Alyth Craft Tourism

Alyth Craft Tourism offers you the opportunity to craft with some of Scotland's finest makers and artisans based in the historic Perthshire Town of Alyth.

Alyth Craft Tourism offers visitors to the Cateran Ecomuseum of Eastern Perthshire the opportunity to learn to craft with some of Scotland's finest makers and artisans whilst staying in traditional stone cottages in the historic town of Alyth. Launched in 2015, bespoke learning experiences in 2016 are being offered with Alyth based willow artisan Jane Wilkinson.

Operating as usual

31/07/2020

A few places remaining on our new style Covid compliant autumn course. Get in touch if you are interestedThanks :)

23/03/2020

look forward to this!

A wee announcement:

For the next 100 days we are going to do everything we can to cheer, inform & uplift you with images, songs, stories, poetry, music & archives that connect you to us, to each other and to this beautiful part of Scotland that we call home.

Hope you enjoy..

01/03/2020

Revised course dates with Jane Wilkinson this year! We've just added another one in July, please see attached flier - and there one more space left for the March course! Get in touch if you are interested - all prices, terms and conditions on the flier..

19/12/2019

We've just agreed the first two course dates with Jane for next year - see wee poster attached..

Alyth Craft Tourism
Dates for courses with Jane Wilkinson for 2020

Email: [email protected]

Spring Creative Basketry Course (beginners)
March 12th (arrival) 13th, 14th, 15th, (course) 16th March (departure)

Residential cost for person doing the course: £350

Residential cost for a partner not doing the course but staying in the accommodation: £150

Non residential cost £260

Costs include welcome supper, midmorning, lunch & tea time catering on course days & all materials

Spring Creative Basketry Course (intermediate/advanced)
May 21st (arrival) 22nd, 23rd, 24th, (course) 25th May(departure)

Residential cost for person doing the course: £350

Residential cost for a partner not doing the course but staying in the accommodation: £150

Non residential cost £260

Costs include welcome supper, midmorning, lunch & tea time catering on course days & all materials

Terms and Conditions

Booking
Confirmation of the course place will be made by e-mail in which paypal/BACS details for payment will be given.

Payment Terms
A 50% non-refundable deposit of the course fee is payable at the time of booking with full payment required at least 6 weeks before the course. The fee is non-refundable but may be transferred to a different course if you cancel more than 4 weeks prior to the course. In the case of cancellation less than 4 weeks prior to the course the course fee is non-refundable, although you could find a friend to attend in your place. If you are booked on a course and do not turn up on the day, then no refund or transfer will be given.

Cancellation Policy
We reserve the right to cancel or move a class or workshop due to unforeseen circumstances including illness. Most classes are limited to 8 students and at least 5 students are needed to make a class. In the event of under-subscription, classes may be cancelled or postponed. We will give you as much notice as possible should this happen and you will be able to transfer to another course or receive a full refund. We cannot be held liable for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of class cancellation. Where a course is cancelled we will email or phone you as soon as possible.

07/04/2019

Alyth Creates - A 3 Day Festival

Register now to compete in our fabulous outdoor painting event - join us at Paint Alyth Competition where you could win £400. Follow this link to Eventbrite to book your place and find out more... junior category details are online there too! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/paint-alyth-plein-air-competition-2019-tickets-57942932872?fbclid=IwAR1DKsEbRkwNmz9FIMzh-Glb_Hgka2YkN5Aa2aKKB2ysgSX764MqN7jsBpE

07/03/2019

Caterans Common Wealth

Celebrating & sustaining the things that belong to all of us

04/12/2018

Course dates with the great Alyth based willow weaver Jane Wilkinson for 2019 now confirmed! See attached wee flier.

Fantastic reviews (as ever) from this year's participants:

"Recently completed the residential course and had a fantastic time. From the wonderful welcome on arrival, I knew it was going to be good! The accommodation was cosy and warm, and the food was amazing (the warm pancakes were my downfall). Jane is an absolute master at her craft and she led us through the stages with humour and amazing patience. The group were great fun and we really got into the spirit of it - all producing beautiful baskets by the end. We also got the opportunity to have a go in a coracle on tranquil Loch Clunie, which I would highly recommend...unforgettable! All in all, a super well-organised course run by an enthusiastic expert. I’m already pencilled in for Jane’s coracle making one!"

"Attending Jane's recent hedgerow basketry course was a fantastic experience. As a complete beginner, I proudly finished a beautiful log basket at the end of the three days with the expert, patient, knowledgeable and entertaining guidance of Jane. We were made to feel very much at home by Clare and Olivia, who provided wonderful home baking and lunches. I can't praise the course highly enough and would wholeheartedly recommend it. I look forward to doing similar courses with Special Branch in the future."

