts, we are also running our Highland & Speyside Explorer Tour; the ultimate sightseeing tour, which visits Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Ballindalloch Castle and Knockando Woolmill.

knockando-loom-600Knockando is expected to be of particular interest to the knitting community, as there our guests will find out how this original woollen mill has maintained its traditions of spinning and weaving for generations. On a guided tour we’ll be shown how the beautiful and vibrant tweeds are produced today, still using 19th century machinery.

We would like to warmly welcome all Loch Ness Knit Fest attendees to the Highlands, and we hope that you will join us on one of these fantastic tours in a few weeks time!

For those staying at the Clansman Hotel or the Kingmills Hotel please contact us if you wish to book as, subject to demand, we may be able to offer transportation from these locations to the tour meeting place in Inverness.

So, what are you waiting for?
Click here for further information and to register for the Loch Ness Knit Fest
Click here for an itinerary and to book onto our Whisky Bus
Click here for an itinerary and to book onto our Highland & Speyside Explorer