I'm really glad I came all the way from Germany to attend Jane's course: I had a wonderful time with everyone on the course and Jane was a great teacher.

Check this fab video that the #snowroads have made about her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ZVB3HSpNU&feature=youtu.be

23/10/2018

Another fantastic creative basketry course completed with Jane over the last weekend!

More courses coming up next year, including coracle making!

25/04/2018

This looks terrific - would be great to see whether we could make something like this happen here in Cateran Country!

Weaving Festival - Denmark 2018

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June from 11.00 to 17.00

‘Weaving Festival Denmark 2018’ is a stimulating and exciting event for all people with an interest and passion for weaving in Scandinavia.

The festival will consist of exhibitions, talks, debates, seminar, markets selling silk, wool and weaving equipment, workshops and short courses.

The program for the Festival is published at www.vaevernes-hus.dk

The ‘Weaving Festival Denmark 2018’ will also include the following:

• Exciting musical entertainment from Folk Singers and Musicians from the whole of Scandinavia
• Good food using fresh local ingredients prepared by the best chefs and kitchens in the area
• Lectures on the local cultural heritage in the surrounding region
• Plenty of good local accommodation available
• Guided tours of the region’s beautiful countryside and wildlife.
• Free shuttle bus between Jyderup Station and ‘Vaevernes Hus’ (5 km)
• Good rail connection between Copenhagen and Jyderup (120 km from Malmø and one hours drive from Sjællands Odde)

Weaving Festival Denmark 2018
takes place in West Sealand in ‘Vaevernes Hus’
on the Kattrup Estate, in Jyderup town and on the Viking Center of Fugledegård.

Entrance to the Festival
Tickets: Single day kr. 150 / Both days kr. 300

Tickets can also be purchased online at www.billetto.dk/vaevefestival

The tickets give entrance to all the activities and offers, with the exception of short courses, which range between 100 and 750 kroner per event.

We give a cordial welcome to all weaving enthusiasts throughout Scandinavia.

Vævernes Hus and Vævere i Vestsjælland are working in conjunction with: Museum Vestsjælland, Naturpark Åmosen, Støtteforeningen. Naturpark Åmosen, Kalundborg Museumsforening, Holbæk Museumsforening, Odsherreds Kunstmuseum
og Malergårdens Venner, Visens Venner Danmark, Foreningen Norden Danmark, Jyderup Højskole

06/03/2018

And ... The Saturday Draw led by Blairgowrie's very own Aileen M Stackhouse! Details in the wee leaflet below and on her website: https://www.aileenmstackhouse.co.uk/courses.html

Look forward to welcoming lots of local folk...

06/03/2018

Lots happening at Alyth Craft Tourism this spring!

First off - Jane Wilkinson's Spring Creative Basketry Course
April 26th (arrival if you are residential), 27th, 28th, 29th (course), 30th (departure if you are residential)
Residential cost for person doing the course: £330

Residential cost for a partner not doing the course but staying in the accommodation: £130
Non residential cost £220

Costs include welcome supper, midmorning, lunch & tea time catering on course days & all materials

06/02/2018

Still time to book yourself on Jane's coracle making course that's happening here in Alyth the w/e of April 6th/7th/8th - contact us for more details and prices!

Covering Piotr's coracle at the Barony for Outdoor Explore.

19/01/2018

Looking forward to being able to share dates for a new Drawing Course with Aileen M Stackhouse at our Alyth Venue! More shortly!

11/10/2017

We've got a bunch of brand new course dates from Willow Artisan Jane Wilkinson for 2018:

1. Coracle Making Course
April 5th (arrival) 6th, 7th, 8th, (course) 9th (departure)
minimum of 5 boats need to be booked for the course to go ahead
Residential cost for one person doing the course, includes one boat and single person occupancy £495
Residential cost for two people doing the course, includes one boat and shared room occupancy £690
Non residential cost £320
£10.00 membership fee for Coracle Society payable in addition to course costs
Costs include welcome supper, midmorning, lunch & tea time catering on course days & all materials

2. Spring Creative Basketry Course
April 26th (arrival), 27th , 28th, 29th (course), 30th (departure)
Residential cost for person doing the course: £330
Residential cost for a partner not doing the course but staying in the accommodation: £130
Non residential cost £220
Costs include welcome supper, midmorning, lunch & tea time catering on course days & all materials

3. Autumn Hedgerow Basketry Course
October 18th (arrival) 19th ,20th ,21st (course) 22nd (departure)
Residential cost for person doing the course: £330
Residential cost for a partner not doing the course but staying in the accommodation: £130
Non residential cost £220
Costs include welcome supper, midmorning, lunch & tea time catering on course days & all materials

Terms and Conditions

Booking
Confirmation of the course place will be made by e-mail in which paypal/BACS details for payment will be given.

Payment Terms
A 50% non-refundable deposit of the course fee is payable at the time of booking with full payment required at least 6 weeks before the course. The fee is non-refundable but may be transferred to a different course if you cancel more than 4 weeks prior to the course. In the case of cancellation less than 4 weeks prior to the course the course fee is non-refundable, although you could find a friend to attend in your place. If you are booked on a course and do not turn up on the day, then no refund or transfer will be given.

Cancellation Policy
We reserve the right to cancel or move a class or workshop due to unforeseen circumstances including illness. Most classes are limited to 8 students and at least 5 students are needed to make a class. In the event of under-subscription, classes may be cancelled or postponed. We will give you as much notice as possible should this happen and you will be able to transfer to another course or receive a full refund. We cannot be held liable for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of class cancellation. Where a course is cancelled we will email or phone you as soon as possib

See wee poster below as well.

Contact us at [email protected] if you would like to come to any of the workshops or if you have any questions.

15/08/2017

Have you voted for your top 10 100 Objects yet?

Voting open until the end of August ...

Fascinating entries and interesting top 10 so far!

Over the summer of 2017 we invited folk to help choose the top 10 Objects from 'A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects. As of the end of August, here were the top 10:

1. Cateran Café
2. Berries & Cherries Tartan
3. Den ‘o’ Alyth, Glenshee Kirk, Alyth, joint third place
4. Cargill’s Leap, Reekie Linn, joint fourth place
5. Bamff Beavers
6. Upper Lunch Hut
7. Alyth Arches, Curling Stone, joint seventh place
8. Barry Hill Kirkton of Glen Isla, Oakbank Mill, Red Squirrel, joint eight place
9. Kirkmichael, The Rivers: Isla, Alyth Burn, Shee Water, Blackwater, Ardle, Ericht, and Lornty Burn, Auchintaple Loch, Clach a' Mhoid (or the Stone of Justice), Kirkmichael Village Shop, Trail Markers, Hamish Henderson, Buzzards, joint ninth place
10. Fermtouns, Blairgowrie and Rattray, Coupar Abbey, Diarmuid’s Tomb, Lime Kilns, Tower Houses, Blairgowrie Drunks Cart, Major William Caulfeild, The Caterans, Glen Beag, Mount Blair, joint 10th place

perthcity.co.uk 19/06/2017

Old Green Kayak Challenge - Perth City

perthcity.co.uk As part of Visit Scotland's Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology in conjunction with Jane from Special Branch Baskets, Piotr Gudan from Outdoor Explore is planning to take a nearly 60 years old kayak down River Tay. Starting at Killin and heading toward Coupar Angus, 85km away!

26/02/2017

This year is the year of History Heritage & Archaeology and as part of the celebrations, we are offering a rare opportunity for people to come and make a traditional Scottish fishing boat, the coracle with willow artisan Jane Wilkinson from 2nd - 5th June. Here's a bit of background:

Coracles or currachs as they are known in Scotland are one of the earliest recorded boats along with dug out canoes. The first records of coracles date back to the early Bronze Age over 4,000 years ago. The Romans even commented on their use at the time of the Roman Invasion. They are a 'skin-on-frame' construction, the frame usually being made of woven sticks or split laths and the skin being a cow or bull hide which has then been stretched across the frame.

The coracles of Scotland tended to be oval or round in shape depending upon what they were made of and the type of river they were being paddled in. If paddled in a shallow river or stream they were flat bottomed and not very deep. If paddled in tidal waters they were deeper with more rounded bottoms.

They made effective fishing boats as they can be manoeuvred very quietly through the water. In Scotland when used for fishing, two boats would be paddled with a net drawn between the boats. The paddlers would each hold a net in one hand and paddle very skillfully with just the other hand. On the River Tay the coracle was also used for catching river mussels in order to extract fresh water pearls from them. On the River Spey a coracle man would attach a rope loosely to his leg and the other end would be tied to a raft of timber. This raft of timber would then be guided by him from say Aviemore down to Spey Bay for sale further south in the country. The coracle man would then return to Aviemore carrying the Coracle on his back. They are incredibly light boats!

Jane got into making coracles as she had been making a lot of creels, or traditional Scottish back baskets used for carrying peat or fish. “They are made in a similar manner to coracles. The main framework consists of a number of large stakes which are pushed into the ground. You then weave around these stakes to form the structure of both coracles and creels. So essentially you are making the boat upside down starting from the gunwale. After weaving a couple of rows you drop the seat plate into position. Then you carry on weaving the rest of the gunwale. You then bend all the uprights over to make the bottom of the coracle. Then all the points at which these large rods intersect are mashed firmly with cordage. The boat is then pulled out of the ground, allowed to dry and a cover is then added. If heavy duty cotton is used this has to be painted with bitumen paint to make it water proof.

On the three day course which runs from 2nd to the 4th June, you will make a willow framework with seat; you will learn how to lash the frame and then cover the coracle with heavy-duty cotton and we will discuss options for waterproofing. You will have a complete coracle and tin of bitumen paint to take away with you! It is a physically demanding project, but it is great fun and people achieve a huge amount of satisfaction on completing their boat and launching it for the first time. There is also the option to have a go at paddling a coracle on Loch Clunie, close by on the morning of Monday 5th June.”

Cost for one person doing the course, includes one boat and single person occupancy £495

Cost for two people doing the course, includes one boat and shared room occupancy £690

Non residential £320

Costs include welcome supper, midmorning, lunch & tea time catering on course days & all materials

All accommodation at either Vanora's Cottages: www.vanorascottages.co.uk of Kirklandbank Farm: http://www.kirklandbank.co.uk

Contact us on [email protected] for more details and to book!

#HHA2017 #Perthistheplace #coracle #willowweaving

18/01/2017

Special Branch Baskets

Check out details of the up and coming coracle course

20/11/2016

New dates for basket weaving and coracle making courses with Jane Wilkinson in 2017!

Spring Creative Basketry (residential)
March 23rd (arrival), 24th, 25th, 26th (course), 27th (departure)
Cost for person doing the course: £330
Cost for a partner not doing the course but staying in the accommodation: £130
(non residential £220)
Costs include welcome supper, midmorning, lunch & tea time catering on course days & all materials

Creative Basketry course, fruit bowls, bread baskets (non –residential)
22nd and 23rd April
£115

Coracle Making Course
Arrival 1st 2nd, 3rd, 4th, leave 5th June - minimum of 5 boats need to be booked for the course to go ahead and we’ll need to make the decision in January. If we don’t do a Coracle Making Course, we’ll do another non-residential creative basketry course.
Cost for one person doing the course, includes one boat and single person occupancy £495
Cost for two people doing the course, includes one boat and shared room occupancy £690
(Non residential £320)
Costs include welcome supper, midmorning, lunch & tea time catering on course days & all materials

Autumn Hedgerow Basketry (residential)
October 19th (arrival) 20th ,21st ,22nd (course) 23rd (departure)
Cost for person doing the course: £330
Cost for a partner not doing the course but staying in the accommodation: £130
(non residential £220)
Costs include welcome supper, midmorning, lunch & tea time catering on course days & all materials

Terms and Conditions

Booking
Confirmation of the course place will be made by e-mail in which paypal/BACS details for payment will be given.

Payment Terms
A 50% non-refundable deposit of the course fee is payable at the time of booking with full payment required at least 6 weeks before the course. The fee is non-refundable but may be transferred to a different course if you cancel more than 4 weeks prior to the course. In the case of cancellation less than 4 weeks prior to the course the course fee is non-refundable, although you could find a friend to attend in your place. If you are booked on a course and do not turn up on the day, then no refund or transfer will be given.

Cancellation Policy
We reserve the right to cancel or move a class or workshop due to unforeseen circumstances including illness. Most classes are limited to 8 students and at least 5 students are needed to make a class. In the event of under-subscription, classes may be cancelled or postponed. We will give you as much notice as possible should this happen and you will be able to transfer to another course or receive a full refund. We cannot be held liable for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of class cancellation. Where a course is cancelled we will email or phone you as soon as possible.

Our Story

Alyth Craft Tourism offers visitors to the Cateran Ecomuseum (www.cateranecomuseum.co.uk) of Eastern Perthshire and Western Angus, the opportunity to learn to craft with some of Scotland's finest makers and artisans whilst staying in traditional stone cottages in the historic town of Alyth.

Launched in 2015, bespoke learning experiences in 2016 are being offered with Alyth based willow artisan Jane Wilkinson alongside the opportunity to visit parts of the Ecomuseum, depending on length of stay.

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C/o 17 Leighton's Square
Alyth
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